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In the bike lane: 3 tips for safe summer cycling

Riding your bike can be a great way to get exercise in the warmer months of the year. You like saving money on gas by cycling where you want to go, and you don't have to worry about keeping your car at the ready.

Unfortunately, cycling can result in injuries if you're not careful. Drivers on the roads may not pay attention to cyclists, especially if they're not common in the area. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid a crash. What can you do to keep yourself safe on your next ride?

New law makes police report if they seize funds from individuals

When you're pulled over for a traffic violation, the last thing you'd expect is ending up in jail or having your money seized from you. That happened in a case recently, where a man traveling to an auction with $50,000 was accused of having drugs. His cash was seized, even though the officer didn't use a trained drug-sniffing dog and had not found any drugs in the man's possession.

Without a warrant, the officer managed to take the man's money. As a result, the man lost his restaurant, the items he planned to bid on for his restaurant at the auction and had to wait months to get his money back.

Summer is here! Check your car before you get behind the wheel

The summer is here, and so it is time to get your car ready for vacations, extracurricular activities and added miles. Before you head out on the road, it's important to vacation-proof your vehicle. By performing maintenance, you can help prevent accidents caused by defects or mechanical malfunctions.

Breakdowns are one of the most common events you see in the summer. Vehicles that overheat may blow a gasket or ruin their radiators, leading to thousands in expenses. Additionally, if that driver can't get to the side of the road safely, he or she could block the roadway and be at risk of becoming involved in an accident.

Know these terms when speaking about legal malpractice

Legal malpractice is when an attorney doesn't perform within the standards or codes of ethics or professional conduct expected by the community. It's not losing a case, since no case is guaranteed. Instead, it's when an attorney does something that affected the client negatively as a result of negligence or malicious behavior.

Legal malpractice caused by negligence can be identified by showing how the attorney did not represent you at the level expected. Show how the attorney breached his or her duties to you and how the mistake caused you harm.

What are some DUI penalties in Colorado?

Colorado has many DUI laws that could affect you and how you're penalized if you're arrested and convicted of a DUI. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can land you with a DUI that has the potential to cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars, threaten your license and could put you in jail.

If you think you might be able to avoid penalties by refusing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test, you'd be wrong in Colorado. If you refuse, you face penalties thanks to the implied consent law. This is a law that states that any driver in Colorado automatically gives consent to submit to a chemical test of the urine, blood or breath on request to determine if alcohol is present in the body. The tests may also be used to identify if drugs are in the body that could cause intoxication.

Is eating behind the wheel distracted driving?

It's something almost everyone does, and it doesn't seem dangerous in most cases. What is it? Eating behind the wheel while you drive.

Eating behind the wheel doesn't seem like it would be dangerous because you can keep your eyes on the road for the most part. The issue is that you may take your hands off the wheel or look away for a moment, and that can lead to a crash.

3 signs of legal malpractice to look out for

Legal malpractice is a terrible situation to be in, because it means your attorney has failed you due to negligence or disinterest in your case. It's important for your attorney to pay attention and to follow the law when working with clients. If he or she fails to do so and causes you to lose a case or to accept an unfair settlement against your wishes, you may have a case against the attorney.

These are a few different signs that your attorney has committed malpractice. Look out for these three signs to protect yourself.

Distracted driving: A growing problem in Colorado

Distracted driving is a serious and growing problem in the United States. As more technology is released, it's becoming even more likely that people will be performing other tasks behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that puts their lives in danger and endangers those around them.

Distracted driving includes many acts from changing a radio station to talking to friends or using a cellphone. Anything that causes you to look away from the road is enough to be considered a distraction. Interestingly, distractions affect all age groups and is not limited to teens or new drivers.

What you need to know about a plea bargain

There are a number of different steps that take place if you have to go to trial. Understanding each step and what it consists of can help you prepare yourself for court. Here are a few different things to know about how a trial works.

First, know that a trial has an important step called plea bargaining. This step is vital for those who face serious convictions. During this stage, your attorney discusses your case with the prosecution and attempts to come to an agreement on a plea. If a plea is accepted, your case ends without going to court.

Fight against legal malpractice to get what you deserve

Legal malpractice hurts you and your case. As someone who was already struggling with a legal issue, knowing that your attorney didn't do what he or she should have is not only frustrating and insulting but also costly.

Fortunately, you can recognize legal malpractice and take steps to obtain compensation for the way you've been treated. You should not lose your case or have a lack of access to compensation because of an attorney's lack of communication or negligence. Here are a few ways you can tell if you've been a victim of legal malpractice.

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