Denver Police Department Requests 800 Body Cameras
October 12, 2014

In preparation for the annual state budget proposal, the Denver police department has requested funding for 800 cameras to be worn by police officers at all times. Police-worn cameras caught media attention after the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In Brown’s shooting, […]

Colorado Requests US Supreme Court Weigh in on DUI Laws
October 12, 2014

In June, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of People v. Schaufele relating to whether police needed a warrant to perform an involuntary blood draw to test for alcohol. The Colorado Supreme Court followed the ruling of the US Supreme Court in the case of Missouri v. McNeely wherein the […]

Asserting Your Right to Remain Silent
September 5, 2014

Under the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 2 Section 18 of the Colorado Constitution, the government may not force a person to testify against themselves in a criminal proceeding. This is commonly known as the “right to remain silent.” Through a long lineage of cases, the Supreme Court determined that invoking […]

Amendment 64 – Six Months Later
July 10, 2014

It has been half of a year since the first recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado creating the first seed-to-sale legalized marijuana market in the world. To sum up how Colorado is doing after prohibition has ended, one should look to the Director of Marijuana Coordination, Andrew Freedman, who stated, “The sky hasn’t fallen.” In […]

Amendment 64 Applies Retroactively to Past Convictions (Maybe)
April 19, 2014

In a landmark case issued on March 13, 2014; the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that legalized marijuana under Amendment 64 applies retroactively to past possession of marijuana convictions. The case entitled People v. Russell involving a woman convicted of (among other crimes) possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of marijuana […]

The Legal Issues of High Speed Chases in Colorado
March 12, 2014

This morning a Colorado man led police on a high speed chase through Adams, Boulder, Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties that lasted a total of two hours.  The man allegedly stole three vehicles through the pursuit, including one with a 4-year old child inside.  The mother of the 4-year old left her van running while […]

Marijuana and Open Container Laws
February 20, 2014

Imagine you’re a responsible, law abiding adult who is interested in enjoying Colorado’s new legal marijuana market.  You drive to your nearest pot shop, show your ID to prove you are over 21, and buy a small amount of marijuana including an added 20% state sales tax.  You then get back in your car and […]

The Right against Self-Incrimination
February 9, 2014

The right against self-incrimination is grounded in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution; “No person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” The sentence only has fifteen words, but those words have had a profound impact on the American legal system. In the most basic interpretation, the […]

The DUI/DWAI/DUID Process in Colorado
December 18, 2013

When you are pulled over for drinking and driving, you will not be dealing with just one case but potentially up to three different cases in three different jurisdictions. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI) and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) are cases in County Court. You will also be subject to […]

New Colorado DUI Laws in Effect January 2014 – Part II
December 13, 2013

A little while ago, our firm presented a blog post regarding the upcoming changes to DUI law in Colorado. These changes are going into effect on January 1, 2014.  While that post addressed the changes that will occur, we have received several questions on how these changes will affect our clients.  Overall the change in law […]