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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and DUI / DWI for Colorado on
Q: Do I need a lawyer for first time DUI and Leaving the scene of accident?

I tied to qualify for public defender however, my pay would not allow it. I had my first appearance on the 29th. All the judge did was ask if I had an attorney, and since I did not he rescheduled my date to March. Why did it get rescheduled? Is he implying that I should get a lawyer?

Sean Maye
Sean Maye answered on Jan 4, 2021

You absolutely need a lawyer. DUIs, let alone those involving injury/accident, are very complicated. Call an attorney like myself for a free consultation at least.

As for your court dates, yes the Court is implying you need lawyer. Typically, if you don't have a lawyer when in Court...
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Q: I was given a summons for careless driving. There was injury to a person and myself.

Was coming to a red light and was going to push my brake pedal and my foot slipped and I pressed the gas. What should I do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 19, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for almost a week and you need to take action immediately, as time is of the essence in two respects. You could repost under Traffic Tickets, because an attorney who handles those could advise you on your options with traffic... Read more »

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Q: At which point when backing out of a parking space are you considered taking the lane?

I was reversing out of a parking stall and was almost entirely out of the stall when a car, perviously out of sight, and I collided. It was ruled I was at fault as he had right of way

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 16, 2020

A Colorado attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a GENERAL matter in virtually all jurisdictions nationwide, vehicles proceeding in the main roadway have right of way over vehicles attempting to enter the normal flow of traffic. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: An insurance company is denying a legitimate claim.

If I have to involve a lawyer, can the company be held responsible for fees?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 15, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Recovery for attorney fees could depend on jurisdictional rules and the type of insurance involved. As a GENERAL matter throughout the nation, if the denied claim involves bodily injury, attorney fees are typically... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: Person moved but still continue s to use old address as proof of address
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 15, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a month. If it was done close to the time of moving, it could have been an oversight. At any rate, correcting it could help avoid future headaches. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Colorado on
Q: Should I settle for the 1st amount offered for an accident if I don't feel right about it?

I was rear ended as a passenger at a traffic light. I now have major back problems. There were 3 others in the vehicle but it appears I was injured the worse. The accident happened in Colorado but I reside in Las Vegas. Since I was not going to the doctor on a regular basis, my attorney wants me to... Read more »

Jeremy Rosenthal
Jeremy Rosenthal answered on Sep 29, 2020

You should get a ere consultation with another Colorado lawyer and hopefully that can help put you at ease.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: Son was in a single-car accident. Should he plead guilty or go to trial? Charges: careless driving with bodily harm

My son is 18 and rolled his car after he fell asleep at the wheel. No impairment. His friend, a minor, was in the passenger seat and received very minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital (protocol for a minor) and released within hours.

My son initially pled not-guilty, and now... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 25, 2020

Only a Colorado attorney is qualified to answer your question, but it remains open for two weeks and time is of the essence. I hope both kids are okay. Don't lose further time awaiting a reply here - the Car Accidents category is more about the civil side of things in terms of injury claims -... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: I need to know which county I need to File a small claims in.

My car was hit in Brighton CO by a truck from a trucking company in Milfor NE. Their Insurance will not pay for damages even though the driver was found guilty in a Brighton court. So do I file in Adams county or in Seward County?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 23, 2020

First, if you were hurt contact a member of the Colorado Assn for Justice for the county where it happened--they give free consults.

Technically, you can file either where it happened or where they do business. I'd go for the county where it happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: So I was in a walmart parking lot the lady in front of me said I hit her rear end so she called the police

Can a officer issue a ticket on private property?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

Depends on the state. If you didn't hit her rear end see if there is a security cam image of the event. Do this ASAP as they will usually get rid of all images after a certain period.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Colorado on
Q: Hi i was in a car accident in Feb. 2018, n I am getting mail that I have to pay $40,000 worth of damages, do I negociate

I was really badly hurt, but officer gave me ticket I slid in ice and went to court, but was not in right state of mind when going to courts

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 20, 2020

It sounds like you were sued and served with papers? You really need to get your insurance involved. If you received suit papers and you don't have insurance you need to make sure you don't get a default by filing an Answer and entering your appearance "pro se." Check with the... Read more »

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Q: what form I need to file a claim against city of Erie, I was in accident caused by the snowplow. Something 109a crs?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 18, 2019

First if you have collision you can run it through that and let them go after the city.

What you have to do is send the city a Tort Claims Act notice. Depending on your situations--property damage only, injuries, liability may be made against you but they are at fault--different things...
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Q: If the other party was at fault in a vehicle accident , will they pay me directly or will they pay the loan holder?

I owe 5k on an auto loan and the car was worth 15k

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

Get the payoff figure. From your example, if the value is 15, the loan company gets paid, releases the title, then you get paid is the normal sequence. If you were hurt in the wreck, contact a member of the Colo. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: How to find third contigency fee attorney after being fired from previous attorney? Urgently
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 25, 2019

You could search for one on this site (under Find-a-Lawyer above), conduct your own independent searches, or contact the Colorado Bar Association. In terms of your urgency, the more information you are able to readily provide about the disposition of the case when you call prospective attorneys,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: I was in an accident and received a citation for careless driving. What are my chances of pleading for a reduced charge?

I was riding my motorcycle and crashed into pickup truck in an intersection. I was given a mandatory court date at El Paso Combined Court for careless driving. I have a clean driving record up until this accident and was respectful and polite with the officer who issued the citation. I was the only... Read more »

Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh answered on Nov 10, 2019

Most prosecutors will offer a point reduction based on the facts you describe - clean driving record, no injuries (I assume), your respectful attitude to the officer, etc. While there is no requirement that the prosecutor offer a traffic infraction plea bargain, that is commonly what happens.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: What do I do if I know I’m not at fault and have witnesses involved in accident?

I was t-boned on driver side I did have my child behind me and 2 other people in the vehicle with me I was coming out of a private drive making a left hand turn now I know most likely they say the person at fault is the one making that left hand turn but In this case it wasn’t my fault I yielded... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

see my response to your double post.

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Q: What can I do if I was not at fault and have witnesses involved ?

I was coming out of private drive onto 1-70 frontage road, I did yield for about 5 minutes before proceeding no cars were coming so I went for the left hand turn a car was coming but was back enough to have seen and did not break the speed limit was 35 and he was not going that speed the impact was... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Plead not guilty on the ticket. Contact a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Assn who handles injury cases. The problem you have is that you 1) pulled out 2) decided to make a left rather than go right and then execute a turn so that you can come out on a light. She will doubtless say you puilled... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: Incorrect vehicle information

My friend recently got a ticket for going 4 over the posted speed limit, when the officer put her vehicle information in he put in the wrong make, color and year will this dismiss the ticket?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

First question is was it for 4 or did the officer say "I clocked you at 15 over, I'll make it 4 so you don't get points?' If that was the case don't rock the boat--the judge will see someone who got a break being ungrateful--and penalize them.

As long as the plates...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: Daughter in car accident. Insurance company dragging feet on liability and being very ridiculous.

Insurance has taken statements from both drivers, has police report and witness statements. Other driver cited for illegal left turn / failing to yield (daughter going straight thru intersection). Insurance has twice stated that other driver at fault/liable. Yet 4 weeks after accident they... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

In most states the law says car damage has to be settled promptly and fairly. Most give 30 days. At 30, file a complaint with the insurance commissioner. If your daughter was hurt she should get treatment and see a member of the Colorado Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: Suing for personal injury (rear ended)

My attorney sent a demand and the insurance company responded with a counter off totaling less than my medical. My lawyer advises that if they don’t comply with my demand to file a suit. My lawyer isn’t sure why they’re not honoring this demand as I had lost wages as well. Should I be... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 6, 2019

I wouldn't be alarmed. But this is something you should really discuss further with your attorney because the basis for you and the carrier reaching a common ground depends on the specific damages and liabilities in your case. Rather than applying formulas based on multiplying medical expenses... Read more »

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