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151 people exonerated in 2018 after losing 1,639 years of freedom

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 25, 2019
Our criminal justice system is meant to protect defendants’ rights. Many of our constitutional amendments were specifically written to guarantee certain rights for criminal defendants, including the right to due process of law, to have competent counsel, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, to confront the evidence and witnesses against you and...
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Supreme Court: Cops need warrants to search vehicles in driveways

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 22, 2019
The Fourth Amendment guarantees freedom from “unreasonable” searches and seizures by government agents like police officers. That has generally meant that the police are required to obtain warrants before they arrest someone or search their property — unless the police can point to a recognized exception to the warrant requirement. These exceptions include emergencies,...
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What exactly counts as an excessive fine under the constitution?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 12, 2019
“I want my truck back. I’ve always wanted it back.” When an Indiana man was caught selling a small amount of heroin, he accepted that he would be charged with a crime. He accepted it when he was convicted and sentenced to a period of house arrest and then probation. What he could not...
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Supreme Court: Warrant required to access cellphone location data

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 8, 2019
“When the government tracks the location of a cell phone,” writes Chief Justice John Roberts, “it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user.” The observation comes in Carpenter v. U.S., a case the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided on a 5-4 vote. The decision acknowledges...
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Can eating keto lead to a DUI arrest?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 30, 2019
The keto diet is all the rage these days. It was the most searched diet on Google in 2018.  It is a low carb way of eating, similar to the Atkins diet that was popular in the early 2000s. But what many eating keto may not realize, is that it can actually cause a...
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What would it take to cut Colorado’s prison population in half?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 29, 2019
Did you know that Colorado is imprisoning more people than ever before even though the crime rate is at an historic low? According to the ACLU, the state’s prison population exploded by 661 percent between 1980 and 2016. The civil rights organization projects an additional 38-percent increase by 2024 unless changes are made. The...
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At int’l conference, CSI experts call for forensic science reform

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 20, 2019
According to the Innocence Project, the misapplication of forensic science is a contributing factor in 45 percent of wrongful convictions that were resolved through DNA exonerations. The problem, which the Innocence Project defines as unreliable or invalid forensic discipline, insufficient validation of a method, misleading testimony, mistakes or misconduct, is the second most common...
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Decisions by prosecutors affect every aspect of a criminal case

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 11, 2019
The prosecutor may be the most powerful figure in the criminal justice system. They have power over everything from what charges will be filed to what the sentence will be after a conviction. They have influence over whether defendants get bail or have to remain locked up until they can be tried — or...
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Records sealing: what you should know about this alternative to a permanent record

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 11, 2018
The National Employment Law Project estimates that more than 65 million Americans hold a criminal record of some sort, including convictions for misdemeanors and felonies. Most people know that a conviction, no matter what it is for or when the offense occurred, can follow you around for the rest of your life. However, did...
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SCOTUS likely to rule that costly seizures are ‘excessive fines’

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 10, 2018
When Tyson Timbs of Indiana was convicted of selling a small amount of heroin in order to support his opioid addiction, he was sentenced to a year of home detention and five years of probation. The court could also have fined him up to $10,000, but chose not to. But Indiana law allows private...
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