Changes to the Way White Collar Crimes are Punished

White collar sentencing guidelines in the US could use some work.

For a perfect example of the incompetence and ineffectiveness of our sentencing laws, take a look at the case of Norman Schmidt.  Schmidt was sentenced to a staggering 330-year prison sentence after being convicted of conspiracy and fraud.

In an effort to address some of the key problems with white collar sentencing laws, a federal panel voted to amend the guidelines in April. The new guidelines will be submitted [...]

When Defending Yourself Brings Domestic Violence Charges

Colorado law recognizes your right to protect your person, your property, and other people when unlawfully threatened. Unfortunately, while self-defense is a lawful and perfectly understandable instinct, proving that you were acting out of self-defense in court is an incredibly difficult task.

In Colorado, the laws determining whether you acted in self-defense are not hard and fast ones, since many judges have differing views on what it means to protect yourself. If you use physical force to defend yourself, you [...]

What You Can and Can’t Do Under a Restraining Order

In Colorado, a protection order can be obtained on the mere word of another person and with no notice to you.

Often referred to as “restraining orders,” protective orders are legally enforceable documents ordering one person to stay a certain distance away from the person who filed for protection and avoid contacting them. To secure a temporary protection order against you, all someone needs to do is go to court and claim you have been abusive towards them. No proof [...]

Don’t Let a Criminal Record Keep Your Child from Going to College

Your child may have the good grades, the extra-curricular activities, and the impressive SAT scores, but if your college-bound teen has a criminal record, their chances of getting into college are severely limited.

The vast majority of universities and colleges—including the almost 500 institutions that use the Common Application—require applicants to provide information on their criminal history. Many institutions require prospective students to check a box admitting to previous run-ins with the law, while others perform background checks on all [...]

Colorado Marijuana Public Display and Consumption Charges Rise

Criminal justice in Colorado has undergone some drastic changes since the state legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in 2012.

According to a report from the Drug Policy Alliance, the number of marijuana charges for possession, distribution, and cultivation fell by 95 percent between 2010 and 2014. Possession charges dropped from 30,428 in 2010 to 1,922 in 2014, while distribution and cultivation charges have become nearly nonexistent.

However, though possession, distribution, and cultivation charges have dropped, there has [...]