In Colorado, the possible penalties for a gun crime can be severe. It's also fairly easy to violate gun and weapons laws here. However, there are many defenses that can be used to mitigate the penalties.
There are many different levels of misdemeanors and felonies you could be charged with depending on the crime. There are six classes of felonies and three classes of misdemeanors. These classes don't include things like traffic infractions or unclassified misdemeanors or felonies.
In Colorado, there are a number of common weapons offenses that someone may be charged with. The definitions of these weapons are set in C.R.S. § 18-12-101.
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.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man last week for his alleged involvement with a Colorado Springs drug ring. Allegedly, the man helped file 97 bogus prescriptions for drugs and helped remove 11,570 pills from area pharmacies. This most recent arrest marks the 25th arrest related to the alleged drug ring.
In the state of Colorado, burglary charges can lead to serious consequences upon conviction. Depending upon the nature and severity of the charges, the defendant could face several years in prison as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. For example, a conviction on first-degree burglary charges in Colorado might mean up to 12 years imprisonment along with fines of up to $750,000.
A 53-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently using an official seal. The man, who is from Pennsylvania, owns a company that cleans up pet poop.
A study last year by RoadSnacks.net ranked the top ten cities in Colorado considered to be the most dangerous. Using the Uniform Crime Report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the study looked at the number of violent crimes and property crimes committed in the state. Data from 2013 had a heavier emphasis in the study than other years. Only cities with populations of over 5,000 people were in 2013 were included in the study
Three Colorado suspects were taken into custody in Illinois, and also accused of drugs and weapons crimes. Later, the same men were discovered to have an open murder warrant for their arrest in Fort Collins, Colorado. When police pulled the men over, they discovered that their car had been reported as stolen, and that a missing person (the murder victim) was the owner of the car.
President Barack Obama granted clemency to 111 more federal inmates last Tuesday, bringing his grand total for the month of August to a record-breaking 325 clemency grants. In fact, Obama has granted a 673 commutations in all, which means that he has granted more commutations than the previous 10 presidents' records combined, and he's far from done with the process.