What does it mean when a sentence is suspended?
Courts have several different sentencing options to choose from when a person is convicted of a crime. In some cases, the judge in a case might give a person a specific sentence and then note that it’s suspended. This doesn’t mean that the person is getting out of having to serve their sentence. Instead, it’s...Read More
DUIs and student financial aid
Like many other college students on winter or spring break, you probably want to let loose and enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two. However, if you make the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, you could face serious consequences, including an injury or arrest.If you rely on loans or...Read More
Avoid these costly mistakes if you have been accused of domestic violence
Colorado, like most states, takes domestic violence very seriously. If there are claims of domestic violence against you, chances are you will be arrested and prosecuted. Thanks to the harsh penalties associated with a conviction, it is not uncommon for the accused party to want to go to every length to clear their name and...Read More
What is resisting arrest?
The police decide to arrest you, but you think they have no reason to do so. What next? Do you hold out your hands for them to cuff and step into the police car as they request? Or do you just stand there doing nothing on the basis that it’s they who want to...Read More
In Colorado, using a fake ID can come with serious consequences
Whether trying to purchase alcohol or enter a 21-and-over-only establishment, each year many young adults in Colorado find themselves in trouble because they have tried to use false identification to misrepresent their age.Unfortunately, teens often underestimate the potential legal consequences as well as the potential damage to their future opportunities. While trying to pass...Read More
Your phone call in custody could become state evidence
The average person doesn’t really understand their rights when they are under arrest. For example, people often forget that they have the right to remain silent but magically remember that they have the theoretical right to make a phone call.Some people use that phone call to get a family member to come bail them...Read More
Is it a crime to pick up someone’s prescription meds for them?
You’re visiting family or friends in Breckenridge over the holidays. Maybe you’re picking up some last-minute gifts at the neighborhood drug store when your mom texts you and asks if you’ll pick up a refill for her Xanax that’s ready while you’re there. Perhaps your brother broke his leg skiing. His doctor called in a...Read More
When can possession turn into a bigger charge in Colorado?
Colorado has experienced a surge in drug-related deaths in 2020 and 2021, which has caused lawmakers to call for reviews of current laws and the implementation of new ones.Because of the danger presented to state residents, policymakers are stepping in to attempt to reverse this devastating course of action.What is causing the rise in...Read More
What you should know about Colorado’s shoplifting laws
There’s been a lot of media coverage lately about brazen, violent invasions and thefts involving retailers on pricey Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to home improvement superstores. However, individual cases of shoplifting are far more common.In addition to stepped-up security around the holidays, most retailers have surveillance equipment throughout their stores and anti-theft devices...Read More
Can I testify in my own criminal case?
Facing criminal charges is a big deal. If you are charged with a criminal offense in Colorado, you might be wondering how best you can defend yourself and get out of trouble. And one of the questions you are likely to grapple with is whether or not you should testify in your own criminal...Read More
How college crimes can impact your future
As a college student, the future may seem like it is a long way off. However, if you commit a crime in school, you could face immediate and long-term consequences for underage drinking, assault, marijuana possession or other crimes.For example, according to the Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services, after a first-time conviction for...Read More
What happens if you face criminal charges on vacation?
People who are on vacation expect that they will have a good time. Most don’t think that they’ll end their vacation facing criminal charges. The ugly truth is that it’s possible that you will have to answer to the court for actions if you violate the law on your trip.If you’re facing criminal charges...Read More