Life in the military isn’t the same as it is for those not in uniform. For members of our armed services, the risks can be greater, the sacrifices can be larger, and the challenges can be more difficult to overcome. Additionally, those in the military are subject to different rules and have different rights than civilians. This is especially true when it comes to servicemen or servicewomen charged with a crime.
There are a number of very important distinctions between the criminal justice system that applies to civilians and the one that handles crimes by members of the military. If you are a soldier, sailor, or airman who finds themselves in trouble with the law, it is important that you understand the differences between these two systems – and that you retain an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and guide you through a difficult time.
Every year, more Coloradans die from accidental drug overdoses than they do from traffic accidents, and every this public health crisis continues to get worse. According to the Colorado Health Institute, the state’s rate of drug overdose deaths climbed 68 percent between 2002 and 2014 and is significantly higher than the national average. Over 900 Coloradans died from overdoses in 2014 alone.
These deaths are caused by “street” drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine as well as by prescription drugs, primarily opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin.
When people do overdose, they often can be saved with immediate medical attention. Statistics show that most ODs happen in the presence of other people who could theoretically call 911 or take the individual to an emergency room to get the help that could save their life. However, individuals who are overdosing and the folks around them often don’t seek medical help because they are afraid they will get charged with a drug crime if they do so. If you are ever charged with a drug crime, be sure to contact a drug defense attorney immediately.
Domestic violence is already a serious criminal offense in Colorado. But a 2016 law makes it clear that “habitual offenders” who engage in repeated acts of violence against spouses, intimate partners, and children will now face consequences much greater than they may have in the past.
If you walk out the door of a store, business, or other retail establishment in Colorado with goods you haven’t paid for, you could find yourself walking straight to jail. Shoplifting is theft, and theft crimes come with serious penalties, especially if what you stole is worth a lot of money or if it isn’t your first shoplifting offense. Beyond jail time, hefty fines, and restitution, a conviction for shoplifting or any other theft crime can haunt you for years to come, reducing employment opportunities and casting doubt on your honesty and trustworthiness.
Even the most accurate scientific instruments can produce inaccurate results if they are used incorrectly, are improperly maintained, or are damaged. The breathalyzers and other breath-testing devices used by Colorado law enforcement to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol are no different. While the results of breathalyzer tests can be the key to a drunk driving conviction, proving that those results were flawed and unreliable can be the key to an acquittal or dismissal of the charges. If you are charged with a DUI, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
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