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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 difference between a grand jury and a trial jury?

The justice system often uses two types of juries in criminal law matters: the grand jury and the trial jury. These two juries are tasked with very different responsibilities and are comprised of people who have been called to serve on jury duty. Below are the differences between the two:

5 people arrested and charged with first-degree murder

The most serious crime that any Colorado resident could be accused of is murder. When a murder happens, and a suspect is accused, that individual will want to secure the highest quality legal council available because if he or she loses the case, the individual could go to jail for life.

Undercover operation nets 280 pounds of pot

An undercover drug operation brought on by another drug bust at a Colorado farm last year has netted Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials with 290 pounds of pot. The investigation had gone on for nine months when authorities raided 19 businesses and homes and arrested over a dozen people.

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