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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

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