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June 2017 Archives

Abuse victims feel encouraged: All you have to do is ask for help

Which is sadder to think about: (1) The fact that countless men and women around the United States are being victimized by domestic violence; or, (2) the fact that victims could make the violence stop at the touch of a button if they knew about the resources available to them, right now? The fact is, no one needs to put up with any kind of domestic violence, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, family law attorneys and countless other programs are available to offer information and guidance in this regard.

Colorado governor cuts allowable asset seizure amount

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a new law that cuts the amount of money local law enforcement agencies and task forces can receive from federal asset seizures. According to the governor, the new law will address potential abuses, including keeping "assets seized from innocent people."

Restorative justice and Colorado Springs Teen Court

When it comes to crimes committed by juveniles, Colorado tries to take a restorative approach whenever possible. That word "restorative" is even explicitly written into Colorado law. As Colorado Revised Statutes Title 19 Children's Code § 19-2-102 states:

Should I accept a plea bargain?

When conviction is likely -- given the evidence brought forward by the prosecution in a criminal lawsuit -- the defendant may want to try to negotiate a "plea bargain." Plea bargaining is a powerful tool used by defense attorneys to help defendants receive a dramatically reduced punishment for their alleged crimes.

Getting out of jail before trial - What are your options?

For a defendant, sitting in jail while waiting for the resolution of a criminal case can have devastating financial and emotional effects. You can lose your job. You can lose custody of your children. You can lose your home or be evicted from your apartment. And a long period of pretrial incarceration could tempt you into accepting a bad plea bargain.

What is the Cyber Crimes Center?

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is over Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is over the Cyber Crimes Center (C3). The priority of HSI is to fight criminal activity that is facilitated by or conducted on the internet. The Cyber Crimes Center is made up of the Cyber Crimes Unit, the Computer Forensics Unit and the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit.

How many classes of crimes are there in Colorado?

There are many different levels of misdemeanors and felonies you could be charged with depending on the crime. There are six classes of felonies and three classes of misdemeanors. These classes don't include things like traffic infractions or unclassified misdemeanors or felonies.

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