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Category: Violent Crimes


Domestic Violence and Child Custody
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If you have been charged with a crime of domestic violence, the outcome of your case can have an impact on any pending or future child custody matters.  The mere fact of your being charged can also have an impact as well.
 
In Colorado, any time an incident of domestic violence occurs and a child is present, the defendant also will be charged with a count of Child Abuse… Continue reading this article

Aaron Hernandez Held Without Bail
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A case receiving significant media attention this week is the case of former Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who now faces murder charges in the state of Massachusetts.  He is being held without bail.
 
While bail is possible on a charge of murder, it is unusual.  Mr. Hernandez’ attorney advocated for a bail being set, arguing that Mr. Hernandez had a clean record, was a resident of the county in… Continue reading this article

Use of Force on an Intruder – Changes Considered
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Current law permits Colorado citizens to use physical force, even deadly force, against another person when (1) that other person has made an unlawful entry into their dwelling, (2) when the homeowner/resident has a reasonable belief that the intruder has committed or will commit a crime in the home, and (3) when the homeowner/resident reasonably believes the intruder may use any physical force against the homeowner.  A change to this… Continue reading this article

Bill Proposes Change in Insanity Defense
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A bill currently being considered by the Colorado House proposes a significant change in how the insanity defense would function in Colorado’s criminal courts.  Under current law, if a defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity and introduces any evidence of insanity, the prosecution ultimately has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was, in fact, sane.  The bill currently under consideration proposes that the… Continue reading this article

The Effect of House Bill 12-1271 in the Austin Sigg Case
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House Bill 12-1271, signed into law earlier this year, could play a significant role in the case of Austin Sigg, who has been charged with the murder of Jessica Ridgeway.  Sigg’s attorneys have already declared that they will be seeking to implement the reverse transfer procedure provided for by this bill.
 
What is a reverse transfer? Essentially, what a reverse transfer does is allow a juvenile who has been… Continue reading this article

Conviction of Sex Crimes Can Have Far Reaching Effects
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Rarely does a week go by when a story does not arise in the media about someone being arrested on criminal sex or indecency charges. Whether the District Attorney has charged a defendant because of forensic interview with the victims or because a concerned parent has brought forth allegations, it seems that the Denver area is not immune from the accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct that plague the rest… Continue reading this article

House Committee Kills Juvenile Parole Bill
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Recently, the State House Committee voted down a bill that would reverse the life sentences of 48 murders in Colorado.  Each of these individuals was a juvenile at the time they committed the offense for which they are incarcerated.  Between 1992 and 2006, Colorado applied life without parole to certain juvenile offenders.  This was changed in 2006.  However, for those juveniles sentenced between 1992 and 2006, parole is not possible… Continue reading this article