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The Most Common Cause of Traffic Accidents is Human Error - Part II

Daniel Noffsinger - Friday, September 15, 2017

This series is in support of exchanging the word ‘accident’ with ‘car crash’ when referring to automobile accidents. In the second and final part of the series, attention is paid to ‘accident’ language and why it has created a dismissive approach to the increase in car crash fatalities.
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The Single Most Common Cause of Traffic Accidents is Human Error - Part I

Daniel Noffsinger - Friday, September 01, 2017

Grassroots campaigns led by nonprofits and safety advocates have begun efforts aimed at automobile drivers, laws, and reporting in this country to remove the word ‘accident’ from the popular lexicon when describing a car crash. They believe that people have become too complacent and there is a general sense of apathy surrounding car crashes. Last year car crash fatalities rose 8% over 2014, killing 38,000 people.  READ MORE...

Arson and Insurance Fraud

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Arson crimes are on the rise in the state of Colorado. Just last year, a body was recovered from a burned RV parked outside of a church in Pueblo. In addition to aggressively prosecuting arson cases, the state of Colorado has created a specialized unit, the Insurance Fraud Unit, which goes after people that commit arson to receive insurance claim proceeds. The following post examines arson crimes in Colorado and why insurance fraud cases are pursued so aggressively in Colorado Springs.  READ MORE...

Video Recordings Now Part of Police Investigations

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The use of deadly force by police officers in cities all over the United States has been a hot topic since last year. In 2015 alone, according to The Guardian newspaper, 1,134 people were killed by police. A disproportionate amount of the dead are young, unarmed, African-American males. When the incidents are investigated, many feel the use of deadly force was unnecessary to apprehend the suspect. Others feel the police officer had reason to believe his or her own life was in danger, necessitating the use of deadly force.
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What Can You Do if Your Spouse Takes an Extreme Position During Divorce or Family Law Proceedings: An Inspired Approach (Part 2)

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In our last post we explored strategies and tips on how to deal with an ex who takes an extreme position during divorce or family law proceedings. The first tip provided was to have realistic expectations. In this next installment, we will outline additional tips to help you navigate roadblocks to settlements in divorce and family law proceedings. If the parties cannot agree to a settlement of their disagreement among themselves or with their lawyers, the dispute will be decided by a judge in the divorce or family law proceeding. There are many court supported mediation programs available to litigants in Colorado. Consult a divorce or family law attorney for the options available in your situation. The analogy that I often use is that you and your ex can sit down and take things apart with a scalpel, as precise as you’d like; or, you can let the judge take an ax to it.  READ MORE...

What Can You Do if Your Spouse Takes an Extreme Position During Divorce or Family Law Proceedings: An Inspired Approach (Part 1)

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The first known use of the phrase shuttle diplomacy was in 1974. In that year, then U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was busy traveling back and forth among Middle Eastern nations, in an effort to help the nation states solve their disputes. Unable or unwilling to communicate with each other, the nation states relied on Kissinger to state each side’s position to the other side. Despite his attempts Kissinger, was unable to broker a lasting solution to the problems the nation states had with each other.  READ MORE...

DWAI and DUI Laws in Colorado

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The state of Colorado has two alcohol related driving offenses distinguishable and charged by the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of the drunk or impaired driving suspect. They are driving while ability impaired (DWAI) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).  READ MORE...

What Happens to Military Benefits After Divorce?

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The military attracts many young people and provides them with a number of incentives to marry. Like their civilian counterparts, military married couples share and enjoy health insurance and retirement benefits during the life of a marriage and are subject to division when the couple divorces. According to familystudies.org, the military is still characterized by high and early marriage rates due to both institutional pressure and support. Non-military ex-spouses receive the most continued benefits after divorce if they qualify for 20/20/20 benefits or 20/20/15 benefits. However, the elements to qualify are rigid and specific.  READ MORE...

Recent Developments with Juveniles in Criminal Law Proceedings

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Under Colorado law, a person under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile when charged with a crime. The juvenile criminal defendant appears in juvenile court. Colorado’s Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over juveniles over the age of 10 up to 17 years of age. At 12, a Colorado juvenile is eligible to be tried and sentenced as an adult if the child is accused of committing a class 1 or 2 felony or crime of violence. The proceeding is then transferred, or if the criminal defendant is 16, direct filed with the District Court. In the last year there have been a number of developments with respect to juveniles in criminal law proceedings. The following post will review the most significant of the developments.  READ MORE...

Interplay Between Religion and Divorce

Daniel Noffsinger - Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Before Carrie Bradshaw there was Helen Rowland. Rowland, a journalist at the top of the twentieth century, wrote a column in the New York World captioned Reflections of a Bachelor Girl. Rowland’s observations on the relief or lack of it in divorce are quite poignant. She writes, “When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that ‘they don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at last begun to.” She adds, “Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money, and divorce a matter of course.”  READ MORE...