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Unprecedented crackdown on hazing by Air Force Academy

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 4, 2018
When colleges or universities discover an alleged rule violation that could also be considered a crime, they typically have a choice in all but the most serious types of offenses. They can refer the case out to local police and process the case as a violation of school rules, or they can handle the...
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New conviction integrity unit taking shape in Boulder County

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP September 7, 2018
In March, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty announced the creation of a conviction integrity unit in the county which will review criminal cases for signs that defendants are actually innocent. Since then, his office and local criminal defense lawyers have been working to create review criteria and an application process. The unit will...
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Should Colorado consider ending cash bail?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 31, 2018
Across the country, cash bail systems have been under attack as being essentially debtor’s prisons. Cash bail means that many people will be kept behind bars before trial simply because they can’t afford to pay. That can be devastating, often causing job loss, loss of housing and massive disruption in a person’s life even...
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‘Pot breathalyzer’ to be tested in several states this fall

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 10, 2018
If you live in Colorado, you’ve probably heard that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal. Unfortunately, with an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes, the incidence of drugged driving appears to be on the rise. Before legalization, states defined marijuana-impaired driving as driving with any measurable amount...
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Colorado Springs police, media assume driver in crash was DUI

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 3, 2018
Car accidents happen for any number of reasons. When they are particularly spectacular, it can be easy to assume that intoxication was the cause, perhaps because many shocking DUI accidents have been reported on the news. The mere fact of an accident, however, does not imply the driver was drunk. It’s important to remember...
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Colorado law enforcement ramps up DUI patrols for summer

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 3, 2018
It’s the summer time. A time to relax and enjoy a good barbeque and a few drinks with some friends. However, before you hit the road, keep in mind that Colorado law enforcement is out in full swing during the summer months, looking for drunk drivers. Agencies throughout the state participate in something called...
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How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 3, 2018
Nothing is quite as upsetting as an accident with serious injuries. One day everything was fine. You were getting up, going to work, and taking care of your family. After an accident, the future can look murky, as you struggle to figure out just what you are going to do. There is a lot...
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Registry: Majority of 2017 exonerations involved misconduct

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 2, 2018
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...
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The number of drivers with cannabis, opioids in system is rising

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP June 29, 2018
A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that we are seeing a lot more drugged driving. That may not come as a surprise, as the use of both cannabis and opioids has been on the rise. What should law enforcement and policy groups do? The researchers used data from the National...
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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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