Taking away a person's driving privileges might not be as severe as sending him to prison, but the legal consequence is still significant. Most people don't drive so they can just cruise and enjoy the road; they need to get someplace or transport someone to a necessary destination.
Earlier this month, we shared a post about an out-of-state case that was being investigated as a homicide. The case is no longer being investigated, and the father at the center of it escaped criminal charges.
Life is unpredictable. The sooner a person can learn that lesson the better. We can't always know or plan how things will go. If so, we would all plan to be 100 percent healthy and never cause an accident. In reality, most of us won't escape this life without becoming sick or making a mistake.
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding drug use, crime and marijuana in particular in this country. The legalization of medical marijuana is a political issue and, therefore, the matter can become all foggy with conflicting points. But a recent study suggests that legal marijuana dispensaries in Colorado and in other states aren't the danger that some anti-marijuana folks might think.
Drunk driving is a serious offense, and Colorado's criminal justice system treats it as such. That reality can be scary when one understands the unreliability of the sobriety tests that the system depends on to charge and convict people of drunk driving in Colorado.
Sometimes, an incident or criminal law matter comes up that is not directly tied to the state of Colorado but is still worth thinking about. Sex assault on a child is a crime that is taken seriously throughout the country and within the state. But it is up to the criminal justice system to take those matters seriously, not supposed child victims' parents, right?
Laws in Colorado must change with the times in order to reflect the changes that occur from year to year. New technologies develop, and new chemicals are thrown together to create a source of a high for people. A new Colorado drug law is now in effect that is a move to combat a new product being used and traded on the market.
Traffic accidents happen all of the time in Colorado. They can lead to injuries, traffic citations and even more serious criminal allegations against drivers. In the case of a recent hit-and-run in Denver, a fatal accident inspired the creation of a new, harsher traffic law.
In the last post, we left off with a teenager who was accused of sexual assault years ago and decided to plead no contest to the charge. It wasn't an admission of guilt to plead that way; rather, it was a way to avoid more time in prison should the defendant be found guilty in trial.
The criminal justice system doesn't always work the way that people think it should. Sometimes, the wrong people are accused of a crime. Sometimes those wrong people are put in jail. But the wrong people can be vindicated with the persistence of advocates for justice who are armed with the truth.