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TSA Finds More Guns at Denver International Airport Checkpoints Than Ever Before

By Timothy Bussey on February 26, 2023

In 2021, TSA officers recovered 156 firearms at DIA checkpoints, a new record. Denver ranked seventh in the nation for recovered firearms according to the TSA.  When the new statistics were released, TSA spokesman David Pekoske stated that he believed, “What we see in our checkpoints really reflects what we’re seeing in society, and in society, there are more people carrying firearms nowadays.”

This doesn’t mean there are more people intentionally trying to bring a firearm on a plane, but it does give authorities concern. Any gun on a plane in the hands of the wrong person can be dangerous for everyone on board.

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Defending Against Trespass Charges in a Criminal Case

By Timothy Bussey on February 10, 2023

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The term “trespass” is defined as “knowingly entering another owner’s property or land without permission, which encroaches on the owner’s privacy or property interests,” according to Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (LII). Under Colorado law, there are three different degrees of criminal trespass, with widely ranging severity of penalties. Each degree of criminal trespass has its own definition.

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Is It Arson in CO If You Started the Fire Accidentally?

By Timothy Bussey on January 10, 2023

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Arson is one of the most serious property crimes. It causes billions of dollars in property damage and thousands of people die in fires every year. There is no statute of limitations for arson, and conviction for felony arson carries severe penalties. If convicted of felony arson, you will be facing strict fines and years behind bars.

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney If I’m Pleading Guilty?

By Timothy Bussey on August 10, 2022

Pleading guilty does not prevent you from having to interact with the justice system altogether. Even if you plead guilty to a crime, it could benefit you greatly to have a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. An experienced criminal defense attorney at the Bussey Law Firm, P.C., can help you understand the charges against you, the potential penalties you face, and the best way to proceed in your case. If you plead guilty, your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf to get a lighter sentence. You should always consult with an attorney before pleading guilty to a crime. Call (719) 475-2555 for an immediate consultation.

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Tips for Your First Court Appearance

By Timothy Bussey on August 1, 2022

The way that you conduct yourself in a court of law could make a big difference when the verdict and sentencing come around. Law professionals appreciate a sense of professionalism. This means that you should dress in a way that is respectful and conveys a sense of seriousness, be well-prepared and articulate when speaking to the judge or jury, and conduct yourself with dignity by maintaining a calm, peaceful demeanor throughout the proceedings.

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Did the Police Violate My Miranda Rights During a DUI Investigation?

By Timothy Bussey on July 12, 2022

The Bussey Law Firm PC has a long history of successfully representing citizens accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Colorado. Over the years it has been common for clients to point out that during the stop and arrest, the police officer did not advise them of their Miranda rights. Let’s take a look at Miranda rights and Miranda violations in DUI investigations.

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How an Arrest Warrant Works in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on April 11, 2022

In Colorado, police have the right to arrest a person and bring them into custody after an arrest warrant has been issued by a judge, magistrate, or grand jury. Once a warrant has been issued, it generally remains in effect until the suspect is placed under arrest, they appear in court, or it gets cancelled.

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The Bussey Law Firm PC Wins Colorado Supreme Court “Make My Day Case”

By Timothy Bussey on January 12, 2022

Patrick Rau and his girlfriend rented a second-floor apartment in an old 19th century Victorian home that had been converted into seven apartments. Early in the morning on January 19, 2017, Mr. Rau’s girlfriend noticed that the door to the basement was open. She told Mr. Rau that she suspected that someone had broken into the basement.

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CO Led the U.S. With the #1 Property Crime Increase Between 2011 and 2020

By Timothy Bussey on January 4, 2022

Colorado led the nation in increased property crime rates from 2010 to 2020, according to a recent report from the Common Sense Institute (CSI). The motor vehicle theft rate in our state more than doubled in this 10-year period. Annual costs associated with crime in Colorado in 2020 totaled $8.5 billion. While the national property crime rate decreased by 8% during the first year of the global pandemic, property crime in Colorado increased by 8%.

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The Problem with Eyewitness Testimony

By Timothy Bussey on December 17, 2021

An eyewitness is someone who was present at the scene of a crime who gives testimony about what occurred. They are sworn to tell the truth and generally have credibility with the jury. The problem is that eyewitnesses don’t always get it right. An experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney may have grounds to challenge an identification made by an eyewitness.

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