Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Extortion in Colorado

When a person obtains damaging information – whether it is true or false – they cannot threaten to use that knowledge to damage someone else’s life or reputation in return for money. Though the First Amendment of the Consitution permits the freedom of speech, and thus, allows people to speak about another person’s private life, there is a difference between that and extortion. The speech becomes illegal when used as leverage or to blackmail another individual. 

In this post, our Denver criminal defense attorneys at WeedenLaw will [..]

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. 

Generally, honest services [..]

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 [..]

5 Most Common White Collar Crimes in Colorado

Not all crimes are violent crimes. Some crimes, such as credit card fraud, forgery, and money laundering are not physically violent. In this post, Denver attorney, Jeff Weeden explains the five most common white collar crimes in Colorado.

Common Misconceptions About White Collar Crimes in Colorado

Federal agents coined the term “white collar crime” to describe these crimes in the 1930s. 

When a court charges you with a white collar crime, you may believe that because the crime is not violent, your punishment will be insignificant. This [..]