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.
If you are in a relationship for any period of time, you will get in an argument with your significant other. Hurtful words may be exchanged, and things can get heated. Most of the time, things do not escalate too much, you and your partner will make up, and life will go on. Sometimes, however, all those emotions can lead to police pulling up in your driveway and you winding up in the back of a squad car, arrested and charged with domestic violence. The events that led to your arrest may seem like they happened in the blink of an eye, without the police or anyone else listening to what you have to say about what happened.
In shock, maybe angry, and worried about what may happen next, especially if you have been falsely accused – a not uncommon occurrence. You need to make some important choices very quickly in order to keep a difficult situation from getting worse. The law is very specific and clear about the process and procedures leaving little discretion for law enforcement even if the case against you appears to be weak. For example, when a person in Colorado Springs is arrested or charged with domestic violence, that person must remain in jail until they appear before a judge.
Acts and statements that would constitute criminal offenses in Colorado if made “in real life” are just as illegal if made in cyberspace.
This includes harassment, stalking, and bullying. Online harassment comes with serious consequences in Colorado, as our state along with other states try to address the explosive and dangerous growth of such conduct.
“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” – Will Rogers
If you find yourself under arrest, you are indeed in a hole, and potentially a whole lot of trouble. There are things you should do at that point to keep the hole from getting any deeper, such as calling a criminal defense lawyer immediately and exercising your right to remain silent. Unfortunately, many folks dig themselves a deeper hole by making poor choices while being arrested and shortly thereafter.
To keep your bad situation from getting worse, here are four things NOT to do when you’ve been stopped by the police or arrested in Colorado:
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