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Kathryn Sheely
23
Oct

Sealing vs. Expungement: Colorado Criminal Records

Struggling with the burden of a previous arrest or criminal conviction? You’re far from alone. In Colorado, thousands grapple with the weight of a criminal record. At Path Forward Legal, we often get asked if there is a way to expunge or seal a criminal record. There is, but there is a difference between sealing...
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Understanding Preliminary Hearings in Colorado
19
Oct

Understanding Preliminary Hearings in Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide

When facing criminal charges in Colorado, navigating the legal system can be daunting. One of the crucial stages in this journey is the preliminary hearing. This page aims to demystify the process, shedding light on what a preliminary hearing in Colorado entails, its significance, and how a skilled Colorado criminal defense lawyer can significantly impact...
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10
Sep

5 things to know about VRA (Victim’s Rights Act) in Colorado

If you’ve been in criminal court, you may have heard the judge ask if a prosecutor is “VRA compliant.” Or, you may have been told that a plea offer needs to be “VRA’d.” But what does VRA or the Victim’s Rights Act mean in a criminal case? Before we answer 5 common questions about the...
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Judge using gavel on bench.
21
Aug

Embrace a New Beginning: Essential Probation Terms and Conditions Explained

Probation is a term that many of us have heard but might not fully understand. Instead of serving time in jail or prison, a person convicted of a crime can stay in the community through a legal arrangement called probation. Sounds simple enough, right? But there’s more to probation requirements than just avoiding a cell....
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24
May

Beware: Your Social Media Activity and Criminal Charges

Are you navigating a criminal charge in Colorado? Be cautious about your social media presence. What you post or comment, images you share, and videos you upload across platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, etc., can be turned against you in court. Yes, investigators, police, prosecutors, and sometimes the public will delve deep into your...
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Bail Bond office building
18
May

Out on Bond: Your Guide to Avoiding Jail Pre-Trial

Introduction Navigating the criminal justice system can be scary and confusing, especially if you’re facing charges and are currently out on bond. There’s a lot that the court assumes you already know, both things you are prohibited from doing and things that you are required to do. It’s important to understand your rights, responsibilities, and...
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01
May

DUI Level II Classes Can Save Your License

Learn about the benefits of taking a Level II alcohol education class if you're arrested for DUI or DWAI in Colorado. You could get your license back faster.
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01
May

What you lose when you plead guilty in Colorado

The rights that you give up when pleading guilty in Colorado are usually written out in a plea form called a Rule 11. The paperwork lists these rights as well as details about the charge or charges to which you are pleading guilty, like the elements of the charge and the maximum penalties that can...
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Judge using gavel on bench.
01
May

Objection! How to make the other side follow the rules.

Both sides can call witnesses at hearings or trials. But witnesses aren’t allowed to say whatever they want, and some questions are not permitted by rule or law. Attorneys try to make the other side follow the rules by objecting to questions or answers. Then, it is up to the judge to decide what she...
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01
May

How to know what the government has on you: Discovery in Criminal Cases

So you’re charged with a crime and you’re not sure why. Or you’ve been arrested and you’re trying to figure out what the prosecution has on you. Do you have to wait for trial to find out? Nope. that’s what criminal discovery is for.  This is about Colorado state cases. Discovery is different everywhere.  But,...
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