Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Blog

Rise in Property Crimes Since Legalization of Weed

By Timothy Bussey on December 9, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Theft Crimes

What Happens in a Criminal Case Before Charges Are Filed?

By Timothy Bussey on December 4, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Booking

How to Prevent Lifetime Registration as a Sex Offender

By Timothy Bussey on November 28, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Sex Crimes

Failure to Appear Consequences in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on November 19, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Probation

Colorado DUIs Surge Every Holiday Season

By Timothy Bussey on November 14, 2018

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 »

Posted in: DUI Defense

I Was Charged with a Crime of Violence – What Does That Mean?

By Timothy Bussey on November 6, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Violent Crimes

Can You Buy Alcohol for Minors in Colorado?

By Timothy Bussey on November 5, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Juvenile Crime

The Impact of a Plea to Domestic Violence in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on July 20, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Domestic Violence

Extortion – What Is It?

By Timothy Bussey on July 14, 2018

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 »

Posted in: Theft Crimes

Crime Lab Scandals

By Timothy Bussey on July 13, 2018

During the last ten years, the public has become fascinated with forensic science. Crime shows like CSI and Law & Order have glamorized the profession. Enrollment in degree programs in forensic science is on the rise. High schools offer electives in forensic science and your child can even take crime scene investigation summer camp.

Crime labs are an important part of our judicial process. Their purpose is to scientifically analyze and preserve evidence of crimes. Done right, forensic scientists help exclude the innocent and convict the guilty. Done wrong, innocent people are convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Read the rest »

Posted in: Criminal Defense

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