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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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Worried about distracted drivers? You should be.

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 29, 2018
Reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road has been a multi-faceted approach. There are campaigns aimed to educate drivers and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving who work to educate, while also pushing for stricter drunk driver-related policies. Add to this the steep penalties a driver faces for drunk driving and guess...
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What can we do to prevent fatal accidents?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 25, 2018
While cities like Denver and Boulder have adopted action plans with the goal of reducing the number of traffic fatalities to zero, the number of people actually killed in car accidents in Colorado saw an increase in 2017. Naturally, this is leading some to question just how well these plans are working. More than...
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Review: Alcotest 9510 source code flawed, challenged in courts

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 21, 2018
The Alcotest 9510, a breath testing machine used by numerous police agencies, has been challenged in court in several states. Now, a report from two software engineering consultants who reviewed its source code has been distributed. That report is no longer available for intellectual property reasons, but the consultants expressed serious concerns about the...
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AG Sessions: Federal prosecutors won’t prioritize pot possession

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 15, 2018
Despite recent moves to make it easier for federal prosecutors to crack down on marijuana crimes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that they probably won’t be doing so. That’s because federal law enforcement simply doesn’t have the resources to spend time on “routine cases.” Instead, it will continue to prioritize drug conspiracies and...
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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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Colorado Springs police, media assume driver in crash was DUI

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 23, 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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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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