Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

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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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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Differences Between Prostitution and Escort Services

Many people use the terms “escort service” and “prostitute” interchangeably. But are they really the same thing? Are they similar at all? What are the legal differences between prostitution and escort services?

Our experienced Colorado attorneys at Weeden Law will answer your questions and outline the key differences between a prostitute and an escort service.

What is an Escort Service?

An escort service is any person or persons who, for profit, makes themselves available to the public for the purposes of accompaniment or companionship. The “escort bureau” [..]

Bail Amount by Crime

In this blog, we put together a list of the typical bail amounts by crime. This is to give you an approximate idea of what is a reasonable bail amount according to the charge. 

How is bail cost determined?

According to the 8th amendment, anyone arrested for a crime is entitled to a fair bail amount. Bail is not intended to be a punishment. It is simply money that the defendant or someone on behalf of the defendant pays to the court. Once someone pays their bail, [..]

How Do I Fight a False Arrest?

If you were the victim of false arrest, find out more about how you can fight it here in this blog. 

What is a legal arrest?

An arrest is generally made after a judge or magistrate grants a warrant to the police. The warrant authorizes the detention of an individual. Arrests may be made without warrants if the authorities have probable cause, or there are extenuating circumstances at the time of the arrest.

Probable cause means that the police officer had reasonable belief that the suspect engaged [..]