Mental Health Meets Criminal Defense
I’m a criminal defense attorney, not a mental health professional. Yet, mental health issues and depression intersect with my work in more ways than you might think. Many of my clients struggle with mental health issues, and they are certainly not alone.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that in 2016 16.2 million adults suffered... Read More
Thoughts on Women’s Equality from a Female Law Firm Founder
Sunday, August 26 was the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Adopted in 1920, the Amendment prohibited federal and state governments from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Marking this initial day, we now celebrate Women’s Equality Day.
It’s hard to believe that women still haven’t reached equality... Read More
In my fourth and final back to school post, I want to focus on a segment of university students that has a particular place in my heart: law students. Law school is three years of unrelenting work under a structured and regimented curriculum. Courses are designed to prepare future attorneys to think critically, analyze legal issues, and formulate rational... Read More
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