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How Drug-Free Zones Work in Colorado
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Drug-free zone laws enacted during the 1980’s “War on Drugs” were meant to discourage drug activity near schools and other places children frequent, and protect them from drug trafficking activity. It sounded like a good idea at the time, and in theory, few would argue against this premise.
 
In practice, however, drug-free zones aren’t necessarily effective deterrents. Instead, they often simply impose unreasonably harsh penalties, and include drug… Continue reading this article

A Trucker Is Facing Manslaughter and Homicide Charges in CO – Why?
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A trucker from Texas recently caused a multicar pileup on I-70 near Denver that killed four people, injured four more, and involved at least 28 vehicles.
 
The trucker has now been charged with 40 criminal counts, including four counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of first-degree assault, and 24 counts of attempted first-degree assault for the other motorists involved in the accident. He was also charged with manslaughter.… Continue reading this article

What You Should Know about Colorado’s Statutory Rape Law
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“We’re in love!” “The sex was consensual!” “My partner’s practically an adult!”
 
Every one of these statements could be true, but if one sexual partner is under the age of 17, and the other is not, the older person is left open to charges of statutory rape.
 
Colorado law explicitly says it is illegal to have sex with a minor under 17, even if the victim willingly… Continue reading this article

There’s a Big Difference between Theft and Robbery in Colorado
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While the images that come to mind when we hear either term may be different, there’s actually a very thin line between theft and robbery crimes. Sometimes offenders were never even planning to cross it, but when they do, it makes a world of difference in the consequences one may face.
 
Take one Colorado Springs suspect, for instance, who may have thought the home he was attempting to… Continue reading this article

When the State of Colorado Charges Victims with Domestic Violence
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Domestic violence is an epidemic throughout the United States, and Colorado has chosen a more aggressive approach than most states in fighting it – but these policies don’t always work in favor of the victim. In fact, victims themselves may even be charged with domestic violence, which can result in jail time, loss of custody, and other serious penalties.
 
Protect yourself with the knowledge of Colorado’s domestic violence… Continue reading this article

Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Colorado?
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Picture this. You’re driving home after a dinner out with friends. Maybe you’ve had a beer or two with your meal — maybe you haven’t had anything to drink at all. At some point during the ride home, you look in the rearview and see flashing lights.
 
If you’ve seen cop shows, you probably know what’s next. The police will ask to see your license and registration and… Continue reading this article

Colorado Crimes That Teens Commonly Commit at Prom
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A capstone of the high school experience, prom was designed to create fond memories your child can enjoy for a lifetime. Unfortunately, this good-time tradition often ends up putting added pressure on your teen to create memories he or she thinks should be a part of that tradition instead.
 
Which can be dangerous.
 
Take one Ohio teen who just last Spring was speeding to prom with three… Continue reading this article

What a Colorado Drug Trafficking Charge Really Means
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When most of us think of “drug trafficking,” we imagine drug dealers moving large amounts of drugs. Moreover, we tend to think of large criminal operations and drug trafficking networks. Cartels. Warehouses filled with “merchandise.”
 
This is a common misconception.
 
In fact, drug trafficking is actually one of the most confusing legal concepts. While trafficking can consist of moving drugs from one location to another, in reality… Continue reading this article

The 2 Types of Menacing Charges in Colorado
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A person who uses threats or physical actions to intentionally cause or attempt to cause fear of imminent serious bodily harm or injury in another person in Colorado is said to have committed a crime of menacing, or battery. In other words, menacing is a crime of making criminal threats.
 
Menacing is closely related to, but different from assault. The two crimes are nonetheless frequently charged together in… Continue reading this article

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