Colorado Springs, CO has an estimated population of approximately 414,358 as of 2009, making it the second most populated city in the state (behind Denver, the state capitol) and the 46th most populous city in the U.S. The city is about 61 miles from Denver, and covers 186.1 square miles, which is the state’s largest city in regards to area. Colorado Springs is positioned over a mile above sea level at the base of Pikes Peak, which is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The city was selected as one of the country’s best cities in 2009 by Outside magazine.
When compared to cities of similar size, the crime rate of Colorado Springs is relatively low, for both violent and property crimes. In 2009, the city reported 15 murders, 342 rapes, 252 robberies, and 1,084 aggravated assaults, which results in a violent crime rate of about 4.8 per 1,000 citizens. This is significantly lower than the national violent crime rate, which is 8.6 per 1,000 citizens for cities with a population of 25,000 to 499,000. That same year, Colorado Springs reported 3,305 burglaries, 10,340 larceny thefts, and 1,048 motor vehicle thefts, which results in a property crime rate of about 35.9 per 1,000 citizens, which is again lower than the national property crime rate, which is 45.9 per 1,000 citizens. However, such crime rates do not mean false accusations and improper arrests are never made. There is still a definite need for experienced and skilled Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers to provide those accused of crimes proper legal counsel and representation.
As a state, Colorado aggressively targets drunk driving with its “The Heat is On” campaign, which significantly increases DUI enforcement during 12 periods throughout the year. In particular, Colorado Springs is often at or near the top in regards to the number of drunk drivers arrested in the state during certain time periods. For example, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2010, Colorado Springs police arrested 38 individuals for DUIs, the second most out of any city in the state, behind Denver, at 46 arrests.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our Colorado Springs DUI attorneys have successfully helped those accused of DUI charges as well as various crimes in Colorado. If you have been charged with a crime or DUI in Colorado, call 719-475-2555 to schedule a free consultation today.