Colorado Springs Criminal Law Blog

Heroin is more common than ever, and users aren’t who you think

Heroin is more common than ever, and users aren't who you think Last year, the Colorado Springs Police Department Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence (MVNI) division reported that it seized more than seven pounds of heroin off of Colorado streets. The report is solid evidence of a truth legal and health care professionals have come to understand: that Colorado is not exempt from the recent surge in heroin use the United States is experiencing. While it is difficult to tell exactly how many people in our state are using heroin, there is evidence that use [...]

Can I Get Credit For Time Served in Colorado?

Can I Get Credit For Time Served in Colorado? In our last blog we talked about how to calculate parole eligability based on the type of conviction.  A major concern with our criminal defense clients is if they receive credit for time served.  According to C.R.S. 17-22.5-403 (2); If the date of offense is between July 1, 1987 and June 30, 2004, and you have one or no priors, you are eligible to earn credit for time served after you serve 75% of your sentence. According to C.R.S. 17-22.5-403 (3); You are NOT eligible for credit for [...]

Parole Eligibility Date Calculation

Parole Eligibility Date Calculation Parole is defined as "the provisional release of a prisoner who agrees to certain conditions prior to the completion of the maximum sentence period". In Colorado, "Parole is a condition of release from prison, made by an independent seven-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Colorado Senate" (doc.state.co.us). Calculating parole differs when you are convicted of a violent crime. Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 17-22.5403(1) "allows that any person sentenced for a class 2,3,4,5 or 6 felony, or any unclassified felony, an eligibility date for parole after 50% of the sentence [...]

Mapp v. Ohio: a little known case that had a big impact

Mapp v. Ohio: a little known case that had a big impact Just as you have to follow the law, so too do law enforcement agencies. This includes not only following state and federal laws but avoiding actions that could violate a person's constitutional rights as well. One such constitutional right that just about everyone here in Colorado knows is their Fourth Amendment right that protects them against unlawful search and seizure. Most people know that police have to produce a warrant in order to search and seize property from a person. Failure to produce [...]

Colorado Springs human trafficking investigation ends in arrest

Colorado Springs human trafficking investigation ends in arrest Officers of the Colorado Springs Police Department have arrested one man in connection to his alleged involvement in a juvenile prostitution ring. According to reports, police were first notified of the possibility in September of last year, after a father contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department claiming that his daughter may have been involved in prostitution. Police began a human trafficking investigation into the claims and found that there were several underage girls being trafficked across the Front Range from Colorado Springs. Police arrested a 28-year-old man, [...]

Colorado Springs pastor arrested on felony charges

Colorado Springs pastor arrested on felony charges A Colorado Springs pastor was placed under arrest and is currently behind bars after being charged with robbery and impersonating a U.S. marshal. The pastor of Set Free Ministry was allegedly posing as a homosexual male named "Mike" looking for casual sex on Craigslist. According to reports, "Mike" arranged a meeting with another man at a Colorado hotel, but when the man arrived, "Mike" said he was a U.S. marshal and handcuffed him. "Mike" then reportedly took the man into a room and held him there with a [...]

Ex-referee convicted of nine counts of unlawful sexual conduct

Ex-referee convicted of nine counts of unlawful sexual conduct For people who work with children on a regular basis as a career or through a volunteer position, being accused of inappropriate contact with the children can have long-lasting effects. One ex-referee was recently convicted of nine misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual conduct for his actions while refereeing girls' basketball games. The 52-year-old was convicted of groping five girls during three games in Jefferson County. A sixth victim was identified, but unable to be located for the man's trial. The incidents of sexual misconduct occurred early [...]

Could so-called ‘Cabin Fever’ impact Colorado domestic violence?

Could so-called 'Cabin Fever' impact Colorado domestic violence? Colorado Springs might not have seen the worst of the recent extreme weather in the U.S., but it is not immune from extreme weather conditions and, therefore, a theory about domestic violence. The "Cabin Fever" theory suggests that when cold, rain, snow or other extreme weather conditions are at-play, domestic partners tend to not play nice. Simply put, anti-abuse resources claim that the rate of domestic violence increases when the ability to enjoy the weather decreases. Based in Colorado, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence explains the [...]

Fatal accident results in drunk driving arrest for Colorado man

Fatal accident results in drunk driving arrest for Colorado man DUI cases are aggressively prosecuted in Colorado and can lead to severe criminal penalties if there is a conviction. One man currently facing DUI allegations must now wonder what his fate will be. He had just been released from jail on Dec. 26 for a September DUI incident when he was arrested again the following day for alleged drunk driving after rolling over his truck in the vicinity of Horsetooth Reservoir. The accident killed his 21-year-old son and seriously injured two other passengers. The rollover [...]

Juvenile’s sex crime conviction doesn’t take away right to school

Juvenile's sex crime conviction doesn't take away right to school The criminal justice system can be complicated. It doesn't exist to simply punish people for their crimes; rather, it is meant to rehabilitate convicted offenders. That is generally true for adults convicted of crimes in Colorado, and most definitely true for juvenile crimes in Colorado. Therefore, it probably shouldn't be the big surprise that it is to the public that juveniles with sex crimes in their pasts are allowed to attend school. Fox 31 Denver put together a report that estimates at least around 300 [...]

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