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Colorado Springs Criminal Law Blog

Did a search and seizure result in your facing drug charges?

Did a search and seizure result in your facing drug charges? If you come under suspicion of criminal drug activity, authorities may open an investigation into your situation. You may or may not be aware that this investigation is underway, but one day, police and detectives may show up at your doorstep, demanding to search your home. Because these affairs often take place in a whirlwind, you may wonder whether you even have to allow these individuals into your residence. Often, if an investigation takes place, authorities generally work to obtain enough evidence for a [...]

Driving high could kill your buzz, you and other motorists

Driving high could kill your buzz, you and other motorists Were you one of the many Colorado residents who cheered the passing of the law that made recreational use of marijuana legal here in the state? Having the option to enjoy the buzz (and the potential medicinal benefits) of this drug without worrying about getting arrested may have made your year. However, the ability to use marijuana doesn't negate the fact that you can't drive while high. Not only is doing so dangerous for you and others on the road, but you could also end [...]

Don’t be surprised that you ‘failed’ that field sobriety test

Don't be surprised that you 'failed' that field sobriety test Lights and sirens behind you immediately cause anxiety and probably raise your blood pressure as well. As you pull over, you may wonder what it was you did to draw the attention of the officer. As the two of you begin discussing the situation, the officer may ask you to exit the vehicle.At this point, the officer begins asking you if you had anything to drink. Now you may understand that he or she suspects you of drinking and driving. Even though you could refuse, you [...]

How’s your balance? The answer may impact your future

How's your balance? The answer may impact your future Some people are extremely coordinated and can perform feats that demonstrate great balance and agility. You may be part of that group or you may be among many in Colorado who can barely walk across a room without tripping over your own two feet. Everyone is different in talent and skills that involve physical tests of ability. That's why if a police officer ever asks you to take a field sobriety test, you may want to think long and hard about complying before doing so. There [...]

Do you know how blood alcohol concentration affects DUI charges?

Do you know how blood alcohol concentration affects DUI charges? Though you, like all Colorado residents, live in an area governed by laws, you may not think too closely about those laws on a daily basis. Certainly, you understand that some actions are obviously illegal, such as theft or assault, but you may not know how the details of particular laws could lead you to face criminal charges. For instance, DUI allegations are relatively common, but you may not have expected to have such charges leveled against yourself. If police have accused you of DUI, [...]

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

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? [...]

An appropriate defense for white collar crime charges

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, [...]

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

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 [...]

The fine line between rowdiness and a disorderly conduct charge

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 [...]

Illegal use of legal marijuana: Wait. What?

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 [...]

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