If you are facing a criminal charge you may be frightened and confused. This unsurprising since, depending on the charges faced, the consequences for a conviction can be harsh. While imprisonment and fines may be the first thing that comes to mind, collateral consequences such as having a criminal record, that could later harm your chance to get a job, could have a negative impact.
Going off to college is an exciting time in a young person's life. For many, it's fast paced and full of first-time experiences - living apart from mom and dad, making new friends and being held accountable for school and work. But this freedom and independence comes with higher standards of personal responsibility. Even a single lapse in judgment can lead to a serious run in with the law and school authorities.
A home invasion in Cascade, Colorado, which is just west of Colorado Springs, turned into a lengthy standoff and a hostage situation for the seven residents in the home.
As public opinion regarding marijuana and other drugs continues to evolve throughout the United States, the laws governing the possession of illegal drugs are also changing. Nowhere is this transition more prevalent than in Colorado.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, your first step should be to find a good attorney to take your case. This should be done as soon as possible so negotiations on your case can begin at the earliest possible time. Your attorney can start looking not only for any cracks in your case, but also for any bargaining points that can be used to convince the prosecutor that you are worth a plea negotiation. Plea bargaining can be done at almost any point in a criminal case -- at the beginning, in hearings or even between hearings.
When a juvenile is charged with a crime, many parents sit back and believe that everything will work out soon enough. This often means taking on representation from a public defender. Unfortunately, this is not always the best approach.
When someone is charged with serious criminal offenses, the U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to a jury trial. Therefore, careful consideration by attorneys when choosing a jury can be crucial to the outcome of the case.
When a crime is committed, many times there is a statute of limitations that applies. This means that the prosecution has a specific amount of time to charge someone with the crime. If the prosecution is unable to do so, then there will never be anyone convicted of the crime -- unless someone were to waive the statute of limitations. That doesn't happen very often, but it might occur in cases involving a plea bargain.
Regardless of where you live, police continue to crack down on drug distribution and trafficking. Furthermore, the legal system is doing the same.
Bicycle theft is a more common crime than many people might realize. One place where this crime happens quite frequently is on college campuses. Students depend on their bicycles to get to and from class, work and just to have fun. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, a new police initiative is at work, and officers hope it will cut down on the number of bikes stolen -- and to find the people who are stealing them.