Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains New Colorado Law

On Monday, May 20, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that police must now require probable cause before they are able to deploy dogs trained to detect marijuana. This places yet another divide between how the state of Colorado and the federal law choose to investigate marijuana.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that any dog trained to alert to marijuana cannot be used until the officer establishes probable cause that an actual crime has been committed.

In the past, since the seventies, in fact, police dogs were trained [..]

Why Is Your CO Drug Trafficking Offense Charged as a Federal Crime?

Your drug trafficking offense can be charged as a federal crime in Colorado under certain circumstances. In this post, we’ll detail the reasons why law enforcement officials can charge you at the federal level, and what you can do if you find yourself dealing with a federal case.

Colorado Drug Trafficking Charges

Both state and federal laws penalize drug trafficking, which is the transport, import, sale, and/or manufacture of illegal controlled substances. The level of penalty varies with the type of drug and the amount of the [..]

Why Drug Possession in Colorado Is Sometimes Charged as Trafficking

Not all drug charges look the same. Colorado law administers different charges and penalties based on the amount of drugs present, the type of drugs, and what the accused were planning on doing with the drugs when they were caught.

If you were caught with drugs that you only intended to use personally, you might not expect truly severe charges or penalties. Sometimes, however, law enforcement officers charge personal users with trafficking, and the difference between possession and trafficking charges could mean quite a few extra years [..]

Can Colorado Police Search You for Drugs on a Bus?

If a peace officer pulls you over for an alleged traffic violation, they may ask to search your vehicle. You have the right to say no.

Law enforcement officers have the right to search a person or their property only if they have reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime, and if they only suspect you to have committed a traffic offense, they cannot search you for other crimes. This is a part of your Fourth Amendment rights.

But while the Fourth Amendment is a right extended [..]

Drugs and Alcohol: Two Things That Can Ruin College Life

When you first moved onto your Denver college campus, you were probably nervous about various academic and social issues, such as whether you’d earn good grades and be able to find a close group of friends to hang out with in your free time.

As time went on, you no doubt found your niche and began to feel more at ease with college life. You may also have learned that most problems are temporary, and perseverance and diligence go a long way toward success.

There’s another side [..]