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Know Your Rights During a Pullover

By Timothy Bussey on April 2, 2021

Seeing those red-and-blue lights in your rearview mirror is more than enough to make anyone nervous. However, while it may seem as though the police have the right to walk all over you, you should keep in mind that you have rights, too. Knowing these rights may help you from incriminating yourself during a pullover in Colorado.

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What Is a “Specific Intent” Crime?

By Timothy Bussey on March 19, 2021

All crimes in Colorado can be sorted into one of two groups: specific intent and general intent. Which you are being charged with will determine the kind of defense that your attorney should implement during your trial.

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What You Need to Know About Sealing and Expungement in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on March 1, 2021

A criminal record following you around can have a disastrous impact on your life. It can keep you from being employed, impact your ability to find an apartment, and even lower your chances of getting a loan from the bank. Thankfully, there are ways to get your record cleared; the two main ways being sealing and expungement.

But there are rules.

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Guns in Airports: The Penalties You May Face

By Timothy Bussey on February 22, 2021

In America, we enjoy the right to bear arms as protected under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. However, different states have different restrictions on where and when those firearms may be carried. In Colorado, for example, felons lose the right to own firearms upon conviction. However, there is one place even Coloradans who legally own a gun are not allowed to take their weapon: the security line in an airport.

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After an Arrest: The First Steps

By Timothy Bussey on December 11, 2020

No one is prepared to be arrested. Most of us grow up assuming that we will never be on the wrong side of the law. After all, if you never break a law to begin with, how could be possibly be arrested? Sadly, police officers can make mistakes, and false allegations can be made. Even if you know that you are a law-abiding citizen, it is very possible you will be facing an arrest one day, and knowing what will happen can help you avoid getting into deeper trouble.

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What Are Your Miranda Rights?

By Timothy Bussey on December 2, 2020

Most of us have heard the Miranda Rights mentioned in TV shows and movies. They are often rattled off when the bad guy is finally caught and arrested at the end of the episode. However, few people know why officers are required to spout the Miranda Warning, let alone know what the Miranda rights actually are.

Well, the truth is that knowing your Miranda Rights could mean the difference between years behind bars and being allowed to walk free.

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The Consequences of Felony Charges

By Timothy Bussey on November 6, 2020

The word “felon” is often tossed around when talking about convicted criminals and the American prison complex. However, being convicted of a felony charge means so much more than many people may realize. Not only do you have to face a lengthy prison charge, but when you are finally released, your ability to live an average life will be greatly impacted by the loss of rights that all people convicted of a felony experience.

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The Increase in DIY “Ghost Guns” and What It Means for You

By Timothy Bussey on May 12, 2020

A ghost gun may sound like it belongs in a fantasy or mystery novel, but the term refers to a handmade gun that has no serial number. In the new age of online shopping and 3D printers, ghost guns have become incredibly prevalent. They are easy to make, and it is increasingly common for people to order parts online and construct custom guns themselves. It’s now also possible to 3D print a gun, for which blueprints are readily available online.

Because ghost guns do not require jumping through any legal hoops, people have been turning to the DIY gun scene more and more. However, there is an important question on the legality of ghost guns and whether you are allowed to possess one in Colorado.

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What Exactly Is a White Collar Crime?

By Timothy Bussey on April 14, 2020

A white collar crime is a nonviolent crime committed for financial gain. According to the FBI, white collar crimes are characterized by concealment, deceit, or violation of trust. The motivation for this type of crime is to obtain a personal or business advantage, or to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services.

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Probable Cause vs. Reasonable Suspicion: What’s the Difference?

By Timothy Bussey on April 2, 2020

Probable cause and reasonable suspicion are two similar sounding concepts, but they are applied in very different ways. Both are used by law enforcement officers as a determining factor in whether to detain a suspect for questioning, arrest someone, or search and seize evidence. The U.S. Supreme Court set the standards for reasonable suspicion and probable cause. Although they are similar in some ways, there are key differences between these two concepts.

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