Legal Risks of Graduation Parties
My Fort Collins-based criminal defense firm gets a lot of new clients during graduation season. College graduation is undoubtedly a time of celebration. It represents growth and progress, the closing of one stage of life and the opening of another. But it also means parties. Lots of parties.
Any occasion that warrants celebration also warrants safety... Read More
While many Americans believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, this is not accurate. The day actually commemorates an important battle between the French in the Mexican state of Puebla. It’s not even widely celebrated in Mexico, but many Americans use the day to celebrate with drinking and partying. Some civil and cultural centers also put on... Read More
I am a proud Coloradan, born and raised in the Northeast corner of the state. My town, Holyoke, has a population of about 2,000 people, and we are a strong community up there. We help and look after one another.
I took this close-knit community focus with me when I moved to Denver to pursue a legal career. I do... Read More
April is National Stress Awareness Month, and today is reserved as National Stress Awareness Day. (Coincidence that it’s the day after Tax Day?!) Today and the month of April more broadly are intended to draw attention to the level of stress you are experiencing in your life and also to what you can do to manage it.
Right... Read More
You can’t log into Twitter without seeing a post about legal technology (#legaltech), and it seems like there are legal technology conferences happening almost every week. For example, last week, technologists and attorneys got together at Stanford CodeX for the FutureLaw conference. Yesterday, the East Coast contingent gathered at Suffolk Law School’s LIT (Legal Innovation and Technology) Conference.
It’s incredibly... Read More
I mention the show Law & Order a fair amount in my blog posts – not because it’s the most accurate show in terms of what happens during someone’s criminal case. It’s not. But it is an easy reference when explaining some of the underlying concepts in criminal law and procedure, such as trying to address witness credibility. ... Read More
Living as a Registered Sex Offender
Being listed on the Colorado Sex Offender Registry (or any state sex offender registry, for that matter) can have serious and long-lasting impacts on your life. Not everyone on the sex offender registry is a violent predator or even what you probably envision when you think of a “sex offender.”
Did you know that... Read More
Important Protections for Criminal Defendants
The Bill of Rights in our Constitution might seem kind of abstract to you. You know it exists, sure. But how does it really impact day-to-day life? The answer is: a lot!
If you’re a Law & Order fan, a lot of what you see in the course of any given episode actually boils... Read More
Looking Beyond the Conviction: The Long-Term Consequences of a DUI/DWAI
So many of my cases involve ordinary folks who have made simple mistakes. In other words, my clients usually aren’t career criminals. Most of them have successful careers, family they care for, and great plans for the future. It’s amazing, though, how one run-in with the law can derail someone’s entire life. This is especially... Read More
Knowing Colorado Communities
Why Local Criminal Defense is the Only Criminal Defense
Let’s be honest. There are lots of good, hard-working criminal defense lawyers in Colorado. They’re experienced, well-qualified, and they will fight for the best possible outcome in your case. That’s their job. And that’s not to say they don’t necessarily care. Many care deeply. I certainly do. But I... Read More