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Criminal Defense
Like many professionals, criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors have their own set of acronyms and special language to communicate quickly on cases. Let’s talk about some of the most common acronyms that you might see in a criminal case when the prosecutor conveys a plea offer. PG – Plead Guilty. This is often the first...
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Imagine Sarah, a Colorado resident who relies on marijuana to manage her chronic pain. Recently, she found herself entangled in the legal system and is now under pre-trial services awaiting her court date. Sarah is faced with a pressing question: Can she continue using marijuana to manage her symptoms, or does her new legal status...
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Every year, thousands of Americans navigate the legal system while trying to maintain their daily lives. A common stumbling block? Understanding travel limitations when charged with a crime. If you’re charged with a crime in Colorado, can you leave the state? What if you were just visiting: can you return home? The answer to this...
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Appealing Restitution Gets Harder
The Colorado Supreme Court just clarified an important question about restitution orders in criminal cases: how much oversight is the trial court decision going to get on appeal? A trial court must order a defendant convicted of a felony to pay restitution for any pecuniary loss he proximately caused his victim. §18-1.3-602(3)(a), C.R.S. (2023). In...
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Have you ever thought about whether taking someone’s phone could be seen as domestic violence in Colorado? It’s a nuanced question with a complex answer. Let’s unpack this and understand what Colorado law says about such scenarios. When Taking a Phone Crosses the Line Theft: A Taking is a Crime Picture this: you take someone...
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At Path Forward Legal, we help people understand the charges against them and the possible penalties they face if charged with a crime. We’re often asked if someone will go to prison if they are convicted. When we can answer “no,” it’s a great thing. For most crimes, alternatives to prison exist. However, prison or...
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In the intricate landscape of Colorado’s criminal legal system, the role of pre-sentence investigations and the Pre-sentence Investigation Report (or PSI) stands as a pivotal element that is often overlooked. For defendants navigating this challenging journey, understanding the profound impact these investigations can have on sentencing decisions is crucial. This article aims to shed light...
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Understanding Colorado’s DWAI laws can be overwhelming, especially given the potential penalties of fines, jail, and license suspension. Below, we will explore the intricacies of DWAI laws in Colorado, the penalties for first-time and repeat offenders, and the impact of DWAI convictions on insurance and employment. We’ll also discuss strategies for defending against DWAI charges...
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Picture this: you’re driving through the scenic landscape of Colorado, enjoying the breathtaking views, when suddenly, you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You’ve been caught speeding, and now you’re facing the consequences of a Colorado speeding ticket. But do you fully understand Colorado’s speeding laws and how they apply to your situation? In...
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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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