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Posted July 2, 2021

What are possible consequences for missing a court date?

It is understandable that you may attach some dread to the process of going to court for criminal charges. However, the possible ramifications of failing to comply with an order to appear should be a far more worrisome prospect.If you are facing criminal charges, you have to be present when a court hears your...
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Posted June 30, 2021

What happens if my partner accuses me of domestic violence?

Each year, many people make false accusations of violence or abuse against their partners. Some do it to gain control or prevent someone from leaving them. Others to gain an advantage in child custody matters or to cover up their own actions.If your partner files a complaint to the police, you need to seek...
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Posted June 23, 2021

Small business owners may face felony charges for wage theft

Colorado law classifies the intentional nonpayment of an employee’s wages worth at least $2,000 as a felony theft offense. As noted by Construction Dive, nonpayment may include paying employees late or deducting unauthorized expenses.An employer may generally deduct costs for tools, materials and transportation from employees with their consent. In some cases, a small...
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Posted June 10, 2021

Going over examples of drug paraphernalia

If you are facing drug charges, your life could unravel in various ways. Aside from financial penalties, you could have a shattered reputation, lose friends and lose your job. Even seemingly minor charges, such as those involving the possession of drug paraphernalia, can result in harsh repercussions.Moreover, some people are wrongly accused of drug-related...
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Posted June 4, 2021

How does expungement work in Colorado?

An arrest record follows a person around for years. Many companies require a disclosure of any criminal arrests and convictions before hiring new employees. A background check may wind up keeping a person from advancing.Getting a record expunged may help. A person may petition the court to erase all evidence of a criminal record,...
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Posted June 3, 2021

Can I get rid of my drunk driving charge?

Colorado has some of the harshest drunk driving laws in the nation. The charge of DUI results from having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above. The state also has Driving While Ability Impaired. The police may charge you with a DWAI if you drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to...
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Posted June 2, 2021

What are assault and battery in CO?

The phrase “You are being arrested for assault and battery” appears so often in criminal dramas that many people believe that these are the same crimes. In fact, the laws surrounding assault and battery are different depending on what state you are in.In Colorado, assault and battery are two distinct crimes, although, according to...
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Posted May 18, 2021

What is a status offense, and what does it mean for a teen?

If your teen engages in what the law considers a “harmful activity” for his or her development, he or she may face status offense charges. A status offense is an activity that is not illegal in its own right but rather, becomes illegal when the person who engages in it is not of legal...
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Posted April 30, 2021

What medicines may register false positives in drug tests?

You might be in the process of applying for a job or law enforcement may approach you on suspicion that you have illegal drugs in your possession. Whatever the situation, a drug test may be in your future. While a test might show that you have not ingested illegal substances, it could cause you...
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Posted April 22, 2021

Civil vs. mandatory protection orders

When there is suspected domestic violence, a protection order often comes into play. Also known as a restraining order, this protects the victim from the accused perpetrator.There are different types of protection orders, and two are civil and mandatory. The individual who receives one of these orders must follow its instructions or face certain...
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Posted April 2, 2021

How can a criminal conviction affect your future?

Not all crimes carry the same gravity of consequences. However, even relatively minor infractions could cause you some long-lasting repercussions. Jail time may seem like the most serious consequence of criminal charges. However, there are many other long-term consequences that do not go into effect until after you have served your sentence. ProbationEven if you do not...
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Posted March 29, 2021

What are the possible consequences for using a fake ID?

People who are under the age of 21 could find themselves in serious trouble if they face an arrest for possession or attempted use of a fake ID. This offense is not a felony, but it may carry multiple negative consequences that may make it difficult for people to achieve their goals. Young adults contending...
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