Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Blog
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 »
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 »
In Colorado, sentences for adult sexual offense crimes vary greatly depending on the specific facts of the case. Was force used? Was the actor in a position of authority over the victim? Or, was the victim incapable of appraising the situation? These are just some of the circumstances that can have a great effect on an actor’s sentence if found guilty of a sexual offense in Colorado. Read the rest »
If you’ve been accused of a crime, you may think that the only thing you need to worry about is whether you’re being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, and how long the sentence is.
But Colorado makes many distinctions that affect how you are charged, so that two people suspected of the same crime may be prosecuted in very different ways. Read the rest »
The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has been a leader in innovative trial tactics for many years. Timothy Bussey, the CEO and founder, is recognized nationally as a top trial attorney. Mr. Bussey is frequently requested to speak at seminars concerning trial advocacy and trial tactics throughout the country. Read the rest »
Memorial Day weekend is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate. Spring has fully arrived, and the extra day off allows Colorado residents to take a long weekend and visit vacation spots throughout the state.
But be warned: if you will be hitting the road this Memorial Day, you need to be on alert. Police and highway patrol will be out in large numbers looking for drunk drivers. Read the rest »
Bail bonds are an increasingly contentious topic in the United States. Are they applied fairly? People may generally agree that an offender who is likely to hurt himself or others should stay in jail until his trial. However, many of the people languishing in prison cells today are non-violent offenders, and the only reason they’re held is because they can’t afford to make bail – to pay the bond that releases them until trial. Read the rest »
For college students, campus plays a big role in their day-to-day lives as they work towards their degrees and establish a social life. While universities are given some latitude regarding the rules they establish for students, ultimately, everyone must follow all applicable local, state, and federal laws while on campus.
Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, one of the most frequent questions we get is whether it’s legal to consume cannabis on college campuses if you are over 21. Can universities create policies that differ from the state law? Read the rest »
Few holidays are as directly associated with alcohol as St. Patrick’s Day. A combination of parades, parties, and public celebrations are on display throughout cities around the country. In conjunction with official celebrations, bars and restaurants brace for extra business while putting on their own special events. While much about St. Patrick’s Day is a good-natured celebration of shared heritage, there is nothing to revel in regarding the uptick in drunk driving arrests on March 17th. Read the rest »