The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of every person accused of a crime to have counsel for the purpose of his or her defense. Accordingly, Colorado has established the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, tasked with defending those who cannot afford to hire private defense attorneys. There is also an Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming which defends people accused of federal crimes.
Being convicted of DUI at any age has many negative effects. But for a minor, these effects can be especially severe. In addition to a criminal record, a fine, and a driver's license suspension, the minor will face the prospect of sharply higher insurance premiums. The insurer may cancel insurance coverage entirely, even if the minor is covered under a family policy.
A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree murder of a 29-year-old man in April 2016. It was the first homicide of 2016 for Colorado Springs.