In this blog series we discuss the roots of the grand jury system and its importance in criminal law in Colorado. In this post we talk about what a grand jury does and next time we will look at what protections an accused has with respect to grand jury investigations under Colorado law.Read more
In a previous blog series, we looked at how prosecutors in Colorado use the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) to pile charges and penalties onto members of the recreational marijuana industry. Today we discuss how prosecutors use white collar criminal charges such as securities fraud to establish their COCCA predicate offenses.Read more
In the four years since Amendment 64 went into effect, the State of Colorado and its law enforcement agencies have been struggling to cope with legalized marijuana. Over this span, the crime rate in Colorado has increased while the national average has dropped. Though this cannot be conclusively linked to any one factor, law enforcement and politicians are trying to place blame somewhere, and the easy target is the new marijuana industry.Read more
A National Security Clearance is a precious asset that can be threatened by criminal prosecutions or even accusations. Before you can be approved for security clearance, each aspect of your life is placed under a microscope – employment history, financial history, and housing history, to name a few. To become eligible for security clearance you are scrutinized on your stability, trustworthiness, reliability, discretion, character, honesty, judgment, and unfailing loyalty to the United States. These characteristics can be brought into question if you are charged with a crime, putting you at risk of losing that security clearance or holding you back from initial approval. When your job depends on that clearance, criminal court involvement can throw your career and your life completely off track.Read more
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