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An appropriate defense for white collar crime charges

Are you facing accusations or charges of fraud? If so, your legal situation is very serious, but a conviction is never your only option. Many in Colorado do not take their legal situation seriously when facing white collar crime charges, but you would be wise to take careful account of your situation and fight for your interests.

Fraud is a common type of white collar crime, and there are many different types of criminal activity that could fall under this category. Conviction could lead to time behind bars, penalties and other consequences that may have a long-term impact on your life. You would be wise not to face fraud charges alone, but to secure legal help as early as possible.

Increase in penalties for repeat DUI offenders: What should drivers know?

A DUI conviction carries serious penalties, especially if it is not your first DUI offense. Individuals in Colorado who already have three or more DUI convictions should take notice of a new law that significantly increases the penalties of a fourth conviction.

What is changing?

Felony DUI offenses now carry harsher penalties in Colorado. A new law went into effect in August this year that increases the penalties for some repeat DUI offenders. What does the new law mean for people charged with a DUI? The law only applies to repeat offenders, or people who have already been convicted of a DUI offense. 

You can toke, but you can't drive to the store for munchies later

You and your friends may be thrilled that using marijuana on a recreational basis is now legal in Colorado. Perhaps, you've already enjoyed a few parties or simply look forward to smoking a joint on the weekend after a long work week is over. The law says that's your business, so long as you adhere to regulations. As a conscientious resident, the last thing you want to do is get high then drive a motor vehicle, not only because it's dangerous but because it's illegal.

Smoking marijuana for fun is a highly controversial topic throughout the nation. Laws can be confusing as well. Federal law prohibits marijuana possession and you can get in trouble when conflicts arise between state and federal regulations. Therefore, seeking clarification of driving laws pertaining to marijuana ahead of time may prevent major legal problems down the line.

The fine line between rowdiness and a disorderly conduct charge

Do you enjoy getting together with friends in Colorado and having a few cold beers or other libations on a summer's night? If so, it's safe to assume many other readers share your interests. Whether you meet up at your favorite local restaurant or attend a sporting event or concert together, it may be just what you need to get a little rest and relaxation after a hard week's work. You probably noticed that hanging out with your peers helps you loosen up and forget your worries.

Depending on how "loose" things get, you may wind up facing trouble with the law if someone decides you're a bit too rowdy and calls the police. The police may show up, ask a few questions and determine no harm done; or perhaps, they'll issue a warning and tell party-goers to quiet down a bit or suggest it's time for everyone to head home. However, if that's not what happens, and they instead charge you with public intoxication and/or disorderly conduct, things may get a whole lot worse before they get better.

Illegal use of legal marijuana: Wait. What?

You may already know that Colorado is one of at least 29 states that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. This has apparently made many who enjoy an occasional toke quite happy. However, the laws in place do not give total free rein for growing, buying, selling or smoking this drug. In fact, it's important for anyone who hopes to avoid legal trouble to research the specific marijuana laws in this state before using or purchasing cannabis. Not doing so may lead to events that will land one behind bars.

A key factor to remember with regard to marijuana use in Colorado is that while it is indeed legal to smoke marijuana under certain conditions, it remains illegal to drive under its influence. There are several things you can do to avoid legal problems, as well as keep yourself and others in your vicinity safe.

How do breath tests work?

After having a couple of drinks you may feel fine, so you get into your car and head home. Next thing you know, flashing lights and sirens appear behind you. When the officer comes to the window to talk to you, you suddenly become concerned because your breath may smell like alcohol. Then the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle and submit to a breath test.

How often have you heard similar stories from your friends or family members? More than likely, anytime a discussion about drunk driving comes up, these little machines are mentioned. So, how exactly do alcohol breath tests work?

When is search and seizure illegal?

If you are under investigation for drug-related criminal activity, you may find that at some point, law enforcement will move to search your property and seize any evidence that could relate to their case against you. When engaging in a search and seizure, Colorado law enforcement must adhere to certain laws, rules and operating procedures. Regardless of your current circumstances, you still have rights.

The Fourth Amendment grants you certain rights regarding your personal property and the government's right to enter the premises. You would be wise to know your rights and be aware of how you can protect your interests, even while you are facing a challenging legal situation.

When an eyewitness identifies you

As summer approaches, police become concerned. Warmer weather typically means people are away from their homes for extended periods of time or are involved in summer activities. This season tends to bring an uptick in crimes, and law enforcement has already seen more cases of theft and burglary this spring.

Officials are warning residents to take standard precautions, such as locking their vehicles, keeping valuable items from sight and keeping their garage doors closed. However, police are also asking citizens to participate in the apprehension of people who commit crimes in their neighborhoods and recreational venues. In fact, it may have been the report of a good citizen that led to your arrest for burglary.

Can I face criminal charges related to recreational marijuana?

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado, but there are many restrictions still in place. This means that you could still face drug-related criminal charges, even for the personal or recreational use of a small amount of marijuana. Drugged driving and the unlawful use of this drug is still a serious crime, and charges could lead to consequences that may have a serious impact on your life.

If you are facing charges related to the illegal use of marijuana, there is much at stake. You would be wise to secure legal guidance regarding your potential defense options in order to protect your future interests. It is always worthwhile to protect your rights and explore the ways that you may effectively confront any legal charges against you.

Changes in Colorado’s law may affect your marijuana supply

Like many in Colorado, you may have been excited when the state voted to legalize the use of marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally. If you have registered to use medicinal marijuana or you care for people who do, you likely welcomed the state's permission to grow your own plants. It saves you money and hassle.

Apparently, many in Colorado misunderstood the law that permitted the growing of as many as 99 marijuana plants in a residence. While the law specifically indicated that the 99-plant limit was exclusively for medical marijuana patients and caregivers, some took advantage of the permit to build commercial-grade growing operations in their homes.

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