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Police look to diversify sobriety test evaluations

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 3, 2020
DUIs are no longer just for drinking and driving. As Colorado and other states have legalized other mind-altering substances, some law enforcement officials have had to reevaluate how they conduct sobriety tests. In a typical DUI police stop, the officer often looks at several factors to determine whether a person is driving while intoxicated. Some of...
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Are divorce agreements set in stone?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 20, 2020
When your divorce agreement is finalized, it may seem, well, final. However, this does not mean that the terms of your agreement are set in stone. The law recognizes that people’s circumstances can change and allows for the modification of specific issues. Child custody and visitation Child custody and visitation agreements are some of...
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It’s 2020 and the Supreme Court just mandated unanimous juries

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 17, 2020
You probably assumed that a unanimous jury was required for a criminal conviction, but the truth is that two states had allowed non-unanimous juries in criminal cases. Louisiana and Oregon were the hold-out states, and Louisiana changed its constitution to require unanimous juries in 2018. However, people who were convicted by non-unanimous juries did...
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Is it possible to seal a drug conviction in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 7, 2020
A criminal drug conviction can haunt an individual for years. Potential employers, landlords, creditors and even government agencies often make immediate judgments upon seeing marks on an individual’s history. While it is possible to seal recent criminal drug convictions, doing so can be complicated and time-consuming. A waiting game The first step toward filing...
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How a DUI conviction can impact college students

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 7, 2020
College is an exciting time in young people’s lives. They experience living away from home, making new friends and getting involved on campus. Along with these new experiences, college is also a time when many experiment with alcohol, and when some experiment with recreational drug use. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to the poor decision...
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Steps you may still need to take after your divorce is final

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 30, 2020
In Colorado, the final step in the divorce process is for a judge to issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, which people commonly call a divorce decree. This decree is a court order, which means that both parties are required to comply its provisions. This means making any property transfers that may be...
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‘Geofence’ warrants throw out dragnets that ensnare the innocent

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 15, 2020
A Gainesville, Florida, man got a surprising email from Google in January. The company wanted him to know that local police were seeking information about his Google account and that they would release that information to the police unless the man went to court and blocked the request within seven days. It turns out...
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Study: Major FBI pattern matching method is unscientific

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 9, 2020
Many common forensic evidence-gathering techniques are less reliable than you may have been led to believe by “CSI.” In fact, some of them appear to have little scientific basis. In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report on the state of forensic science in U.S. courts. It found that “[w]ith the exception...
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Child custody and co-parenting in Colorado

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 7, 2020
Typically parents try to work on issues and stay together for the sake of the kids, but sometimes divorce becomes the best option. While navigating life as a single parent is no easy feat, it can outweigh the adverse effects associated with two parents living in constant conflict. Research shows that children who are...
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Get an education in secondary support

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 18, 2019
Your children are getting ready to head to college. You’re excited for this new time, but affording college after a divorce can be difficult. Fortunately, you may not be alone when your children are looking at higher education. Though the age of emancipation is 19, and the typical end of child support, you may...
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