Misdemeanors are sometimes thought of as “minor” crimes, but the reality is that a Colorado misdemeanor conviction can have major long-term consequences. No only could it put you behind bars for months and cost you thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, and legal fees, it can limit your career and educational opportunities and leave a stain on your reputation for years or decades to come.
If your child has been arrested, the first thing you need to do is contact an experienced Colorado Springs juvenile crimes defense attorney. He or she can provide you with information and guidance as to what to expect in your child’s particular circumstances, and will immediately get to work protecting your child and their rights. While every case is different, here is what you can likely expect when your child is caught up in a Colorado juvenile case.
You lead a busy and hectic life, as most of us do. This involves spending a lot of time driving – to work, dropping the kids off at school, running errands, or taking care of 50 other things on your to-do list. Sometimes, when you’re in a hurry or your mind is thinking about something other than the speed limit sign you just passed, you’ll find yourself cruising down the road well above that speed limit. You may even do that on a fairly regular basis. But one day, those dreaded flashing lights may appear in your rearview mirror, ruining your day and leaving you with a costly Colorado Springs speeding ticket. In fact, you could just as easily wind up wrongfully ticketed for speeding while driving under the posted speed limit.
No one wants to be arrested. When a Colorado police officer slaps handcuffs on you and starts reading you your Miranda rights, you may be understandably angry, shocked, and scared, especially if you think you’re being wrongfully arrested. When those intense emotions turn into physical acts that threaten or injure the arresting officer, the alleged crime you are being arrested for will be joined by a charge of resisting arrest. This can make an already bad situation worse.
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.
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 are ever arrested in Colorado Springs for DUI or other criminal charges here are four things NOT to do.
The holidays are upon us and that means that holiday parties are upon us as well. Office parties, gatherings of families and friends, New Year’s Eve festivities – these annual events almost always have one thing in common: booze. Statistics show that the number drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths spike during the holiday season. Colorado law enforcement knows this; that’s why they are especially aggressive in going after drunk drivers during this most wonderful time of the year.
You’ve probably heard the old phrase that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” When it comes to stealing other’s property through fraud and forgery, the deception and lies written by that pen can result in years behind bars and a life of being branded a dishonest thief.
In Colorado, if you take someone else’s property without their consent, you won’t be charged or convicted for stealing. Stealing is not a crime.
But stealing is the underlying basis for a number of separate and distinct crimes under Colorado law. Theft is a crime. Robbery is a crime. Burglary is a crime. If you’re caught stealing, you will face criminal charges for one of these offenses, each of which comes with severe penalties upon conviction.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you in a lot of trouble. Being in a place you have no legal right to be at a time you have no right to be there can also get you charged with the crime of criminal trespassing in Colorado. Sometimes, however, it isn’t always clear whether or not someone was within their rights to be on a given piece of property. If you have been charged with trespassing, or believe someone has trespassed on your property, it is important to understand what the crime of trespassing involves and what it does not.
If you were convicted or pled guilty to a crime in Colorado, the last thing you want to do after you’ve served your time, paid your penalties, or otherwise met your responsibilities is to wind up right back in court facing even more consequences. But if you violate any of the terms of your probation, the ordeal that you were trying to put behind you can keep costing you and lead you right to jail.
No Colorado Springs parent wants to get a call from their child or from a police officer advising them that their child has been arrested and charged with drug possession. Whether an error in judgment or being in the wrong place at the wrong time led to that call, it is important that a minor facing criminal charges and his or her parents take immediate steps to minimize the damage that could be caused to the child’s future. Contacting a Colorado juvenile crimes defense attorney as soon as possible is a critical first step.
Child abuse in Colorado is not what you think it is. Actually, it is far more than what you may think it is. While physical violence or injury to a child can certainly constitute criminal child abuse that can lead to jail time and other severe consequences, Colorado law is much more expansive when it comes to the kinds of conduct that can result in criminal charges and conviction.
Kids require care, protection, and safety, and they should certainly not be subject to violence, abuse, or neglect. Almost all parents know this, and so does the law. That’s why Colorado law and Colorado prosecutors treat child abuse charges so seriously. Prosecutors will aggressively seek convictions for child abuse, and due to the severity of the crime, law enforcement will often err on the side of caution, arresting a parent or other adult in situations where no abuse has occurred or a situation has been misconstrued. If you’ve been charged with child abuse, the consequences and stigma can of such charges can put your family, freedom, and future at risk.
It will come as no surprise that driving under the influence (DUI), is the most serious criminal charge you can face for your conduct while behind the wheel in Colorado, especially if someone ends up getting hurt or killed. For many criminal charges, it is often the most prudent strategy to try to get prosecutors to reduce the charges to a lesser offense with less harsh penalties upon conviction. But can that be done with DUI charges? Can you reduce your DUI to a charge of reckless driving?
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