A teacher at a Greeley, Colorado, elementary school was arrested on charges of child sexual assault on May 6. The alleged victim is a former student of hers from another school in Greeley.
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.
State law has decriminalized marijuana in Colorado, so that means that no one can get in trouble for using it, right? Not so fast; scores of residents in Washington are having to mount a criminal defense because the federal government is targeting them for drug offenses. Washington decriminalized pot around the same time as Colorado did, which is leaving some people fearing that additional raids could soon strike our state.
A Colorado Springs businessman was recently arrested by police on suspicion of his possible involvement in soliciting customers for prostitutes and human trafficking. The 76-year-old man owns and operates a spa in Colorado Springs. His arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation by federal and local law enforcement officials.
No one likes to be accused of doing something they did not do. Imagine, therefore, being accused and ultimately convicted of a crime you did not commit. Now imagine that crime was murder. In 2005, this was the reality for one man in his early twenties who served nearly 10 years of a 40-year sentence before the truth came out and he was released from prison.
An 18-year-old Colorado Springs resident faces multiple criminal charges after police reportedly had "probable cause" to arrest the teen. According to a media story about the teen's arrest, he faces multiple criminal charges related to sex crimes including using the Internet to lure a child, sexual exploitation of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
While the need for a vigorous criminal defense during a trial of pending charges is obvious, there are also many other stages during criminal proceedings when effective counsel is necessary. Whether an individual is merely under suspicion of committing a crime or has been convicted and is hoping to overturn a negative result, an effective criminal defense strategy is crucial. A recent post-conviction application by a man serving a 15 year prison term in Colorado underscores the fact that legal issues often remain long after the ink is dry on a judge's sentencing order.