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What group comprises the primary target in criminal drug probes?

Here’s an answer hint to today’s above-posed blog headline query: It’s not the top-end principals in drug cartels or other highly placed figures of organized crime.

Rather, it’s what a recent in-depth online overview of U.S. drug probes and arrests terms “small fish.” It is a vast pool of minnows that generally gets ensnared in lieu of the truly big swimmers that run drug operations of real magnitude.

Early and promising feedback on federal sentencing reform law

Early reviews are in on recent federal legislation aimed at criminal sentencing reform. Although somewhat limited in scope, they seem promising.

Many readers of our Denver criminal law blogs at Shazam & Associates might likely know a thing or two (or, concededly, command considerable knowledge) about a federal bill entitled the First Step Act. That statutory enactment became law following President Trump’s signature affixed late last year.

Colorado enacts host of new criminal law bills

Colorado media outlets widely underscored the importance of a particular day late last month.

That was May 28. One news source issued a representative comment that the month’s final Tuesday was a truly “significant day for criminal justice reform in Colorado.”

1,708 drivers cited during spring DUI enforcement

It is not uncommon for law enforcement to develop initiatives geared toward a particular traffic violation. Spring 2019 was no different for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

During a five-week spring DUI enforcement period, part of the CDOT’s Whole System Whole Safety initiative, Colorado saw increased DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints from April 5 through May 13. In this time period, law enforcement agencies cited 1,708 impaired drivers.

Another CO DUI campaign, another massive arrest count

Regular readers of our blogs at the Denver criminal defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates know well that drunk driving enforcement crackdowns across the state are hardly a rare occurrence.

In fact, they spell a recurrent pattern for Colorado motorists. State drivers are well accustomed to seeing beefed-up roving police patrols, sobriety checkpoints and additional tools/measures rolled out annually in successive DUI campaigns.

Denver metro venue for fourth major pot raid within the past year

“Because it’s money.”

That was the bottom-line rationale delivered last week by a federal Drug Enforcement Administration official underscoring the reason for a described “huge” search-and-seizure operation conducted across the Denver metro area.

Spotlight on Colorado’s exacting vehicular homicide law

Regular readers of our criminal defense blog posts at Denver-based Shazam Kianpour & Associates note well our recurrent stressing of one fundamental point concerning Colorado law relevant to drunk driving.

That is this: It is harsh and uncompromising. State drivers convicted on DUI charges can expect to be vigorously prosecuted by government lawyers intent on securing maximum penalties.

Denver to “deprioritize” criminal penalties re psilocybin mushrooms

A Denver advocacy group states that the health and healing benefits are so clear and long-established that “one arrest is too many for something with such low and manageable risks.”

The targeted subject matter of that Decriminalize Denver utterance is what is formally called psilocybin. Much of the general public might likely be more familiar with the tag hallucinogenic mushroom.

Not always partisan: What do most CO lawmakers agree on?

Here's a workable definition for the expression "fool's errand:" locking people up in prison or releasing them from incarceration without attendant rehabilitation programs to assist them.

So says Colorado Sen. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs), who has been a long-time advocate for criminal law reforms that make both ethical and fiscal sense.

Do you know what Express Consent means?

Many Colorado drivers don't realize that when they initially accepted their driver's license, they consented to a chemical test during a DUI traffic stop. If the driver attempts to refuse to participate in this test, he or she could face serious penalties.