Nobody plans on having legal problems, particularly criminal issues. But it happens, and unfortunately, lots of young people will have their first encounter with the law while in college. Particularly common with university students are Driving Under the Influence, Biking Under the Influence (yes, it’s a thing), and Minor in Possession charges. Situations involving assault, domestic violence charges, or... Read More
It’s Back to School month. Parents will be having some serious conversations with their children as these young adults embark on their first year of college or begin another year of studies: “Work hard and watch your grades!” “Be smart.” “Don’t drink and drive (and that includes your bike)!” But in the criminal defense context, navigating the university system can present... Read More
Colorado State University resumes classes later this month, and Fort Collins is beginning to buzz with the return of students. You can always tell when Back to School is underway: Target is crammed; moving trucks dot city streets; and bicycle traffic increases dramatically. I get to watch this frenzy year after year from my criminal defense firm, Nicol Law... Read More
Domestic violence is a complex issue on its own; when it comes into play in my criminal defense cases, it can be an intricate puzzle to solve. Both offender and victim are in an intimate relationship before the arrest, and it is very likely that they will continue to be in one after the case finishes. Treating these cases... Read More
Understanding The Relationship Between Assault And Self-Defense in Colorado
I’ve been handling assault charges in my Colorado criminal defense law practice for many years now. Seems like an easy-to-handle charge; it is not. An assault charge involves two people – by definition – which means these cases are rarely straightforward instances of one person attacking another without provocation. It’s... Read More
I can’t tell you how many times I have answered the Nicol Law Offices phone to hear: “I have court next week, and I need to hire an attorney!” We are all procrastinators in some sense (except maybe my sister, who’s been early to everything her whole life, I swear). But putting off hiring an attorney in a criminal... Read More
Helping Clients with Human Problems Underlying Legal Problems.
Independence Day is a holiday truly dedicated to national celebration. Outdoor BBQs, time with friends and family, fireworks – it’s hard not to have a good time. And these days, as our country seems more divided than ever, coming together to celebrate our country as a whole couldn’t have come at a... Read More
It’s an age-old adage: I made a mistake when I was younger, and now it’s coming back to haunt me. Sealing criminal cases and eligible arrest records now can make all the difference for your future self. Just think ahead—do you really want to explain a 20 year old conviction for shoplifting when you try to get a promotion at... Read More
Celebrating Men’s Health Month: Acknowledging Male Victims of Domestic Violence
June is Men’s Health month, designed to facilitate national dialogue around important and common health issues that men face: heart disease, cancer, stroke, etc. But this month, I want to explore a lesser-discussed (and perhaps lesser-acknowledged) health issue that many men struggle with and one that I see routinely in... Read More
Lots of people get DUIs/DWAIs, and you don’t need to be an experienced criminal defense attorney to know that’s the reality. More than 26,000 people in Colorado are arrested for DUI each year. So when I say “lots,” I mean lots. It happens, and it has happened to a fair share of people that I know and deeply respect.
People... Read More