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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

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