Colorado State Trooper charged with drunk driving, BAC twice legal limit | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies made a shocking DUI arrest on Monday.

Concerned motorists reported the erratic driving behavior of a Colorado State Trooper who was in his marked police cruiser.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies intercepted the vehicle, made a traffic stop, and identified the driver as David Dolan, a 21-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol.  Dolan, 49, was in uniform at the time of the arrest.

Trooper Dolan was taken to the police station where he provided a breath sample of .194—more than twice the legal limit in the state of Colorado.

Dolan was charged with driving under the influence, and prohibited use of weapons.  He was released on bond, and a hearing is set for this coming Monday.

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I have a lien on my property. How do I get it released? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Contact the bonding agent who placed the lien on the property. If the lien is in the name of the insurance company on the bond, you must contact the insurance company. You will need to provide a bond release, or certificate of discharge, to prove that there is no more liability on the bond.

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No. A bail bonding agent may attempt to collect any moneys owed by a co-signer on the bond.  However, the bonding agent may not threaten to arrest or harm the co-signer.  If you are clearly threatened with bodily harm by a bonding agent, call the Division of Insurance and your local police department.

What is the responsibility of the co-signer if the defendant fails to appear? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The co-signer is responsible to pay the bail bonding agent the amount of the bond and any reasonable bounty hunting cost incurred by the bonding agent.  If the defendant is found, the co-signer is responsible for whatever fees are incurred to apprehend the defendant as agreed to at the time the bond was negotiated. If the defendant cannot be located and the court orders the bonding agent to pay the amount of the bond into the court, the co-signer is responsible for the payment of such money to satisfy the court.

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As additional security for the bond, a bail bonding agent may require someone else to guarantee the bond by acting as a co-signer. Like the defendant, a co-signer is financially responsible for the full value of the bond and may also be required to provide the bonding agent with some type of collateral or security.

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Bail bonding agents are prohibited from soliciting bail bonds in or around a place where prisoners are confined, arraigned or in custody.  A bonding agent may not contact a defendant in custody to solicit business.  It is proper for a defendant or co-signer to contact the bonding agent.  It is not uncommon for a jailed defendant to have the bail agent call a co-signer to make arrangements for bail.

The bonding agent took the full amount of the bond from me in cash. Is the agent required to give the money to the court? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

No. A bail bonding agent does not deposit cash with the court. The bonding agent files an appearance bond and attaches a power of attorney obtained from the insurance company appointing the agent.  The bonding agent holds the cash as collateral in the event the defendant fails to appear.

The bonding agent asked me to sign a receipt that says my collateral has been returned to me, when it has not. What should I do? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are asked to sign any receipt for money or collateral you did not receive, you should refuse to sign the document.  Ethical bonding agents would never ask you to sign such a release or receipt.