Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • Fourth-Time DUIs Now Considered a Felony in Colorado

    || 14-Aug-2015

    Until just a few days ago, driving under the influence (DUI) charges that did not involve any violence, injury, or other criminal activities were almost-guaranteed to be considered a misdemeanor at the worst, regardless of the number of prior convictions someone might have. All of that has changed, though, now that Colorado lawmakers have enacted legislation regarding repeat DUI offenders that is ...
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  • Things to Do If Stopped by the Colorado Springs Police

    || 9-Dec-2014

    Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible – Pull over in a safe location as soon as possible. If you take to long to pull over the officer may think you are failing to yield and attempting to elude them. In the alternative, the officer may believe you are attempting to dispose of or hide contraband before stopping. Do not exit the vehicle unless requested by a law enforcement ...
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  • Civil Restraining Orders in Colorado

    || 18-Sep-2014

    Family law attorneys know that sometimes, especially at the beginning of a dissolution proceeding, a spouse needs to be protected from harassment—or even from any contact—by the other spouse. In such cases, the spouse can apply to the court for an emergency protection order or a temporary restraining order. These orders are particularly needed in cases of domestic abuse, stalking, ...
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  • Learn What Happens if You Leave the Scene of an Accident

    || 31-Jul-2014

    Leaving the scene of an accident, also called a "hit and run," is a punishable offense in the state of Colorado. It can also present complications for victims of these car accidents, as they have no one to file a claim against until the perpetrator is found. An interesting statistic released just this August said that less than half of all people convicted of hit and runs in Colorado are ...
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  • 5 Tips If Charged with a Crime in Colorado

    || 22-Jul-2014

    On your first court appearance do not accept any plea deals without first speaking with an attorney – many times on your first court appearance the district attorney will offer you a plea deal if you agree to plead guilty. This offer may sound good, but it is not always in your best interest. Many times these offers are given with the knowledge that you do not have an attorney and they can ...
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  • 10 Things Not to Do After an Arrest

    || 10-Jul-2014

    Do not try to convince the officer of your innocence – the police have already made up their mind to arrest you and feel they have probable cause for the arrest. By talking to the police, you may accidentally implicate yourself in the crime by admitting to being at the scene or providing incriminating statements to the police. Remember, anything you say can be misunderstood, ...
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  • 4 Rules of Communication in Jail

    || 16-Jun-2014

    Do not discuss the alleged incident with anyone including your cellmate – These conversations are not confidential or protected and can be used against you in court. The district attorney can always offer a deal to your cellmate or anyone else that you talked to in exchange for their testimony. Do not discuss the incident on the telephone – all the phone calls from the jail are ...
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  • How Much Does a DUI Cost?

    || 26-Jul-2013

    As states throughout the nation have focused on reducing the amount of motorists who drive under the influence, numerous law enforcement agencies have established severe criminal penalties designed to deter motorists from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. In Colorado, reducing DUIs and the accidents, injuries, and fatalities caused by impaired drivers has ...
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  • The Truth about Polygraph Tests from a Colorado Springs Criminal Lawyer

    || 23-Jun-2009

    Ever since the polygraph, or lie detector, test became popular in the first half of the 20th century, questions have been raised about their accuracy and admissibility in court. Essentially, the polygraph test measures physiological responses, such as blood pressure, pulse, skin conductivity and temperature, while a subject undergoes a series of questions. The theory behind this test is that all ...
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