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The defense of automatism: What is it?

If you were accused of a crime in Colorado, your criminal defense lawyer may have a lot of defense strategies available to use. However, some criminal defense options will be more appropriate to employ than others. One criminal defense strategy, the defense of automatism, can only be applied in extremely rare circumstances.

5 things you can do to help your criminal defense attorney

If you have been charged with a crime, the ultimate outcome of your case is undoubtedly at the top of your mind. Unfortunately, you cannot simply make your problem go away. In several important respects, you are at the mercy of the court and an impersonal criminal justice system.

Why should I care about my right to remain silent?

Have you ever heard this phrase in the movies? "You have the right to remain silent and anything you say can and will be used against you." This sentence is something that the police need to tell you when they're taking you into custody. It's required by law. Failure to tell you this could interfere with a prosecutor's ability to pursue a successful criminal action against you.

Colorado's crime rate rising faster than other states

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the 30 largest cities in the U.S. saw an average increase in crime rates of .3 percent. However, for Colorado, the increase in the number of murders, rapes, robberies and auto thefts sent the state's crime rate up by 3.4 percent.

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."

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.

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