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Criminal Defense Archives

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.

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.

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.

Colorado Supreme Court tightens witness qualifications

Your trial is coming up, and it is possible that you aren't sure what to expect. The court will call witnesses to give their accounts of the events in question, and experts may take the stand to show how the evidence allegedly points to you. Law enforcement involved in the investigation will probably add their expert testimony. However, is law enforcement testimony really expert?

Solitary confinement may soon be a thing of the past

If your loved one has been incarcerated for any length of time, you may have heard stories about fellow inmates spending time in "the box." This is one of many nicknames for solitary confinement or the special housing unit where prisoners remain separated from the general population.

Should you move to have your criminal record sealed?

A past arrest or criminal charge could have a serious impact on various areas of your life, even if there was no conviction. You should not underestimate the impact that your past criminal record can have on your current circumstances. For some people, it is beneficial to move to have criminal records sealed.

Interacting with the police

Whether a routine traffic stop, at a public gathering or even at school, everyone has encounters with the police. The police work the streets and they're out and about, just like you are. Their job is law enforcement, and sometimes that means they stop passersby, even if there is no suspicion of a crime. Other times, they present themselves as stopping for a friendly chat while gathering information or, in fact, suspecting you.

Warrants: what they are and why they are important

Most of the non-judicial world's experience with warrants falls under the entertainment category. Really, the general population's judicial knowledge typically comes from the dark corners of "Law and Order," the serial-killer saviors of "Criminal Minds," or the terrible punch lines of "CSI: Miami." There always seems to be some drama around getting a warrant. "Come back with a warrant" says the cocky criminal. What they don't show, however, is a citizen's guide to understanding warrants. 

If you get pulled over by the cops

There comes a time in almost every driver's life when he or she gets pulled over. Even if you are the most cautious driver on the planet--even if you never speed--there's always a chance that you'll get pulled over for a headlight you didn't know was out or some other accidental violation.

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