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Drug law changes can lead to reparative justice in some states

With the legalization of marijuana, some believe that it's time to address past crimes and to make criminal justice reforms. In California, for instance, Californians voted to allow people to petition to hide or reduce the convictions on their records for marijuana-related crimes as soon as marijuana was legalized. In the state, they refer to that change as reparative justice, allowing people to repair the harm caused by the United States' war on drugs.

An affirmative defense can work for a DUI

Getting charged with a DUI is a shock, and you probably want to immediately do everything you can to get out of the risk of a conviction. Don't let your fear of getting into trouble make you admit to wrongdoing or say something that incriminates you. The best thing to do after an arrest is simply to stay quiet and seek the help of your attorney.

Drug addiction treatment versus prison: An examination

As someone who has been accused of using drugs, you're in a difficult position. You know that without a strong defense, you'll be at the mercy of the court and prosecutor. Even with a defense, there's a chance you'll still end up facing penalties.

The importance of a defense attorney can't be understated

A defense attorney has an important job. He or she is on your side, knows the law and knows what it takes to win your case. In the event that the case isn't able to be won, your attorney knows other alternatives to facing serious penalties, which makes it easier for you to get a plea deal or to fight for a lesser penalty.

A plea deal: The right decision or the wrong choice?

If you've ever watched a crime show on television, you've likely heard the words "plea deal" thrown around. It always looks like the plea deal is a good deal, and the accused tends to take it. That's not always the case in real life, though. In fact, plea deals aren't always in your favor.

Domestic violence cases aren't always what they seem

There are many different situations that can result in a domestic violence charge, and it's not fair to assume the accused is at fault in every case. These situations are often complicated. One person might have lashed out fearing for his or her life, or another might have struck first hoping to put an end to a potentially dangerous situation before it got out of hand.

Man no longer faces murder charge after investigation in Colorado

There is no worse thought than imagining hurting your own child, but it does sometimes happen. When your child is an adult, he or she makes decisions that have consequences far more serious than those he or she might have made as a child. Lashing out could become dangerous and threaten you, which is when you may need to defend yourself against your own flesh and blood.

New law makes police report if they seize funds from individuals

When you're pulled over for a traffic violation, the last thing you'd expect is ending up in jail or having your money seized from you. That happened in a case recently, where a man traveling to an auction with $50,000 was accused of having drugs. His cash was seized, even though the officer didn't use a trained drug-sniffing dog and had not found any drugs in the man's possession.

What are some DUI penalties in Colorado?

Colorado has many DUI laws that could affect you and how you're penalized if you're arrested and convicted of a DUI. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can land you with a DUI that has the potential to cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars, threaten your license and could put you in jail.

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