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Four tips for safe college drinking

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 29, 2019
As a college student, you face a lot of stress. Between heavy class loads, homework and a job to help pay the bills, you probably need to blow off some steam every now and again. You may be like many college students who choose to go out and drink to destress. If you make...
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A short FAQ on Colorado’s restraining orders

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 29, 2019
All too often, divorce leads to heated conflicts. People can get angry and desperate, and they may show their worst. A spouse may become violent or menacing. Other people may stay clear of violence but may still threaten their spouses by stalking them or hiding things like keys to limit their movement. Because these...
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Is a plea agreement the end of the matter?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 22, 2019
When the defense and the prosecution negotiate a plea bargain, the final step is going before a judge for approval of the plea bargain. There is no absolute guarantee that a court will accept any plea bargain agreed upon by the parties. Court are independent bodies, and part of the job of judges is...
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Are parole and probation rules setting people up for failure?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 18, 2019
People who have committed parole or probation violations make up a surprisingly large proportion of the prison population in the U.S. Some 280,000 parole or probation violators are incarcerated at any given time. In 13 states, they account for a third of all prisoners. In four states, they make up half the prison population....
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Bus and train passengers warned of police tactics

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 18, 2019
An online investigative news outlet recently published a report that may be of interest, or perhaps useful or alarming, to anyone traveling to or from Colorado by bus or train. The publication describes itself as “dedicated to holding the powerful accountable.” According to the article, federal law enforcement agencies commonly patrol Amtrak and Greyhound...
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How do Standard Field Sobriety Tests work (and don’t work)?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 11, 2019
Just about everyone has heard of field sobriety tests that police administer to people they suspect of impairment during a traffic stop. You may be among those here in Colorado and elsewhere who think these tests are simply to determine whether or not a person is safe to drive. During field sobriety tests, a...
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What is overdose immunity?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 7, 2019
When someone experiences an overdose, they and the people near them may feel that they have to make a hard choice between looking for help and avoiding authorities. In Colorado, that is a misconception. In Colorado, the law provides immunity for those seeking treatment for an overdose. The Colorado Court of Appeals discussed the...
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Don’t believe the gray divorce stereotypes

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 7, 2019
So-called “gray divorce,” or divorce over 50, is growing increasingly common in today’s society. Although it’s still more common for younger people to divorce than those in their middle years and later, the rate of gray divorce in the U.S. has doubled since 1990. At least some of this is explained by the aging...
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What happens when the police conduct a warrentless search?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP October 4, 2019
In most cases, the police need to have a search warrant issued by a judge before they can enter a private residence, search the residence, or seize items from the residence. If they do not have a warrant, they are not permitted to search a residence or seize items that they find in it...
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Same-sex divorce has its unique challenges

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP September 15, 2019
Although the federal right to marry someone of the same sex has only existed in the U.S. since 2015, you and your partner may have been together for years, perhaps even decades. During that time, you may have lived as if you were legally married, perhaps purchasing property together, establishing joint bank accounts and...
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