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What is the best option for a victim of a DV case who doesn't want to press charges or see the case go to trial?: My boyfriend's preliminary hearing is coming up and I'm trying to decide whether or not it would be beneficial or harmful if I go? I am not wanting to cooperate with the DA or see any of this go further. I would like to see it dismissed, but I know that isn't my call. So would showing up to the hearing make any sort of difference to the case?

Asked 9 months ago in Violent Crime

Justie’s answer: They may or may not let you actually watch the hearing. If you are a witness they may exclude you from the courtroom under a sequestration order. However, given that you are a victim then you may be allowed to stay in limited circumstances. Also, you have a right to tel the DA that you want the case dismissed (this is your right under the constitution for the state and the victim rights act). They don't have to do it. And they probably won't. But be sure to tell them what you want to have happen with the case. At a PH like this, though, your appearance or attendance is unlikely to make much difference to the case. Nevertheless, you can definitely learn a few things about the case if they let you listen in.

Answered 8 months ago.


My probation officers wants to extend my dui classes that I have finished. Can she?: I received a dui - did jail time for 3 months, finished my duo classes plus I finished therapy classes. My teachers say that I am finished my classes but my probation officer wants to extend them. Can she?

Asked 9 months ago in DUI & DWI

Justie’s answer: It depends. You need to review the terms and conditions of your probation clearly. You sighed them when you started the sentence. The probation officer has significant discretion-especially if the treatment or education portions of your probation do not go perfectly (and they rarely ever do). This question is about your probation though, and not about the DMV or getting your license back. In that sense, I would disagree with the other attorney here. You may be forced to choose- have your probation violated or do the additional work. When in doubt better to do what is instructed and talk to an attorney to help.

Answered 8 months ago.


Can I get a CDL in Colorado with two duis before 2005?: One received in 1989 and one in 2001.

Asked 9 months ago in DUI & DWI

Justie’s answer: It depends on the facts and circumstances of your convictions. If they were in the commercial vehicle, you will likely be lifetime banned from holding a CDL. If they were in a personal vehicle, and convictions for DUI (not DWAI or lesser offenses) then once again significant lengthy bans up to and including the lifetime ban are possible. When in doubt you can call the Colorado DMV and ask about the consequences of such convictions.

Answered 8 months ago.