Criminal Defense Law in Denver and Boulder, Colorado
When charged with a criminal act, it may seem like your life has been turned upside-down. The ramifications of a conviction are far-reaching, and can be life-changing. The most immediate repercussions usually include a hefty fine and possibly jail time. Aside from having a lot of stress, you may be exposed to financial difficulties – and keep paying for it long into the future! In addition to the fine, the opportunity cost of lost wages alone can amount to thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. Afterwards, when the jail time has been served and all fines paid, getting a new job (or getting your old job back) can prove to be extremely difficult. After all, hiring managers might be reluctant to hire a convicted felon. Some jobs, especially those offered by the Federal Government, will be out of reach. Even the military – all the branches – run a full background check (they enlist the help of FBI to check the applicants’ fingerprints) and do not enlist (or re-enlist) persons with a criminal record. You can also forget about any type of security clearance.
Legalization of marijuana has for years been a hotly debated issue. In Colorado, the supporters of the legalization movement have been organizing rallies aptly named “420 Rallies.” The demonstration grew from a mere dozen people 10 years ago to an estimated 80,000 supporters who gathered two days ago at Denver’s Civic Center Park.
While the issue at hand divides the population, nobody expected the violence that followed – shots fired and three wounded (reportedly a demonstrator’s dog has been shot too).
Nicolas Geman is a Denver drug defense lawyer who helps his clients with a broad range of criminal cases. To find out more about medical marijuana, the pertinent laws, and criminal defense in drug-related cases, please visit Mr. Geman’s website: http://gemancriminaldefense.com/
To find out more about the story, please check out the blog article by Eric Pfeiffer of Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/….
Be alert when driving this weekend, check points and increased patrols will be out to catch impaired drivers.
The Colorado State Patrol wants drivers to be aware that they will be running checkpoints on roads throughout Colorado this April and for months to come. The number of patrol officers on the road will also be increased in an attempt to catch intoxicated drivers on Colorado highways.
On April 8, 2013, The Law Office of Nicolas M. Geman was awarded and recognized by the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado in the Pro Bono Legal Service Commitment ceremony. Mr. Geman was honored for his dedication to providing equal justice and access to the law for all. Over the last year, Mr. Geman has devoted countless hours to defending our veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who are otherwise unable to afford legal representation. Justices of the Colorado Supreme Court offered their thanks and congratulations in their new chambers at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center.
From left to right: Justice Brian D. Boatright, Justice Monica M. Márquez, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Chief Justice Michael L. Bender, Nicolas M. Geman, Justice Allison H. Eid, and Justice Nathan B. Coats.
Following a tip, news sources have confirmed the March 28th DUI arrest of Deputy Jose Guadalupe Luna. After his arrest almost two weeks earlier, Deputy Luna remains employed by the Adams County police department. Luna was a patrol officer for 13 years and is now working in the jail division although he is currently under investigation.
A new bill would create a permissible inference that someone was under the influence when their blood contains five nanograms of THC per milliter. The bill has passed the Colorado House vote and now moves to the Senate for approval. Similar legislation to set a DUI blood standard for marijuana has failed in the Senate before.
Former Councilman and retired Army Special Forces major speaks on how DUI arrest was a turning point in his life.
U.S. Army Major Diggs Brown was arrested for DUI in October 2012. On Thursday, he stood before the judge and admitted that the DUI incident got him the help he needed. Brown spoke openly about his struggles with PTSD at the time of his arrest. He has admitted to using alcohol to self-medicate and encourages other veterans struggling with PTSD and alcohol abuse to get help.
Jeremy Rice has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI and careless driving for an accident that took place in July on Diagonal Highway. Rice’s preliminary hearing was held earlier this week in Boulder District Court. The Judge in the case upheld felony charges against Rice who initially claimed he was not the driver in the accident.
Colorado court processes under review after clerical error leads to early release of inmate and deaths of two.
Evan Spencer Ebel was mistakenly released from prison four years early because of an administrative error in a Colorado district court. The judge in Ebel’s case did not specify during sentencing if his prison time should be served consecutively or concurrently. Ebel was released from prison on January 28th and has been tied to the shooting deaths of two in March. Other cases are currently being reviewed for similar mistakes.
Colorado prosecutors announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, the shooter who is accused of killing 12 people in an Aurora, CO movie theater on July 20th. The last time someone was executed in Colorado was in 1997.