Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Blog
In today’s criminal cases, prosecutors and the courts rely heavily on forensic testing in order to prove a case. Use of lab testing is seen as an objective alternative to other types of evidence, such as eyewitness testimony, which have been proven to be unreliable.
However, a recent study found that forensic chemists’ handling of illegal drugs can cause detectable levels of drugs in the lab environment. Read the rest »
Legal marijuana shops are linked to higher levels of property crime in nearby areas, according to a nearly three-year study in Denver. Researchers from Ohio State University found that while crime isn’t higher in the area immediately surrounding marijuana outlets, adjacent areas saw about 84 more property crimes per year than neighborhoods without a nearby marijuana store. (Science Daily). It’s of note that “no significant increase in violent crime was seen as a result of marijuana sales.” Read the rest »
In general, the pre-filing stage of a criminal case refers to everything that happens before criminal charges are officially filed. This can include quite a lot or very little, depending on the specific details. There are some differences in this process between a felony and misdemeanor in Colorado, but most of the process is pretty similar. Read the rest »
If you are being charged with a sex crime, then you are likely filled with dread and anxiety over the severe penalties that you face. Sexual crimes are among the most aggressively prosecuted in the state of Colorado, and often times there are mandatory protocols that district attorneys must follow that prevent them from dropping charges, even when leniency or common sense might otherwise dictate such a course of action. Read the rest »
Unlike many other appointments in our day-to-day lives, court appearances are scheduled based on the court’s schedule, with little regard for a defendant’s personal schedule. Although it can be an inconvenience for those who have work or children, it is of utmost importance to comply with scheduled court appearances. Read the rest »
The holidays are when families come together and celebrate. Many people travel great distances to visit loved ones and share the spirit of giving. No one wants to worry about drunk driving. Read the rest »
Being charged with a crime of violence in Colorado is a serious matter—you are facing mandatory prison time.
If you are convicted of a felony crime in the state of Colorado, the presiding judge has three sentencing options: probation, community corrections, or incarceration. However, if the felony you’re charged with is designated a “Crime of Violence,” the judge has no choice but to send you to prison. Read the rest »
As a teenager, you may remember asking someone over 21 years of age to purchase alcohol on your behalf. Or in college, maybe you bought a six-pack for your 20-year-old friends. Or perhaps you have been to parties where adults allowed minors to consume alcoholic drinks. Read the rest »
Colorado has some of the most onerous domestic violence penalties in the country. While many domestic violence cases are charged as misdemeanors, no one should think that such a charge is a minor event. The consequences of even a deferred judgment can be overwhelming. Read the rest »
Extortion is a word we hear a lot in the movies, particularly those that involve the Mafia, but many people aren’t sure about its actual meaning. Other names for it include shakedown, outwrestling, exaction, or a protection racket. In the legal sense, extortion is defined as obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or business through the act of coercion, typically involving the threat of violence or property damage. Read the rest »