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How Does Vonnie’s Law Impact Colorado Stalking Charges?
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Have you heard the story?
 
Vonnie Flores was stalked by her neighbor, Anthony Medina, for five years.
 
Medina would follow Flores when she rode her bike, went for a walk, or went to the store. He made inappropriate advances towards her, and told her he wanted to be in a relationship. Flores’s husband built an 8-foot fence between their homes, but it did little to stop Medina.… Continue reading this article

Waiting to Expunge Your Colorado Criminal Record? It’s Costing You
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Maybe you served your time and just wanted to move on. Or perhaps you beat your charges and didn’t want to deal with more legal nonsense.
 
Whatever your reason, you decided to put off getting your record sealed or expunged.
 
Bad idea.
 
Why? Because even if you have put the past behind you, if you’re lugging around a criminal record, others won’t see it that way,… Continue reading this article

When Abusing Your Child in Colorado Is a Federal Offense
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A number of crimes can be prosecuted at either the state or federal level, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense and the discretion of federal prosecutors. The level at which you are charged is very important, since federal prosecution generally carries much more severe penalties, and crimes tend to be defined more stringently.
 
However, child abuse is a bit unique in this regard.
 
How so?… Continue reading this article

Coloradans Should Know the Difference between Tax Fraud and Negligence
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Tax season is here. Hooray?
 
Even if you have been filing returns for decades, you probably still run into questions or confusion over your taxes, and the pressure of getting everything “right” on your returns doesn’t make the stress any easier. Inconsistencies or mistakes on tax returns can result in an audit, which can lead to penalties and big fines – and even if it doesn’t, you’ll still… Continue reading this article

Why You Shouldn’t Accept Your CO St. Paddy’s DUI without a Fight
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St. Patrick’s Day is famously known for two things: the color green, and celebratory alcohol consumption. Neither of these things is anything close to a secret, and the state of Colorado works hard to curb impaired driving around the holiday.
 
Traditionally, CDOT (Colorado Department of Transport), CSP (Colorado State Patrol), and local enforcement combine efforts in arresting impaired drivers. In 2017, their “The Heat Is On” campaign resulted… Continue reading this article

What It Means to Face Domestic Battery Charges in Colorado
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Batterer – it’s not a pretty stigma. However, if you are charged with domestic battery, stigma and damage to your reputation will be just a few of the many consequences you face.
 
Even an accusation of domestic violence will trigger an automatic protective order. This order is intended to protect the alleged victim, but it results in severe restrictions on the defendant’s civil liberties – especially if the… Continue reading this article

How “Flashing” Someone Can Become a Felony in Colorado
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The idea of someone running around flashing people can seem ridiculous and silly, but police and medical authorities say it’s no joke. Research on sexual deviance reveals that these initial and seemingly harmless acts can lead to worse crimes.
 
It is thought that the two most common payoffs for offenders are a) simply shock value or b) some unfounded fantasy that when the victim sees the offender exposed,… Continue reading this article

Colorado Drug Trafficking Charges: Answers to Common Questions
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Despite national perceptions, many Colorado drug laws have actually gotten more restrictive over the last few years, and we are seeing the effects of those changes here in the Denver area in a big way.
 
If you are facing drug trafficking charges, you probably have a million questions running through your mind. At our office, we’re constantly getting asked many of the same questions, so we thought we’d… Continue reading this article

Harassment? Stalking? In Colorado, They’re the Same… But Not
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The way that Colorado handles stalking and harassment is a little bit strange.
 
On the one hand, if you are charged with stalking, it technically falls under the umbrella of harassment according to the law. In other words, stalking is a way of harassing someone.
 
That makes sense, right?
 
Unfortunately, that little legal oddity makes many people believe that these two crimes come with the same… Continue reading this article

Can Domestic Violence in Colorado Be Charged as a Federal Crime?
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When Colorado police respond to a domestic violence call, and have probable cause to believe it has occurred, it is mandatory for them to make an arrest – regardless of whether the alleged victim denies any violence has occurred.
 
In these cases, it is the state pressing charges, not the victim.
 
However, there are a handful of scenarios which are even out of the state’s hands. In… Continue reading this article