Category : Criminal Defense

Eight Shootings Lead to Officer Training in Colorado

Noting a "disproportionately high number of officer-involved shootings" this year, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates has ordered all officers to undergo specialized training. The order comes after the city's eighth officer-related shooting of the year. As any Colorado criminal law attorney can tell you, the streets can be a dangerous place, but if officers don't practice discretion in their actions and their willingness to use force, we end up with l... Read More

Almost 2,000 Arrests in 100 Days

In a period of two weeks ending on September 7, the Colorado State Police reported that agencies across the state made 869 arrests for DUI in two weeks. Over 1900 arrests for DUI occurred in the months leading up to that, during a crackdown they called "100 Days of Heat." Drunk driving is a serious problem on the roads today, and police are cracking down hard. However, even for those found to have offended, due process still applies, and Colorado... Read More

Expanding Make My Day

Several states that already support the Castle Doctrine-a law allowing the application of deadly force to defend one's home-have expanded that law to extend to businesses and vehicles such as cars or even bicycles, and to the defense of others. Colorado is the latest state whose legislature is considering such an expansion. Proponents of the expanded law call it "Stand Your Ground," while detractors refer to it as "Make My Day." Either way, those... Read More

The Far-Reaching Effects of Criminal Conviction

Hypothetical: a sixty-year-old man in Castle Rock applies for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Since Colorado is a "shall issue" state, he presumes he will have no troubles getting approved. Imagine his shock, when he is denied his permit! Upon further investigation by a qualified Colorado criminal attorney, the man discovers that over forty years ago, when he was eighteen, a felony conviction was entered into his record for corruption of m... Read More

Man Convicted of Murder Gets a Second Chance

Bill Dillon of Florida was convicted of murder in 1981 at the age of twenty-two, and sentenced to life in prison. The only problem is, he didn't do it. Dillon spent twenty-seven years in prison before being exonerated in 2008 of the crime that saw him face the harsh brutality of the American penal system for so long. His story, though it appears to have a happy ending, is nevertheless a sad one and Dillon no doubt has scars that he will carry ... Read More

Judge Permits Challenged Evidence in Fatal DUI Case

A judge in the trial of Pittsburgh-area native Christa Logue recently suppressed a motion to deny statements made during a police interview as evidence against the woman. Judges all over the country are cracking down on drunk driving cases, and whether you live in Pittsburgh, New York, or Castle Rock, DUI laws are nothing to sneeze at. If the case were under Colorado DUI law jurisdiction, whether a Castle Rock DUI attorney would've gotten the evi... Read More

Charlottesville Businessman Sentenced in DUI Manslaughter Case

What makes drinking and driving a dangerous combination is the fact that you're not completely aware of your actions until you sober up and learn that your actions injured or killed someone. At that point you can't undo what's already been done, and all the apologies in the world will never be enough for the persons your actions harmed. A businessman in Charlottesville, Virginia stood in a courtroom and expressed sincere remorse for driving drunk... Read More

Florida Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter

DUI and manslaughter charges often results in jail time for the offender. Each offense is a serious crime with equally serious consequences, although the penalties for DUI are significantly less harsh than those for manslaughter. Driving after consuming alcohol is never a wise move, even if you've only had a few drinks. A few drinks may be all it takes to impair your judgment and ability to safely drive. One such driver in Orange City, Florida... Read More

Man Gets 15-Years for DUI Manslaughter

When you drink and drive, you risk your life and that of other motorists on the road. If someone is injured or killed as a result of your actions, it affects more than your civilian status. A family is left to suffer through the injury or grieve the loss of a loved one. The victim will have to deal with the trauma and memory of the accident for awhile, if not the rest of his or her life. A 41-year-old man in Pinellas County, Florida will spend... Read More

Man Get 10 Years for DUI Manslaughter

Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in all 50 states. DUI charges can mean heavy fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and higher auto insurance premiums. Manslaughter is a felony in all 50 states, with stiffer fines and much longer jail sentences. Charges of both DUI and manslaughter is pretty much an automatic prison sentence, the length of which is determined by how well your criminal defense attorney does his job. A West Palm ... Read More

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