Category Archives: Criminal Law

Criminal Law

4 Common Cuestions About Driving and Decriminalized Mushrooms

In 2019, the city of Denver decriminalized the possession of psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms. While mushrooms are still illegal under federal law, city officials decided to make enforcing that law a low priority. As a result, users rarely have to worry about getting…

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Marijuana and mushroom possession are not crimes in Denver. Driving while high is.

No doubt, you already know that Colorado was one of the first states to fully legalize marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal purposes. Then, in 2019, the city of Denver decriminalized psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms or “shrooms.” These changes have greatly reduced…

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Tourists may find heightened DUI enforcement during big MLB game

If you are planning a trip to the Mile High City for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on July 13, you are in for a real treat. After all, not only is Coors Field one of the more beautiful ballparks in the country, but Denver…

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3 Actions to Remember During a DUI Stop

There are many reasons why police pull people over every day. While you may actively avoid any driving actions that may lead to a traffic stop, it is not always easy or possible to avoid it. The main concern going through your mind is likely…

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Methods police use to detect drivers under the influence

Before law enforcement arrests a driver for driving under the influence, the officer must have a reason to pull the driver over as well as reason to suspect that the person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police use three main identifiers in…

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What you should expect during a DUI traffic stop

When pulled over by a law enforcement official, it is helpful to know what can happen next. When an officer conducts a traffic stop, for example, he or she cannot request a field sobriety test unless you display signs of intoxication.  An officer has the…

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DUI Penalties in Colorado

Colorado is one of the few states that penalizes drivers with a blood alcohol content below 0.08%. The threshold for a driving while ability impaired charge is just 0.05% and carries most of the same penalties as a charge of driving under the influence (0.08%…

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Do I need UIM Coverage?

Many clients who come to our office unfortunately do not have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) insurance coverage. Most of those times, the client simply does not know what UIM is, or it was never fully explained to him or her. “Do I need UIM coverage?” is…

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What will the DMV do after a DUI?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) can take your license if you are convicted of DUI. But even before you are convicted, the DMV can take your license. That’s because, in DUI cases, the penalties you face from the DMV are different than the penalties…

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When are your First Amendment rights at stake?

People restrict speech all the time. Organizations often punish others for the things they say. The NFL recently tried to institute a policy regarding players’ protests during the National Anthem. Twitter permanently banned the account of too-eager-to-take-his-shirt-off Alex Jones, the Infowars conspiracy theorist. Whenever something happens that…

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What is perjury?

What is perjury? Great question. We see the term perjury being thrown around in the media. We see it in relation to criminal defendants. We also see it used in relation to people who are testifying before Congress. Often, it seems like the people using…

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Will I lose my license for a DUI?

Will I lose my license for a DUI? Losing your license can be one of the most serious consequences of a DUI. It affects your ability to drive to work, make it to appointments, or otherwise get around during the day. When you’re charged with DUI,…

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Can cops lie to you?

Can cops lie to you? The short answer is yes[i]. Law enforcement is generally allowed to lie to you in most situations. This includes police officers who are working undercover—sorry, that old myth that “if you ask someone if he is a police officer, he…

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Sealing your record in Colorado just got a whole lot easier!

As of August 2016, a new law in Colorado makes sealing your record of criminal cases and arrests a whole lot easier. The law applies to cases that end in dismissal or acquittal. Cases that “end in dismissal,” include cases where the prosecutor dismisses the…

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“Yea but he started it”—A Guide to Self-Defense

Even before we become adults, we know about self-defense as an excuse for behavior. One brother gets in trouble with his parents for hitting his brother, and “he started it” are the first words out of his mouth. There’s something intuitive about the right to…

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Underage DUI Laws in Colorado

In Colorado, the penalties for Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) are severe. The specific penalties for alcohol-related driving charges, however, are different depending on a number of factors. Those factors include the driver’s blood-alcohol content (“BAC”) and age. In this article, we look at the…

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Affluenza: Diagnosing the System

In June 2013, Ethan Couch got drunk, drove a vehicle, and slammed that vehicle into two cars. He killed 4 people and injured more. Ethan was 16 years old. He pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter. Prosecutors asked for 20 years in prison.…

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