Drunk Driving and Liability


Is a tavern liable for a patron that engages in drunk driver injuring others?

In Colorado, a bar may be liable to a person that is injured (or to a person’s family if the accident is fatal).  To recover, in general, the injured party must demonstrate that the tavern willfully and knowingly sold or served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person or to a minor.  C.R.S. § 12-47-801. The statute of limitations is generally only one year from the date of the accident.  C.R.S. § 12-47-801.

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Five Essential Quotes to Remember on Presidents Day

The third Monday of every February is Presidents Day, a celebration of the Presidency of the United States. While upon its initial establishment, the day was more focused on George Washington, the holiday gradually opened up its focus to every President in the U.S. throughout history. However, select states still honor individual holidays as a tribute to Washington, as well as other Presidential icons such as Abraham Lincoln. With the many great minds that have led the country, it’s important to look back on the iconic quotes they’ve left us with. Let’s celebrate Presidents Day by looking back at some of the most memorable sayings from our former leaders.

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. ” -George Washington

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” – Ronald Reagan

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Auto Accidents and Claims

If I am in an auto accident with a city, county, or state worker and they are at fault, can I make a claim against the city, county, or state?

In general, a governmental employee has immunity for all claims which could lie in “tort”. However, a claim can be made against a public entity, if the employee of the public entity is operating a motor vehicle owned or leased by a public entity, and that employee while driving is acting in the scope of employment. C.R.S. 24-10-106. There are some exceptions for emergency vehicles in some circumstances.

Injured by a motor vehicle driven by a city, county or state vehicle? Call Law One.

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Denver, CO 80202



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Is My Wedding Ring Marital Property?

 Gifts of nonbusiness tangible personal property, given from one spouse to another, is presumed to be marital property pursuant to C.R.S. § 14-10-113(7)(a). However, the presumption may be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

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By |February 7th, 2020|Family Law|Comments Off on Is My Wedding Ring Marital Property?|