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Increasing number of crimes driven by addiction

If your child is struggling with an addiction to drugs, it is likely that your entire family has suffered at the same time. Drug addiction is painful to watch in a beloved family member. You probably wish every day you could somehow take the pain away, but the situation never improves. Your loved one may refuse treatment, or he or she may have tried unsuccessfully on numerous occasions to get clean.

Aside from your fears for your loved one's health, you may worry about the legal ramifications of addiction. As people decline into an all-consuming drug dependency, it is not uncommon for them to turn to crime to satisfy their habits. You know very well that your child knows right from wrong; you were the one who taught those lessons. Nevertheless, something powerful has control of your beloved now, and crime may seem to be the only way to feed it.

New hope for those falsely accused of child abuse

When a child who is not sick suddenly dies, there may be few people more traumatized than the parents and caregivers. Often, however, the parents or caregivers become the center of a criminal investigation into the cause of the child's death. Public outrage is certain when the evidence suggests shaken baby syndrome.

If fingers are pointing at you because a child in your care died or suffered injuries because of SBS, you may be justifiably worried about your future. Whether you are the parent, stepparent, babysitter or other guardian, you may feel you have few options in the face of the evidence.

Unjust accusations could leave you needing a defense

As you know, domestic violence negatively affects numerous people across the country. You certainly want victims of such violence to get the help they need and for the abusers to face justice. However, you may face concerns of your own when allegations of abusing your spouse or other family members have unjustly been leveled against you. Because domestic violence can result in criminal charges, you will likely want information on defending against the accusations.

Luckily, when presented with such a predicament, you have various options that could help you address your case. Determining the best defense strategy for your particular situation may allow you to move forward effectively.

Should you go to jail because you suffer from an addiction?

People struggle to understand what it's like to suffer from addiction. In fact, you might not even truly understand it. You might feel like the addiction owns you, which makes it difficult for you to move past it. Additional problems arise when you encounter law enforcement since their function remains enforcing the law despite the fact that you need help shaking your addiction instead of just spending time in jail.

Are juvenile drug charges an automatic jail sentence?

As the mother of a troubled teen, you likely want to make the best decisions for your child. When he or she faces arrest on juvenile drug charges, finding the right path to follow may be vital. Rather than accept that your teen could potentially face jail time if convicted, you may wish to find legal routes that could potentially help you seek alternative action.

"Pirate" Marijuana Grows in Colorado

The growth, use and regulation of marijuana currently resides in a grey zone in the United States. With some marijuana use being legal in the state of Colorado but still illegal federally, the law in this area can get confusing. In Colorado, a person over the age of 21 may grow up to six plants for personal use (with no more than three mature plants at a time). However, growing any more than this is illegal and comes with varying punishments in relation to the number of plants. Caregivers can also grow marijuana for themselves and their patients and each county can limit the number of plants that can be grown

Recently, the growth of illicit pot, or "pirate grows," in Colorado has increased. Hiding behind the veil of Colorado's legalization, many people in state and some that come from out of state grow illegal marijuana with the intent to sell it in state or export it to other states or countries. These pirate grows take place both on land and in rented or purchased homes and businesses throughout Colorado. Police seized 2,400 marijuana plants as a result of eight raids in the Pueblo area in April of 2016.

Juveniles now make up almost half of Colorado marijuana arrests

Now that marijuana possession is legal in Colorado, parents of teenagers have less to worry about, right? Not so fast. The 2013 amendment that legalized marijuana possession for adults over age 21 didn't change any of the laws affecting youth under 21.

Juveniles under age 18 now account for a much higher proportion of those arrested for marijuana possession than before legalization, according to a March 2016 report by the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Here are some of the report's findings related to juveniles marijuana arrests:

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