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Some Colorado law enforcement working to keep people out of jail

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP February 16, 2018
Thanks to new partnerships with social workers and mental health professionals, a number of Colorado law enforcement agencies have been changing their strategy to focus more on treatment. In some cases, mental health professionals are riding along with officers. In others, case managers stationed in higher crime areas help officers divert low-level offenders away...
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Report: Feds giving secret, possibly illegal tips to local police

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP February 2, 2018
The international nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch released a blockbuster report this week. It alleges that, in many cases federal law enforcement is tipping off state and local forces about information it may have learned by using constitutionally questionable practices. Such tips might not be admissible as evidence if brought before a court. Therefore,...
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Can your lawyer overrule your decision to say you’re innocent?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 17, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court has just heard arguments in a case where a criminal defense attorney overruled his client’s decision to insist on his innocence at trial. In a Louisiana death penalty case, the attorney gauged that there was overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt. He thought the only way to convince the jury...
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President discusses ‘vicious cycle’ of ex-prisoners struggling

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 12, 2018
Although President Trump is better known for his “tough on crime” rhetoric, he recently advocated for better services for prisoners once they’re released. On a Jan. 11 roundtable with lawmakers and policy wonks, Trump said he wants to “break this vicious cycle” of recidivism that, for many, involves trouble reentering society once their sentences...
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Despite Sessions’ claims, US 2017 crime rates expected to fall

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 28, 2017
Reporting crime rates is important because it gives the public a sense of how dangerous their world is. Crime rates can also affect public policy, whether it is by pressuring Congress to pass new laws or by encouraging attorneys general to engage in crackdowns. Therefore, it’s important for crime rates to be reported fairly...
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What happens after a loud party is shut down?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 22, 2017
Parties can quickly get out of hand. As more and more people show up, the crowd starts to swell. As more people talk, the music gets louder. As more drinks are poured, competing to be heard, voices grow louder and louder. Suddenly, the police are there, asking for the person in charge. If you...
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Judge orders El Paso County to release some low-income defendants

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 20, 2017
According to a civil rights lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Colorado, El Paso County spends around $250,000 on needless pretrial detention for people who judges have found no need to detain. Low-income defendants are being held because they can’t afford a $55 service fee. Pretrial detention is meant for people who are flight...
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What are the potential consequences for a DUI charge in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 16, 2017
Every year in Colorado, thousands of people are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired. During the holiday season, police are going to be out in full force, looking for signs of drivers who may have had a few drinks with friends or family. Since so many...
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Drug overdoses and drug charges

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 14, 2017
Colorado has seen changes to its drug laws in recent years, perhaps most notably in the area of recreational use of marijuana. Other recent changes have made the opportunity to seal convictions for drug-related offenses available to a wider range of people. Many courts and prosecutor’s offices throughout the state have developed more sophisticated...
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Colorado’s Law Against Texting and Driving

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 6, 2017
In the last few years, texting and driving has become a focus of many transportation and police departments across the country. As studies continue to show distracted driving as a major cause of car accidents, many states have strengthened their laws prohibiting it. Colorado is no exception. The scenario Imagine you are driving home...
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