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White Collar Crime In Colorado

The most recent white collar crime report for the city of Denver was released in late October, and the data shows that fraud and other financial crime is on the rise. While the report focused on Denver, the statistics likely apply across the state. Despite a statistical drop in September, overall there were more people charged with white- collar crimes to this point in  2019 than in 2018.  


All the little secrets Perry Mason knew

While all criminal defense attorneys will utilize their educations, skills, time, and effort to assure their clients a vigorous and effective defense provided for by the U.S. Constitution, there are a few factors that the most effective defense attorneys employ to give their clients an edge.  


Chemical Dependency In Our Prison System - Part Two

This is part two of our two-part series on the problems of drug addictions and prison sentencing.

In part one of our series, we discussed the State of Colorado's prison system and the legislative debate over whether to open a shuttered prison due to the burgeoning inmate population. In part two, we will discuss national statistics. 

Does Colorado really need another prison opened?

Despite Colorado’s reputation as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, the state legislature has not done much to reduce enforcement or penalties on drugs that remain illegal. According to a recent report published in the Colorado Independent, officials at the Department of Corrections have (again) gone to the State Legislature to request the reopening of a state prison in Cañon City. The request comes in response to the record-high number of drug overdoses recorded in the state in 2018, accompanied by a corresponding increase in the number of drug arrests.

What factors affect your BAC?

You have two drinks at a friend’s house and feel find to drive home, but on the way a police officer pulls you over. They suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol and have you complete a breathalyzer test. You are surprised that your blood alcohol content (BAC) results are over the legal limit of alcohol intoxication. What factors affect your BAC level?

Tackling the opioid epidemic in Colorado

Colorado's opioid epidemic has recently taken focus at the state capitol, as officials express the need to limit the drug abuse that is killing hundreds each year. More than 63,000 people have died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2017. Opioids were involved in 75 percent of those deaths. This statistic hits close to home in Colorado as the number of opioid overdoses continues to rise.

The Denver Post addressed the change seen in the opioid epidemic last year. With drug deaths being the worst in the state's history, the opioid epidemic is transforming into a broader overdose crisis. Although the state's problem ranks in the middle of the pack, experts say that there are significant gaps in prevention and treatment for drug addiction in Colorado. Most likely killing more people all together than car crashes, overdoses including death from methamphetamine rose drastically. Heroin and cocaine overdoses were also well above where they were a couple years ago.

Security breaches put hackers in the crosshairs

In years past, identity theft used to be about stealing a person’s likeness (through their Social Security number) and taking advantage of the credit score or profile. Nowadays, it appears that identity theft has changed in that a person’s credit card (or debit card) can be usurped and incorporated into counterfeit cards.

This practice has unfortunately affected millions of American consumers and the threat of identity theft does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. This is arguably because the number of online transactions continues to grow, and the number of retailers subjected to cyberattacks reads like a Fortune 500 who’s who.

Adderall, a commonly abused drug among college students

Cramming for a college exam or working on an all-night research paper used to only include a tremendous amount of coffee and willpower to keep you awake. In many cases this holds true, however, a prescription drug called Adderall is becoming increasingly popular as an illegal alternative to staying awake and focused for long periods of time.


When can a police officer search your vehicle?

You see the red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. You pull off to the side of the road and an officer walks up to your window. After the officer verifies your license and insurance, they ask if they can search your vehicle. You freeze. You don’t know what to say or what your rights are. What happens if you say no? Can they search your vehicle anyway? Here are five ways that an officer can legally search your vehicle.