According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the 30 largest cities in the U.S. saw an average increase in crime rates of .3 percent. However, for Colorado, the increase in the number of murders, rapes, robberies and auto thefts sent the state's crime rate up by 3.4 percent.
A conviction for drug possession can significantly affect your life. You may have difficulties finding employment, renting an apartment, attending some colleges and more.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a new law that cuts the amount of money local law enforcement agencies and task forces can receive from federal asset seizures. According to the governor, the new law will address potential abuses, including keeping "assets seized from innocent people."
When conviction is likely -- given the evidence brought forward by the prosecution in a criminal lawsuit -- the defendant may want to try to negotiate a "plea bargain." Plea bargaining is a powerful tool used by defense attorneys to help defendants receive a dramatically reduced punishment for their alleged crimes.
The Longmont Special Enforcement Unit arrested nine individuals in Longmont this week. The arrests were made as a part of "Operation Crystal Stiletto." The accused persons will now have to face drug-related crimes in court.
The justice system often uses two types of juries in criminal law matters: the grand jury and the trial jury. These two juries are tasked with very different responsibilities and are comprised of people who have been called to serve on jury duty. Below are the differences between the two:
The most serious crime that any Colorado resident could be accused of is murder. When a murder happens, and a suspect is accused, that individual will want to secure the highest quality legal council available because if he or she loses the case, the individual could go to jail for life.
An undercover drug operation brought on by another drug bust at a Colorado farm last year has netted Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials with 290 pounds of pot. The investigation had gone on for nine months when authorities raided 19 businesses and homes and arrested over a dozen people.
Many college fraternities, sororities, athletic teams and secret societies have rites of passage that mark the time a pledge becomes an actual member of the group. Some of those rites of passage are initiatory and perfectly benign -- while others constitute abuse known as hazing.
No matter what charges you're facing, you are better off with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you preserve your rights. Even if you are not entirely innocent, it is important to not simply roll over and take whatever a prosecutor wants to throw at you. The reality of the matter is that criminal defense is not just about protecting those who are innocent. It is also the primary way we have to protect those who have made mistakes from being unfairly punished by an overreaching system.