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Before You Puff and Pass in CO, Might Want to Check Your Friend’s ID
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Since going completely legal in 2014, marijuana use in Colorado has risen dramatically. Despite lifts on restrictions, however, there are still laws surrounding the use of cannabis and its related substances.
 
Many of these laws reference the business side of the “budding” industry. They dictate where shops can be open, what they can sell, etc. There are also a number of laws that put in place restrictions… Continue reading this article

Campfires in CO Can Be Just As Dangerous in the Winter
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Snow and fire hazards are two ideas that don’t immediately connect in people’s minds. However, the snowy season can be just as dangerous as dry summer months when it comes to campfires.
 
If you are planning on doing some camping before the snow melts this year, or if you are burning debris, it’s important to understand what is still considered winter fire safety. Failure to properly contain your… Continue reading this article

How DMV Hearings Work in Colorado
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There are a number of ways your license can be revoked. Get caught driving under the influence or without insurance or commit certain other infractions, and it’s gone (temporarily at least).
 
In fact, this is often one of the most detrimental consequences of a brush with the law. How do you keep your job if you can’t get to work? How will your children get school?
 
The… Continue reading this article

Possession of Single-Use Substances Now a Misdemeanor in Colorado
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Colorado is leading the charge when it comes to “defelonizing” the possession of certain controlled substances in the United States.
 
The most recent efforts include Jared Polis, Colorado’s Governor, signing House Bill 19-1263 into law. The goal of this law is to help reduce rates of incarceration related to minor drug offenses.
 
It is also intended to help those who are addicted to drugs get the help… Continue reading this article

What Is Recidivism and How Does It Relate to CO Juvenile Offenses?
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The idea behind the criminal justice system as a whole is to rehabilitate criminal offenders, preventing them from reoffending in the future. Unfortunately, this is much easier in theory than in practice.
 
In fact, an enormous proportion of former offenders commit new offenses and end up right back in Colorado state prisons. This problem is known as recidivism and is complex.
 
The Colorado juvenile justice system has… Continue reading this article

Denver Burglaries Down in 2020, But Penalties Are Just As Bad
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We all want less crime in Denver. According to a recent report, we might be doing something right. Denver’s Burglary: Forced Entry 2020 Crime Report was published at the end of January.
 
It includes details about where burglaries (or forced entries) took place, dates, and times. You can also view a full list of burglaries that took place within Denver.
 
The highlight of this report is that… Continue reading this article

Does CO Law Say Leaving Your Kids Unattended in Cars Is Child Abuse?
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We’ve all heard about children dying in hot cars after parents left them unattended. The cases usually receive national attention. Understandably so. Anything involving a child’s death is terribly tragic and sad.
 
Is it child abuse when a parent leaves a child unattended in a car?
 
The short answer: Not on the surface.
 
 
Colorado has no specific statute prohibiting parents from leaving their child unattended,… Continue reading this article

Sexual Assault vs. Unlawful Sexual Contact: There’s a Difference in CO
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Colorado, like most states, catalogs crimes according to certain criteria. When it comes to sexual crimes, certain factors determine each offense’s seriousness, which then impacts sentencing.  Where sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact are concerned, there is one big difference that distinguishes the two offenses: sexual assault requires penetration, while unlawful sexual contact involves touching without penetration.
 
Let’s take a deeper look at these sex crimes. First, we’ll… Continue reading this article

Charged with Growing in Excess of Your CO Medical Marijuana Permit?
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While Colorado continues to pioneer the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products across the US, the industry isn’t without bounds, and the land is far from lawless. One aspect that isn’t lax is the regulations surrounding the trafficking of legally cultivated weed in Colorado, and the specific licensing to do so.
 
With proper permitting, for instance, you may initially grow up to six cannabis plants to supply your… Continue reading this article

Sending CO W2s with Errors Isn’t Tax Evasion, Not Correcting Them Is
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January not only brings a new year but a new tax season as well. For most individuals, tax season is exciting, as we await yet another generous tax refund. For small business owners, however, tax season can be frustrating or downright scary.
 
There’s a lot to keep in order when it comes to filing a business tax return, especially when you’re an employer. The IRS can come down… Continue reading this article