The holidays have begun! While this time of year is usually associated with shopping malls and the aroma of fresh-baked goods, it can also be a tricky season riddled with feelings of anxiety, depression, and additional forms of stress. In fact, the holidays can be a time of year when legal help is needed most, with high rates of self-medicating... Read More
Forget The Cyber Deals, Let’s Refocus On How a Colorado Law Practice Can Give Thanks
Recognizing Community & Clients
Thanksgiving is – as advertised – a time when we give thanks to those around us. Unfortunately, it seems that lately this sentiment has gotten away from us. What was once the last frontier of non-commercialized holidays has officially fallen victim to... Read More
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the most complex abuse of them all? Glad you asked, because it’s a topic I have become very familiar with during my work at Project SafeGuard: digital abuse.
No, this has nothing to do with beating your computer with a hammer. Digital abuse is one of today’s most prevalent forms of abuse; while... Read More
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and while most of us associate this type of harassment with school-age children, bullies aren’t limited to the schoolyard. You can find this behavior, defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior…that involves a real or perceived power imbalance,” in classrooms, courtrooms, intimate relationships, and even online.
In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, let’s break down... Read More
Last week, I wrote an article explaining some of the differences between a civil case and a criminal case. If the distinction seems cut and dry now, let me go ahead and throw a wrench in that. There are situations in which you might be involved in a civil case and a criminal case at the same time. Think back... Read More
Even from the perspective of a longtime Colorado attorney, little is simple about the legal system. It’s completely understandable, then, when prospective clients are confused about whether they have a civil case or a criminal case. Issues like jurisdiction, venue, rules of procedure, and trial processes differ between civil and criminal cases; they even differ within certain case types.... Read More
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
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