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What are Colorado’s Marijuana Laws and Penalties?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP June 21, 2022
Although marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, there are still tight regulations and laws. For example, there is a limit on how much marijuana you can possess and what age you must be to possess it. If you were arrested or have any questions about the marijuana laws and penalties, contact us today for...
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How is Possession of Drugs Proven?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 17, 2021
If you’ve been accused of drug possession, there are several specifics the prosecutor must prove in order for you to be convicted. It’s not enough for them to simply show up in court and say that the police found what they believe to be drugs on your person. If you find yourself in this...
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Pot arrests finally dropping nationwide, still mostly possession

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 12, 2021
Colorado and Washington legalized adult possession of marijuana in 2012. Since then, a large majority of states have legalized weed, either entirely or for medical use. Still others have decriminalized the drug, meaning that possession results in a fine instead of incarceration. Included among the fully legalized states are California and Illinois, two of the most...
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Is it possible to seal a drug conviction in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 7, 2020
A criminal drug conviction can haunt an individual for years. Potential employers, landlords, creditors and even government agencies often make immediate judgments upon seeing marks on an individual’s history. While it is possible to seal recent criminal drug convictions, doing so can be complicated and time-consuming. A waiting game The first step toward filing...
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What happens when the police conduct a warrentless search?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 4, 2019
In most cases, the police need to have a search warrant issued by a judge before they can enter a private residence, search the residence, or seize items from the residence. If they do not have a warrant, they are not permitted to search a residence or seize items that they find in it...
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Does the Eighth Amendment prohibit excessive asset seizures?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 15, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which a defendant’s SUV was seized by the state after he was convicted of a drug crime. Many states and the federal government engage in asset seizures after drug and other arrests, often before a conviction has been obtained. All the government has...
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After overdoses, should drug dealers be charged with homicide?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 2, 2019
Alexandria S. is not what you think of as a drug dealer. A suburban mother of three, she became addicted to her prescription Percocet while being treated for back pain. When she couldn’t get off Percocet, she turned to heroin, which is chemically similar. Across the street, her neighbor was also suffering from an...
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How many wrongful misdemeanor drug convictions occur in the US?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 19, 2019
Across the United States, around 13.2 million misdemeanor cases are filed every year. Unfortunately, there are no statistics on how many of those cases result in conviction — much less on how many wrongful convictions occur. Some data is available from the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law...
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Supreme Court rules ‘excessive fines’ clause applies to states

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP February 28, 2019
In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on “excessive fines” applies to states and local governments as well as to the federal government. The high court had never actually ruled that the clause applied to states and local governments, although many people assumed that it did....
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Drug task force: Marijuana on public land skyrocketed in 2017

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 9, 2018
With marijuana legal in Colorado, but illegal under federal law, you would think the temptation to grow the plant on public land would be relatively low. Unfortunately for Colorado’s forests and mountains, illegal cannabis growers continue to cut costs by cultivating in state and national parks and forests. And, it may be getting worse,...
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