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Registry: Majority of 2017 exonerations involved misconduct

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 139 people were exonerated in 2017. These people had been convicted of criminal offenses and were then proven to be innocent of those offenses. Shockingly, 84 of the 139 wrongful convictions were the result of official misconduct. In 66 cases, no actual crime had been committed. Overall, these people lost 1,478 years of freedom.

Supreme Court allows constitutional appeal after guilty plea

Rodney Class is a bit of a celebrity among 2nd Amendment advocates and constitutional strict constructionists. A military veteran with a concealed-carry permit from North Carolina, Class considers himself a defender of the constitution -- a "private attorney general" who seeks to hold judges accountable for failing to uphold the founding document.

3 myths about minor in possession tickets

Receiving a minor in possession ticket can be scary, especially if this is your first time getting into trouble with the law. You most likely know a friend -- or even several friends -- who have been in a seemingly similar boat. However, do not assume their situation is the same as yours. While it is true that plenty of college students wind up with minor in possession, or MIP tickets, not all cases are the same.

What happens after a loud party is shut down?

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.

What are the potential consequences for a DUI charge in Colorado?

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.

Drug overdoses and drug charges

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 and effective ways to address drug-related charges. Still, Colorado's laws continue to impose serious consequences for drug possession and distribution. This evolving area of law reflects the criminal justice system's response to issues related to controlled substances in Colorado's communities.

Colorado's Law Against Texting and Driving

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.

When can police search an apartment?

On a day-to-day basis, most of us do not give the Constitution that much thought. We know it is there to guarantee and protect our rights, but outside of this, many of us simply go about our days without really thinking about it -- that is -- until we learn the police were at our son or daughter's college apartment.

Understanding the risks of fake IDs

Parents never stop worrying about their children. Regardless of how grown our kids are, it is natural and normal to worry about what they are doing -- especially when they are off at college. And while we like to think that they are always making the right choice, the truth is that college is also a time when many young adults start to push boundaries and often make mistakes.

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