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August 2018 Archives

What do I have to prove as a criminal defendant?

If you've been arrested or accused of a crime -- no matter what the circumstances -- you have the legal right to defend yourself in court. You also have the legal right to an attorney who will represent you and assist you in defending yourself. During your defense, however, you are not required to prove anything.

Peer pressure, teens and crime: A clear link

When examining why people commit crimes, one of the reasons -- though not typically thought of as a primary one -- is that they face peer pressure. In other words, someone else convinces the person to commit a crime that he or she would not have carried out otherwise.

Colorado penalties for domestic violence crimes

Domestic violence is a common crime throughout Colorado and one that can lead to serious consequences. Those who have been arrested and accused of this crime need to know what type of penalties they will face if convicted. Domestic violence is not covered by one specific statute in Colorado, but there are still penalties for the commission of such a crime.

Were you charged with a drunk driving offense? You're not alone

The last blog post referenced a survey that produced a surprising statistic about impaired driving in Colorado: Most of those arrested for this offense are men. However, there was another surprising statistic in addition to this one: Approximately 27,000 people were arrested for impaired driving offenses in Colorado in the 2016 calendar year.

Many Colorado DUI cases involve males in their 20s

To better understand DUI arrests in Colorado, a study was carried out to examine who got arrested, using data from 2016. What it found is that young men made up a very hefty percentage of the arrests, with about 33 percent of all cases involving males in their 20s.

Police cannot influence you to drive drunk just to arrest you

Police are supposed to enforce the law, but that does not mean they can go out of their way to convince you to break it just so that they can arrest you. Doing so is known as entrapment. If you do get arrested in this fashion, you may be able to use that entrapment as a defense, essentially claiming that you would have followed the law without police involvement.

3 common complications in military divorce

Getting a divorce is difficult enough without any further complications. But for couples with one or both spouses enlisted in the military, things can get even more complicated quite quickly. There are many different factors to consider, and you want to ensure that your involvement with the military does not result in an unfair outcome when you reach a divorce settlement.

2 ways you could unknowingly commit a felony crime

Ignorance of the law isn't a defense. If it were, we could ignore all laws and -- after getting arrested and accused of a crime -- achieve a verdict of not guilty simply by claiming that we didn't realize we were doing anything wrong. That said, there are many felony crimes that people commit without ever realizing it. Here are two examples:

What is theft in Colorado?

Most parents teach their children that stealing is taking something that does not belong to you, and that it is wrong. As adults, we learn that theft is not necessarily so straightforward. 

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