If you are facing a criminal charge in Colorado, you probably have a lot of questions. Many of these can be answered by your legal counsel, while others you can get answers to if you know what suspects of various crimes may face in a court of law.
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:
After getting charged with a felony, you have the right to a fair trial. Nothing can infringe upon that right.
Five people were taken into custody on Thursday, Feb. 1, on suspicion of running a dog-fighting club out of a Pueblo home located at 14000 E. Beech Street.
Believe it or not, there are certain circumstances when possessing a completely innocuous item, such as a plastic bag or a piece of tinfoil, is actually a crime. It all boils down to drug paraphernalia possession and the context in which you possess certain items that -- given any other context -- would be perfectly fine to have on your person.
Colorado Springs Police Department announced early in the morning on Friday, Dec. 29 that the man believed to have been responsible for several convenience store robberies earlier that day had been apprehended.
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.