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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

Facing a Colorado Theft Charge? These Defense Strategies Could Help
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Theft is a serious charge that can bring severe consequences. Whether your specific charge is a misdemeanor or a felony will depend upon several factors, including: the monetary value of the property allegedly stolen, whether or not the alleged crime involved a weapon, exactly how the alleged theft occurred, and whether or not you have a criminal history.
 
Felony theft convictions can carry weighty fines and jail sentences… Continue reading this article

Colorado Juvenile Records: How Can You Get Rid of Them?
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Psychological research on brain development and teen impulsivity shows that the adolescent brain’s reward centers have increased sensitivity, and that teens’ brains need to develop more in order for them to be able to rationally consider the long-term implications of bad decisions.
 
Conversely, the same line of research indicates that the deeper into the justice system they are thrust, the worse a teen’s family relationships, educational development, and… Continue reading this article

Ways You Can Be Charged with Colorado Construction Trust Fund Theft
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Construction projects involve a lot of people. Just one house or commercial building requires the knowledge and skill of builders, plumbers, electricians, and more. With so much money changing hands, it can be hard to keep track of who gets paid and where the cash goes.
 
Unfortunately, if money ends up in the wrong hands, or it doesn’t make it to the right hands – in the right… Continue reading this article

Fourteen Years, Forty Years – Penalties Associated with COCCA Charges
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Modeled after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (or RICO) put into place in 1970, Colorado’s 2016 COCCA law continues to aid in the investigation and indictment of crime rings operating among us here in the state.
 
Last spring, the ringleader in a criminal racketeering enterprise was sentenced to 14 years for leading an enterprise that stole mail containing identifying information, personal checks, business checks, and… Continue reading this article

Can You Get Your Name Removed from the Sex Offender Registry in CO?
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Everyone makes mistakes. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, though, you have to carry a reminder of your mistakes with you in the form of a criminal record. It’s something that can make it harder to do things like get a good job, find an apartment, and even take out a loan.
 
Having your name on the sex offender registry is like that… Continue reading this article

Cyberstalking Is Still Stalking in Colorado
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Stalking is a serious problem.
 
Over 25 million Americans (18.3 million of them women) have experienced some form of stalking. Sadly, the internet, cell phones, and other digital forms of communication have made stalking even easier.
 
Moreover, while in-person stalking absolutely still occurs, many people who claim to be stalking victims don’t actually see their harassers. Instead, they hover at a distance, like a dark cloud on… Continue reading this article

Drug Trafficking: What Turns a State Crime into a Federal Charge?
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One of the results of the War on Drugs is that most drug crimes carry an incredibly severe mandatory sentence – especially when they are tried at the federal level. Because of this, it is important to understand how a charge could potentially get federal attention instead of being fought in state court.
 
In this post, we’re going to detail the various factors that might lead to drug… Continue reading this article

‘Tis the Season…to Be Getting an Uber in Colorado
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‘Tis the season for more days off from work, more holiday parties, and more family celebrating.
Unfortunately, it’s also the season for more drinking and driving. The U.S. Department of transportation reports an average of 27 fatalities every day in December due to drunk driving.
Closer to home, nearly 60 arrests for impaired driving occur each day in our state alone, and 500-plus Colorado drivers were arrested during this… Continue reading this article

False Allegations of Domestic Violence: Why Coloradans Make Them
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Many domestic violence allegations are legitimate cries for help, and they should absolutely be taken seriously. However, false claims do unfortunately occur in Colorado from time to time.
 
False claims of domestic violence are a disservice not only to the person accused and to any children from the relationship, but also to the millions of Americans who are genuine victims of domestic violence.
 
Unfortunately, failing to investigate… Continue reading this article