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What should you know about domestic violence law in Colorado?

Over the past few decades there has been a rising awareness about domestic violence as an issue that is present in households throughout the country. As a result of this issue, many states have enacted specific laws about domestic violence, which can lead to significant consequences for a person who is convicted of such a charge. So, what do our readers need to know about domestic violence law in Colorado?

Well, for starters, it is important to know that there is a specific definition of "domestic violence" in Colorado law. Essentially, domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence by one person against another person with whom an "intimate relationship" does or has, at some point in time, existed. This could be a spouse or ex-spouse, or even a person with whom the alleged defendant cohabitated with. The act or threat of an act must also be taken to control, intimidate or punish the alleged victim, among other possibilities.

DUI risks: Are you part of the college drinking scene?

Whether this is the start of your freshman year at a Colorado college or you are months away from walking the stage to receive your diploma, it's always a good idea to review your current circumstances to see if you're on track to achieve the goals you've set for yourself. College life can be a lot of fun, but also poses many risks for personal health and legal problems as well.

Such problems often arise in conjunction with binge drinking. Off the top of your head, you can probably list at least two or three possible negative consequences of this college-life activity. You might say that binge drinking causes whopping hangovers, makes it difficult to study and complete your work on time or drains your pocketbook because alcohol can be expensive. Don't forget possible drunk driving charges if you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. 

Defending against DUI charges in Colorado

Drunk driving charges are some of the most common criminal charges that Americans face. Each year, thousands of Colorado residents are arrested on drunk driving charges. While being arrested on DUI charges can be challenging in terms of emotions and a potential license suspension, our readers know that an arrest is not a conviction. The burden is on the prosecution to present evidence that convinces a jury beyond a reasonable doubt of a defendant's guilt. This is why any Colorado resident who has been arrested on DUI charges needs to consider the potential defense options.

What to expect when you’re not expecting your child to get a DUI

Ever thought about what your worst nightmare as a parent would be? How about getting a call that your child is facing criminal charges for drunk driving? There is no playbook for handling this situation, but parents should know what they can expect for their child.

Not only will the student face criminal charges, but the effects will go beyond the courtroom. With a DUI on your student’s record, their life can change academically, socially and in terms of employment.

Protect yourself against an assault conviction

There are many types of crimes in Colorado and throughout the country that are labeled as "violent" crimes. Assault is one of them. Being charged with a violent crime is a serious matter, as any subsequent conviction that results from the charges can lead to a term of imprisonment, a lengthy probation term and even costly fines and court costs.

However, the reality of many assault cases is that they are based on shoddy eyewitness testimony and, in most cases, differing views as to how the physical altercation began. In some instances, both the alleged "victim" and "suspect" will tell the law enforcement officers who are investigating the case that the other is the one who threw the first punch - making it a case of self-defense for the other person. In such a situation - which may be occurring late at night at a public location - the police officers on the scene will likely just be focused on getting the situation under control. That might mean arresting everyone involved and then figuring out who to charge later.

Is it harassment?

It has never been easier to connect with and find people. We have email, texting and location apps on our phones, social media profiles where we share personal details, online games and dozens of other ways to get in contact with people.

While these resources may be convenient or entertaining, they can also lead to issues with unwanted contact and other forms of harassment. Unfortunately, people don't always realize that what they are doing could be harassment and grounds for criminal charges in Colorado.

Don't treat college like a movie

Now that the Fourth of July has passed, Colorado is only a few short weeks away from college move-in day. It's an exciting time for new and returning students, where they can test out a special kind of freedom, but sometimes students can go too far.

College antics have long been the subject of comedies in film and television, but some common antics in those formats are real crimes in real life. Keep that in mind before attempting any hijinks such as:

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