Author: Scott Reisch

Could These Apps Stop Distracted Driving?

Could These Apps Stop Distracted Driving?

There’s no doubt that distracted driving is dangerous. In 2015, nearly 3,500 people were killed and another 391,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. Many states have established laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, but even this has not been enough to put an end to distracted driving. Now, developers are taking matters into their own hands by creating apps that are designed to prevent this dangerous behavior. Could one of these apps stop distracted driving?


The LifeSaver app will automatically detect driving and block drivers’ access to their phones while they are behind the wheel. Drivers will still be able to make phone calls, which is helpful for drivers who find themselves in an emergency situation. In addition to blocking the driver from his phone, this app also silences all notifications so the driver is not distracted by the sound or vibration of an incoming message. However, many critics say this app is not enough to prevent distracted driving because people can easily turn off the “safe driving” feature to regain access to their phones. is a free app that will read your incoming text messages and emails aloud to you so you do not have to take your eyes off of the road to do so. You can also use this app to set responses that will be automatically sent to anyone who texts or emails while you are driving.

Cell Control

Cell Control is an app that is designed with families in mind. Parents can set up a Cell Control account and connect all of their kids’ phones to the main account. Then, parents can establish policies for each phone connected to the account. For example, parents can choose which (if any) apps and features they want their kids to be able to access while they are driving. Unlike other apps, Cell Control does not give teens the power to disable the protections in order to regain access to their phone while behind the wheel. As long as driving is detected, Cell Control will not allow the teen to access anything besides the emergency phone feature.

These apps may reduce the number of drivers who are distracted by their cell phones, but they are not enough to completely eliminate the problem of distracted driving.

Have you been injured by a distracted driver? If so, seek legal representation from the personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

What’s The Difference Between Parole and Probation?

What’s The Difference Between Parole and Probation?

There are several similarities between parole and probation, which leads many people to confuse these two terms. But, parole and probation are very different. If you are facing criminal charges, it’s imperative to understand the difference between parole and probation.

Before vs. After

Both parole and probation are seen as alternatives to incarceration. However, people who are sentenced to probation get to avoid jail time altogether, but that not is the case for people on parole. Probation is served instead of jail time, whereas parole begins after an individual is released from prison. Individuals who are released on parole get to serve the remainder of their sentences in the community instead of behind bars.


People who are on probation or parole are required to comply with certain conditions. Some examples include checking in with a probation or parole officer, refraining from consuming alcohol or doing drugs, and maintaining employment. If someone violates the terms of their probation or parole, they will face consequences.

Someone who violates the terms of their parole will most likely be sent back to jail to complete the remainder of their original sentence. However, people who violate their probation are not always ordered to serve time behind bars. Some of the other consequences that you may face for violating the terms of your probation include community service, fines, counseling, and an extended probationary period.


Probation and parole share several similar goals, including punishing the defendant for committing a crime, protecting the community, and deterring the defendant from committing additional crimes. However, there is one goal that is unique to parole. The justice system uses parole to help defendants transition back into the community. Defendants are under supervision while on parole, so a trained parole officer can ensure they are reintegrating with society without becoming involved with other criminals or engaging in dangerous behavior.


A judge will typically grant probation to defendants who have not committed serious crimes and do not have a prior record. However, a judge does not get to decide whether an inmate is granted parole. As long as the defendant has not been sentenced to life without parole, he may be eligible for parole after serving a certain amount of time behind bars. The defendant will then meet with a parole board, not a judge, who will decide whether or not the individual should be granted parole. The judge who presided over the criminal case may make recommendations to the board, but there is no guarantee that the board will take the judge’s advice.

If you are facing criminal charges, seek legal representation from Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys will help you understand all of the possible consequences that you may face, including probation and parole. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

The Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Court Case

The Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Court Case

It’s impossible to predict how your criminal case will end, but there are a handful of different results that you should be prepared for. Here are the possible outcomes of a criminal court case:

Dropped Charges

Before the trial begins, the prosecutor may decide to drop the charges against you for a number of reasons. For example, the victim of the crime may refuse to participate in the case or the prosecutor may realize that the evidence is too weak to win a conviction in court. Regardless of the reason, if your charges are dropped, you will be free to go and will not face any consequences.

Guilty Plea

You will be required to enter a plea prior to the trial. It may be appropriate to plead guilty under certain circumstances, for example if you are accepting a plea deal. If you choose to plead guilty, then the next step is finding out the consequences that you will face for committing the crime.

Trial Verdict

If you do not plead guilty, the case will go to trial. Both the prosecutor and your defense attorney will have an opportunity to present opening statements, question witnesses, introduce evidence to the court, and make closing arguments. At the end of the trial, the jury will be asked to decide whether you are guilty or not guilty.

When a trial ends with a guilty verdict, the defendant will then have to attend a sentencing hearing. During this hearing, the judge will review the crime you committed, your prior record, and a number of other factors. You may be sentenced to pay fines, complete community service, or spend time behind bars.

A trial could also end with a not guilty verdict. If this happens, you will be immediately released from custody.


A criminal court case can also end in a mistrial, which means the trial has been rendered invalid. This can occur for a number of reasons, including juror misconduct, the jury’s inability to unanimously agree on a verdict, or errors that violates the defendant’s right to a fair trial. If the judge declares a mistrial, the prosecution can either try the case again starting from the very beginning with a new jury or drop the case against the defendant.

At Reisch Law Firm, we are committed to helping defendants reach the best possible outcome in their criminal cases. Our criminal defense attorneys will fight tirelessly to protect your freedom and your future. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Surprising Bus Accident Statistics

Surprising Bus Accident Statistics

Every day, millions of people rely on buses to take them where they need to go. Buses are often seen as a convenient and reliable form of transportation, but unfortunately, buses are not always safe. Many people are injured in accidents involving city buses, tour buses, and school buses every year. Here are some of the most surprising bus accident statistics:

School Bus Fatalities

Between 2006 and 2015, there were over 1,100 fatal school bus accidents and over 1,300 fatalities. Surprisingly, people who were inside the bus at the time of the accident only accounted for 9% of these fatalities. Pedestrians and bicyclists who were hit by the bus accounted for 20%, while other drivers on the road accounted for 71% of fatalities.

School-Age Pedestrians

An average of 7 school-age pedestrians are struck by school buses and killed every year. An additional 4 school-age pedestrians are killed every year after being hit by other vehicles involved in a school bus accident. The majority of these fatalities occurred during the hours that children walk to and from school, including from 6-8 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. For this reason, it’s important to remind your kids to be extra cautious when walking to school, especially when they are around school buses that may not see them on the road.

Type of Bus

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that school buses were involved in more fatal accidents than intercity and transit buses between the years 2005 and 2015. During this time, school buses accounted for 41% of all fatal accidents, while transit buses accounted for 33% and intercity buses accounted for 13%.

Bus Accident Injuries

In 2015, there were 14,000 bus accidents involving injuries. Over 24,000 people were injured in these accidents, which means 146.8 people are injured per every 100 million miles traveled by bus.

If you have been injured in a bus accident, regardless of whether you were inside the bus, walking, or in another vehicle at the time of the accident, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. Filing a personal injury claim is a bit more complicated when a bus is involved, so you will need an experienced attorney’s help.

At Reisch Law Firm, we are committed to helping bus accident victims recover the compensation that they deserve. Let our personal injury attorneys take care of your case so you can focus on recovering from your physical and emotional injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Follow These Courtroom Etiquette Tips

Follow These Courtroom Etiquette Tips

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important to put your best foot forward for each and every court appearance. Every move that you make and word that you speak will be closely watched while you’re in a courtroom, and your behavior could affect how the judge and jury treat you. Make a good impression by following these courtroom etiquette tips:

Dress Appropriately

Your clothing should show the judge that you are taking the court seriously. Men should either wear a suit or a collared shirt and dress pants, while women should wear a skirt or pants suit with or without a jacket. Choose neutral colors and make sure that your clothing is wrinkle-free before heading to court.

Respect the Judge

Show your respect for the judge by standing every time he enters the room. Always address the judge as “Your Honor,” and never interrupt him while he is speaking. If you are speaking and the judge interrupts you, stop talking instead of talking over him.

Be Early

It’s unacceptable for a defendant to show up late to court, so plan on leaving early so you can ensure that you are on time. Remember that it will take extra time to park, go through security, and find the courtroom, so the earlier that you leave, the better. The judge will not care if you had car trouble or got stuck in bad traffic, so don’t try to use one of these excuses when you are running late.

Stay Quiet

You may have questions about something the prosecutor or judge said or feel the need to point something out to your attorney, but it’s in your best interest to stay quiet. Your attorney need to focus all of his attention on what’s going on in front of him, so you shouldn’t distract him by asking him a question. For example, if you ask him a question while a witness is on the stand testifying, it’s possible that your attorney will miss a valuable opportunity to object to a line of questioning. Instead of distracting your attorney, write all of your questions and comments down and discuss them with him after the hearing.

Have you been charged with a crime? If so, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our criminal defense attorneys will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for court so you can make a good impression on the judge. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Questions to Ask Car Accident Witnesses

Questions to Ask Car Accident Witnesses

It’s recommended that you ask any witnesses at the scene of a car accident for their contact information so your attorney can get in touch with them later. Witnesses play an important role in personal injury cases because they may have seen something that you and the other parties involved did not. How can your attorney get to the bottom of what they know? Here are some of the best questions to ask car accident witnesses:

When did you notice the accident?

First, your attorney will establish when the witness started to pay attention to the collision. Some witnesses may have heard the impact of the collision and turned around to look at it right as it was happening. Others may have arrived at the scene of the accident after it had happened in order to see if anyone needed help. But, the most valuable type of witness is one that saw the events leading up to the accident.

Where were you located?

It’s important to find out where the witness was located so you know how well she was able to see the accident. For example, a witness who was driving behind the two vehicles involved in the accident would probably have a good view of what happened, but a witness who was driving in the opposite direction may not have been able to see things so clearly.

What did you see or hear?

Ask the witness to recount what he saw and heard on the day of the accident in as much detail as possible. Was one party driving erratically prior to the accident? Did he notice the either driver speeding or failing to obey traffic lights? Did either driver beep their horn at any point before the accident? Were turning signals used? These are all important questions that can be used to establish fault in the accident.

Can you draw a diagram?

If the interview is conducted in person, it’s helpful to ask the witness to draw a diagram that shows the positioning of each vehicle, the roads, and traffic lights or signs. Ask the witness to include as much information as possible so this diagram can be used to prove the other driver was at fault for the accident.

Remember, let your attorney handle the questioning. Don’t try to speak to a witness at the scene unless you are just asking for their contact information.

At Reisch Law Firm, interviewing witnesses is just one of the many ways our personal injury attorneys gather valuable car accident evidence. We conduct thorough investigations to gather as much evidence as possible so we can help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Common Personal Injury Deposition Questions

Common Personal Injury Deposition Questions

A deposition is one of many tools that attorneys may use to uncover evidence during the discovery phase of a personal injury lawsuit. Your personal injury attorney will thoroughly prepare you prior to a deposition so you know exactly what to expect. What questions will you hear? Here are some of the most common personal injury deposition questions:

Employment Questions

Are you trying to recover lost wages from the at-fault party? If so, expect to hear a lot of questions related to your employment history. The defendant’s attorney will probably ask you to explain what you currently do for a living, how much you make, and how long you have held this position. You might also be asked to list the jobs you’ve held over the last 5-10 years and the reason you left each of these positions.

Medical History

The defendant’s attorney will also ask you questions about your medical history. The purpose of these questions is to determine whether you had any preexisting conditions that could impact your claim. The attorney will very detailed information about which doctors you have seen and what types of treatment you have received over the last 5-10 years. Answer each of these questions to the best of your ability and then add something along the lines of “That’s all that I can recall,” to protect yourself in the event that you accidentally left something out.

Life Impact

During the deposition, it’s very likely that you will be asked how your injuries have impacted your life. How have the injuries affected your day-to-day life? Are there any activities that you can no longer do because of your injuries? The attorney will also want to know whether your injuries have impacted the relationships in your life. For instance, many brain injury victims experience severe emotional and behavioral changes that make it difficult for them to maintain relationships with their loved ones. All of this information will be used to determine whether you should receive pain and suffering damages for your injuries.

Medical Treatment

Another topic that will be covered in your deposition is the medical treatment you received after you were injured. You will be asked to name the doctors you have visited, the treatments you have received, and the dates you received treatment. If you waited to seek medical attention or if there was a gap in your treatment, you will be expected to explain why you made these decisions during your deposition.

While discussing this topic, the defendant’s attorney may ask you a few questions that are designed to get you to say something that can be used against you later. For example, he may ask “But, you’re feeling better today, right?” Discuss how to answer this type of question with your attorney prior to the deposition. Remember, your attorney will be by your side so he can object to the questioning at any point.

If you have been injured, speak to a personal injury attorney at Reisch Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys will guide you through every step of the legal process to ensure you know what to expect. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Nursing Home Abuse vs. Neglect: What’s the Difference?

Nursing Home Abuse vs. Neglect: What’s the Difference?

Over 1.4 million people are currently living in nursing homes across the country. Sadly, many of these residents are not being properly taken care of by nursing home employees or loved ones who visit the facility. Nursing home residents may experience abuse and neglect while living in a facility, and it’s often up to their family members to identify signs of trouble. The first step to protecting your loved ones is learning about the difference between nursing home abuse vs. neglect.

Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse can take many different forms within a nursing home. The first is physical abuse, which is characterized by the use of force against a nursing home resident. Physical abuse is the easiest type of abuse to spot because the victims often have bruises or lacerations on their bodies.

There is also emotional abuse, which occurs when the residents are ignored, humiliated, threatened, or verbally harassed by someone at the facility. Victims of emotional abuse may begin to withdraw and avoid interacting with other residents or employees at the facility. Family members should look for sudden mood changes that indicate their loved one could be suffering.

Nursing home residents can also be sexually abused within the facility. Abusers often target victims who are unable to give consent to sexual activity due to their physical or mental condition. If you are concerned about your loved one being sexually abused, look for physical signs of abuse, including bruising or bleeding, and emotional signs of abuse, including mood swings and withdrawal.

The last type of abuse is financial. This type of abuse occurs when someone steals or misuses money or other assets from a nursing home resident. For example, if an employee steals valuable jewelry or blank checks from a nursing home resident, this is a form of financial abuse.

Nursing Home Neglect

Abuse is always intentional, but neglect may be intentional or unintentional. A nursing home resident is neglected when her basic needs are not met by the staff. For example, residents who are not bathed, cleaned, or given their medications, food, or water are neglected. In many cases, neglect is a result of overstaffing or inadequate training within the facility. If there are not enough employees to care for the residents or if the employees are not properly trained, the residents may be neglected.

Do you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home? If so, speak to an attorney at Reisch Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys will stop at nothing to hold the negligent parties responsible for their disturbing behavior. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

The Difference Between Jail and Prison

The Difference Between Jail and Prison

People often use the terms jail and prison interchangeably, but they actually describe two distinct places. If you are facing time behind bars, it’s important to understand the difference between jail and prison.

Length of Stay

Jails typically hold defendants who are awaiting trial or those who have been convicted of a crime and ordered to serve a short sentence behind bars. Most people who are in jail have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes. On the other hand, prisons are long-term facilities that typically hold people who have been convicted of felony crimes. People who are sentenced to prison may spend years—or their entire lives—behind bars.


Jails are operated by local authorities, while prisons are operated by state or federal authorities. If you are sentenced to jail, the facility that you are sent to will most likely be located near the area where you were arrested. However, individuals who are sent to prison may be sent further away since there are not prisons located in every county. This is especially common in cases where the defendant is convicted of a federal crime. There are only about 100 federal prisons in the country, so chances are the one that you are sent to will not be close to home, which makes visitation difficult.


Prisons have more amenities than jails because the people who are sent to prison will be there for a long period of time. It is common to see vocational training, recreation facilities, classrooms, and halfway house services within a prison. These amenities are provided to prisoners to keep them busy and to help them adjust to life outside of prison once the end of their sentence is near.

New Arrivals

New detainees arrive at jails across the country everyday, however the number of new inmates at prisons is much lower. This is because people who are arrested for crimes such as drug possession, driving under the influence, or assault are taken to jail, whereas people are only taken to prison when they have been convicted of a crime.

Same Rights

Inmates in jail and prison share similar rights, including the right to access the courts, the right to receive medical attention when needed, and the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment.

If you are facing possible time in jail or prison, speak to an attorney at Reisch Law Firm today. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Shocking Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

Shocking Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 46.2 million people who were 65 years or older in 2014. This number is expected to grow over the next several decades. In fact, it is estimated that people over the age of 65 will outnumber people under the age of 18 for the first time by the year 2033. As a result of the aging population, the number of nursing home residents has also dramatically increased. Unfortunately, many of these residents could be abused or neglected within nursing home facilities. Take a look at these shocking nursing home statistics to understand the gravity of this problem:

Most Common Types of Abuse

Numerous studies have been conducted to determine which types of nursing home abuse are the most common. Multiple studies have confirmed that financial abuse is by far the most reported type of abuse, followed by emotional, then physical. It’s important to keep this in mind if you have a loved one in a nursing home because the signs of financial abuse are not visible.

Nursing Home Attendants

A study conducted in 2010 revealed that up to half of all nursing home attendants admit to intentionally or unintentionally abusing or neglecting nursing home residents. It’s very likely that some attendants who have committed abuse or neglect did not admit to it in the survey, which means the actual number could be much higher.

The Abusers

Sadly, in 90% of reported nursing home abuse cases, the victim knows her abuser. This means family members or friends who visit the victim or nursing home employees trusted to care for the victim are often responsible for abuse.


Many researchers have tried to determine how many residents are abused or neglected in nursing homes every year, however the data that they collect is often inaccurate. Why? Many victims fail to report abuse or neglect. In fact, it’s estimated that only about 20% of incidents are ever reported. This could be because the victim is scared, embarrassed, or physically unable to report the incident. It’s also possible that many of the victims lack the mental capacity to understand that they are being abused or neglected.

Because victims often don’t report abuse, it’s important for family members to monitor their loved ones to look for signs of abuse or neglect.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Reisch Law Firm to find out how you can seek justice on behalf of your loved one. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.