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Denver man gets prison for child pornography

As one Denver law enforcement official points out, child pornography is the criminal offense that can snare folks from all classes and professions. Folks from the pulpit to the streets can be charged with and convicted of possession of child pornography.

That same official, however, warns that this particular sex crime is considered to be exploitive of children, and those crossing the line will always be held strictly accountable.

Traveling advocates ensure that Denver drug violators are helped

Defendants in Denver and across the nation who are facing the criminal justice system not only must face the test of guilt or innocence, but they also face the challenge of mitigating their damages and getting the fairest shake possible from a judge or jury. This is certainly the case of those charged withfelony drug charges.

According to news reports, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals is at the forefront of a movement that advocates getting help for drug defendants, instead of just swift and severe punishment. The message they are conveying is that such an approach is a good thing both for them and the communities where they reside.

Colorado may adopt Jessica's Law after governor calls for review

In one of our previous posts, we discussed how Colorado's mandated treatment program for convicted sex offenders were backlogged. In addition to the high number of offenders waiting to complete their mandated treatment, recent reports have questioned the effectiveness of the programs under the state's Lifetime Supervision Act.

To address the questions surrounding the effectiveness of the mandated treatment programs for convicted sex offenders and the Lifetime Supervision Act, Colorado's governor has asked the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to review the law and determine if revisions need to be made.

Supreme Court says warrant needed for DUI blood draws

Drunk driving charges are very serious and can harm a person's future in many different ways. Most drunk driving convictions are based on evidence obtained at the arrest, like a breath or blood sample. This evidence can be difficult to dispute if the test shows that a driver was over the legal blood-alcohol-content limit. However, it may be more difficult for police officers to obtain a blood sample during a drunk driving arrest after a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The Supreme Court justices recently ruled that police officers must try to get a search warrant before they can order a blood-sample test on suspected drunk drivers. This ruling could have a significant impact on future drunk driving cases throughout the country as most police officers do not currently obtain a search warrant before testing a suspect's blood.

DNA collection bill one step closer to becoming law

In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the proposed bill that would collect DNA from people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes. The bill is one step closer to becoming a law in Colorado after the House passed the proposed bill.

Many lawmakers support the bill that would increase the number of people who would be required to submit a DNA sample. Not only would individuals convicted of felony crimes be required to have their DNA collected, people convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses would also have their DNA collected.

Colorado man sentenced for car theft scheme

A Colorado man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to several car thefts. The man was charged with Class Three Felony Theft after striking a plea deal with the prosecution.

The man was originally indicted for four counts of defrauding a creditor, two counts of serial theft, and one count of computer crime. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison but his plea deal included that he pay $220,000 in restitution for the criminal charges, reducing his prison sentence to only 90 days.

Underage drunk driving increases during prom season

Recently, the media has reported that underage drinking contributes to many deaths in teenagers, and not all of them are attributed to car accidents. Many serious injuries and fatalities result from drunk driving accidents, as well as other accidents caused by risky behaviors and alcohol poisoning. In addition to these safety risks, teenagers can face serious legal consequences if they are arrested for underage drunk driving.

With prom just around the corner, the threat of underage drinking and driving increases in Colorado. Underage drunk driving charges are very serious as they can impact a teen's life in significant ways, like their ability to get into college and find a good job.

Mandated treatment for Colorado sex offenders backlogged

Last week we discussed how Colorado's sex offender laws may be too harsh for certain crimes. This week, we will be discussing the state's Lifetime Supervision Act and how it impacts individuals convicted of sex crimes in Colorado.

The Lifetime Supervision Act was passed in 1998 and it changed how sex offenders were punished in Colorado. The law was designed to send some offenders to prison and others on probation, but all offenders were required to have therapy that was supposed to help them transition back into society after their sentence.

Are Colorado's sex offender laws too harsh?

Colorado has some of the toughest sex offender laws in the nation but they have started to face more scrutiny after several lawsuits claim that the state's laws violate sex offenders' civil rights. The lawsuits claim that the state's laws violate a person's right to free speech and association by prohibiting minor offenders from contacting family members.

The lawsuits argue that probation officers and other law enforcement agencies are violating convicted sex offenders' rights by restricting their freedom, including restrictions of meeting with family members, what reading materials they can have as well as their thought processes.

Colorado wants drug offenders sent to rehab, not prison

Colorado lawmakers are hoping to revise how drug offences are sentenced under state law in an effort to reduce the rate of recidivism among people convicted of drug crimes as well as help drug users get clean.

The proposed bill only applies towards drug offenses and it would create incentives for drug offenders to get treatment instead of being sent to prison. The bill would create new sentencing requirements for drug crimes and allows judges more discretion when deciding to send a drug user to rehab instead of prison.

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