Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

COVID-19 Issues in Criminal Defense Matters

Can a lawyer help during the COVID-19 environment, and how have things changed?

UPDATE as of May 7, 2020:

General Order 2020-8 continues all civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence now through July 6, 2020, subject to further order of the presiding judicial officer.

There is much I can do to help folks out, maybe more now than ever. The Criminal Justice system is in a very fluid place. Just two weeks ago I had a Denver Police Officer screaming on the phone threatening to “destroy” [..]

Colorado Restraining Order

Restraining orders in Colorado are demands issued by the courts that mandate an alleged abuser to avoid contact with the alleged victim. Restraining orders (sometimes called protective orders) are put in place to protect the innocent from domestic abuse situations or other threats.

In Colorado, anyone fearing for their safety can apply for a restraining order from the local court. From here, the judge may issue a temporary restraining order or permanent restraining order.

    What is a Restraining Order in Colorado? Grounds for a Restraining Order What
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Romeo and Juliet Law in Colorado

In Colorado, like in many states, we colloquially call our statutory rape laws the “Romeo and Juliet law”. This is in reference to the fact that Shakespeare’s titular pair were several years apart in age, and that Juliet was underage while Romeo was not; in a Romeo and Juliet law, there is an exception for young people close in age where one is underage.

The premise of the Romeo and Juliet law is that minors are not capable of giving consent to sexual activity. Statutory rape occurs [..]

Can You Be Arrested For Fishing Without A License?

Can you be arrested for fishing without a license in Colorado?

The short answer is: probably not. Unless there are extremely extenuating circumstances, there will be no jail time for fishing without a license. But there could be severe penalties for fishing without a license. 

Hunting and fishing are common pastimes in the United States, and especially so in Colorado. Thus, there are plenty of rules and regulations in place to protect outdoorsmen and wildlife. When you break those rules or regulations, there could be serious consequences. [..]

So You’ve Been Served A Notice of Hearing After A Wildlife Violation. What Now?

Have you ever gotten a notice of hearing after a wildlife violation?

Documents like the notice of hearing are designed to give you all the information you need in one place. This sounds convenient, yet they often use language that can be tricky to understand. 

Jeff Weeden is a criminal defense attorney in the Denver area, representing clients in wildlife and fishery violations. If you’ve found yourself in a position where there’s a chance the state could suspend your license, we’re going to break down your notice [..]