Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

What You Should Know About Colorado Open Carry Laws

As you likely know, the Second Amendment is a hot topic in the United States. Because of this, state and federal courts have started to crack down on weapon offenses. For this reason, it is extremely important to understand the intricacies and penalties associated with Colorado’s open carry laws. Adhering as closely as possible to gun laws not only keep you and everyone around you safer, but helps you avoid an unfortunate charge. Colorado explicitly recognizes the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but it also has [..]

What is the Difference Between First and Second-Degree Murder?

You may be under the impression that all murder is equal and the person who committed the act should face equally harsh penalties. However, according to law, different types of murder have different levels of penalties depending on the facts of the case. The severity of the crime is determined by “degrees.” A murder charge may fall under the first, second, or even sometimes third degree depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. So, what is the difference between first and second-degree murder?

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Juvenile Sentencing

When your child gets into legal trouble, you may not know what to do or where to turn to next. It is a scary thought leaving your child in the hands of a justice system that you likely know nothing about. However, the good news is that juvenile sentencing is much less harsh than what you may be familiar with in reference to adult sentencing. The goal of juvenile sentencing is not necessarily to punish a child, but to rehabilitate them and guide them toward a more [..]

Burglary vs Robbery: What’s the Difference?

You might think that burglary and robbery are basically the same crimes. In reality, they have some key differences. When determining which type of crime someone committed, Colorado courts take into account several factors. The distinctions between burglary and robbery mainly involve where and how the unlawful taking of something happened. As a result, charges and sentencing vary depending on the type of crime committed, as well as the scale at which it occurred.

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What is Honest Services Fraud?

Honest services fraud is “a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services,” as defined in the related federal statute. It is an extension of mail or wire fraud. As there is no clear definition of “honest services,” the courts reserve the right to define and limit the statute. The original intent behind the federal statute was to lessen government corruption. However, the law’s language does not place a limit on who can be charged with honest services fraud. 

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