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Drug Crimes

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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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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Colorado still takes hard stance against drug crimes

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP June 29, 2018
While laws surrounding marijuana in Colorado have relaxed over the years, do not take this as a false sense of security – thinking that drugs are now just legal and that there are no repercussions after getting caught. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In this post, we are going to set the...
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3 common questions about financial aid and drug convictions

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 30, 2018
There are serious legal consequences to getting caught with drugs. In addition, a drug-related criminal conviction could limit your eligibility for federal financial aid. Depending on your financial situation, this could mean that you might end up having to take out expensive student loans or take time off from school until you meet the...
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Stress turns some college students to study drugs

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 30, 2018
There is a lot riding on getting good grades in college. Add to this the sheer workload of having multiple classes — with mandatory papers, projects and tests — and it’s no wonder so many college students are completely stressed out. Walk around a campus and you can feel the stress, as students rush...
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