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When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP September 20, 2021
If you’ve never been involved in the criminal justice system before, you might not know when you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Many people assume you only need one once you’ve been placed under arrest, but this isn’t always the case. The following are some scenarios in which you should consider hiring...
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How Does Express Consent Work in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP September 6, 2021
In some circumstances, you are expressly consenting to follow certain laws by simply engaging in an activity. For instance, when you get behind the wheel, you’ve expressly consented to agree to a breath or blood test if you are arrested for of driving under the influence. So, what does this mean, and what happens...
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What are the Types of Domestic Violence?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 28, 2021
Any type of domestic abuse should be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. While this can sometimes be difficult to do, an experienced lawyer can help you take the proper steps. It’s also essential to understand that domestic abuse isn’t always physical, and it can often be hard to spot, especially for...
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What is the Difference Between an Appeal and Post-Conviction Relief?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 20, 2021
If you were convicted of a crime, you have options to challenge this conviction. Your primary options are an appeal and post-conviction relief.    What is an Appeal? An appeal is a written motion that your attorney can file requesting a higher court to review your case and determine if they believe the conviction...
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What are the Consequences of a Probation Violation?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 10, 2021
When a person is convicted of a crime, the judge is often permitted to sentence them to a term of probation rather than putting them jail or prison. When you’re on probation, you are subject to certain terms and conditions – often you’re drug tested, required to seek and maintain employment, attend anger management...
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What Proof is Needed to File a Restraining Order?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 2, 2021
In Colorado, anyone who fears for their safety is permitted to seek a restraining order. The purpose of this order is to protect an individual from domestic violence, harassment, child abuse, or other threats and to ensure that the abuser ceases contact with the victim. Restraining orders are unique depending on the circumstances, but...
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How do you know it’s time to divorce?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 13, 2021
Believe it or not, this time of year is a common one for people to think about ending their marriages. It makes sense, if you think about it. Over the holidays, marriage troubles can become harder to handle. You want to make things fun for the kids, but differences in your lifestyle, spending habits,...
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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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Domestic violence is on the rise. Do you need help?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 9, 2021
As the nation struggles with COVID-19, there has been increasing pressure on families. People are stuck spending almost all of their time with family members. Economic distress is rampant. If domestic violence is already present in the relationship, victims may find few opportunities for respite. They may have little chance to call for help....
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Supreme Court rules that states may define the insanity defense

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 5, 2021
On Thanksgiving 2009, James K. killed his wife and two teen daughters. In his defense, the man had been under substantial stress. Several months earlier, his wife had left him and taken the children with her. Also that year, James had lost his job and been forced to move in with his parents. Did...
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