There is a significant amount of legalese in a Colorado criminal court. Some people charged with a crime may not quite understand what all the terminology means. This is one reason why it's important to have an experienced attorney by your side to help ensure that your rights are not violated while your case moves through the criminal justice system.
In Colorado, there are specific requirements that must be met for someone to get a protection order. These orders are meant to provide protection from people who mean you harm, but may only be one of the following:
Colorado, just the same as every other state in the nation, looks down upon driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There is never a good time for a person to drive under the influence, as this increases the chance of an accident. Even if the person is able to avoid an accident, he or she could get in trouble with the law, leading to a fine and possible license suspension among other penalties.
Do you know the legal definition of the term "domestic violence" in the state of Colorado? All too many defendants are unaware that their assault and battery and other charges could be upgraded because of domestic violence allegations. Understanding the formal definition of domestic violence can help defendants formulate a more effective criminal defense against these accusations.
Just the same as every other state throughout the country, there are people in Colorado who enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with friends and family. Some people do so with alcohol, with a small number deciding to get behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink.
A new bill that would increase the penalties for multiple-offense DUIs has advanced in the Colorado House. Legislators in the state passed the bill through the Appropriations Committee, which means it is on its way to being considered by the entire body of lawmakers. A representative from Colorado Springs, Mark Waller, is sponsoring the bill. Although he said the move was a positive step forward, he stressed the fact that the repeat offender law is still not close to being improved or implemented.
In Jan. of this year, Colorado passed a measure to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Since that time, law enforcement officials around the state have ramped up efforts to identify those drivers who may be driving while high. Much like the public service campaigns waged against drinking and driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation recently kicked off the agency's "Drive-High, Get a DUI" public safety campaign.
Criminal charges related to acts of domestic violence such as domestic assault, harassment and reckless endangerment carry serious penalties for those who are ultimately convicted. In addition to spending potentially months or years behind bars, those convicted of criminal charges related to domestic violence often suffer irreparable harm to their reputations and personal and professional lives.
This past Super Bowl weekend, many Colorado residents attended parties to cheer on their beloved Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, the weekend proved to be life changing in a negative way for both members of the Broncos team and 315 Colorado drivers. This number represents those drivers who were arrested by police officers throughout the state for suspicion of driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol during Super Bowl weekend.
When a person is allegedly involved in some type of disagreement that may get out of hand, authorities may be called to assess the situation. In some cases, charges may be filed against a party involved that could come with serious penalties if the individual is found guilty. Domestic violence and kidnapping allegations are severe accusations to deal with, and knowing how to handle the situation could be prudent.