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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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Federal prosecutors may target cannabis in areas where it’s legal

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 4, 2018
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that federal prosecutors may be about to crack down on marijuana use in states and jurisdictions where it has been legalized. Possession and distribution of cannabis remains illegal under federal law, but the previous administration had adopted a hands-off approach when dealing with the drug in Colorado...
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Despite Sessions’ claims, US 2017 crime rates expected to fall

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 28, 2017
Reporting crime rates is important because it gives the public a sense of how dangerous their world is. Crime rates can also affect public policy, whether it is by pressuring Congress to pass new laws or by encouraging attorneys general to engage in crackdowns. Therefore, it’s important for crime rates to be reported fairly...
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3 things to know about underage drinking and driving in Colorado

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 27, 2017
In Colorado, the legal driving limit for Driving Under the Influence is 0.08. This means that if your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher — and you are pulled over by police — you will most likely end up being arrested and ticketed for driving under the influence. If you are stopped...
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Dog bites carry serious risk of infection

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 26, 2017
Dogs are wonderful. They can be affectionate and playful and can quickly become a member of the family. However, it is important to remember that dogs are still very much animals and can react to stimuli in unpredictable ways. When scared or in protection-mode, for example, a normally friendly dog can bite. According to...
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What Happens After A Loud Party is Shut Down?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 22, 2017
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. If you...
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SCOTUS to weigh plea bargains’ effect on sentencing reduction

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 21, 2017
Under federal law, sentencing for drug offenses and many other crimes is determined by formulas listed in the federal sentencing guidelines. Those guidelines are promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission in cooperation with Congress. Sometimes, Congress and the Commission determine that the sentences for certain offenses have a tendency to be unduly harsh or...
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re the feds about to crack down on legal marijuana users?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 11, 2017
Marijuana is now legal for medical purposes in 29 states and Washington, D.C. It is legal for recreational use in eight states and D.C. Nevertheless, it remains illegal under federal law. So far, the federal government has played along, but for how long? U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested that federal authorities may...
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Judge orders El Paso County to release some low-income defendants

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 20, 2017
According to a civil rights lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Colorado, El Paso County spends around $250,000 on needless pretrial detention for people who judges have found no need to detain. Low-income defendants are being held because they can’t afford a $55 service fee. Pretrial detention is meant for people who are flight...
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What are the potential consequences for a DUI charge in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 16, 2017
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. Since so many...
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