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Methamphetamine use and arrests rise sharply in Colorado

While addiction rates and deaths involving opioids have received the most attention in recent years, methamphetamine has made a sharp comeback in Colorado and the rest of the U.S. over the past decade.

One study shows a nearly 130% increase in meth use from 2014 to 2019 across the country. Denver police say arrests over meth possession spiked in 2018 at 1,468, a 217% increase since 2014. Police say meth arrests now outnumber those for cocaine and heroin combined.

Fighting a Restraining Order

Civil Restraining Orders—also called Protection Orders—exist to protect victims of abuse. Because of the sensitivity of the issue, Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO) can be established extremely quickly; and the restrained party does not always get the chance to defend themselves.

While restrained parties must abide by the stipulations of a TRO, they can fight against the restraining order becoming permanent.

Denver’s RESTART program targets repeat DUI offenders

Three years after it began, a program aimed at people charged with felony DUI appears to be making progress. Denver County’s RESTART program has allowed dozens of individuals to avoid lengthy jail sentences while helping them deal with alcohol addiction.

RESTART, which stands for Recognizing and Establishing Smart Treatment Alternatives for Recovery and Transition, was put in place in 2017 after the Colorado legislature made fourth and all subsequent DUI arrests felony offenses, which include harsher sentencing guidelines.

DUI detection tool a deterrent, but sometimes also a danger

There has always been more than a modicum of controversy surrounding ignition interlock devices.

As many of our readers in Denver and across Colorado know, those miniature on-board breathalyzers assess the alcohol consumption level of select drivers when they get behind the wheel. An IID detecting alcohol use will disable an engine. Moreover, it will provide evidence of drinking to criminal law authorities.

Spotlighting theft/economic crimes in Colorado

Consider the phrase "moral turpitude."

We reasonably suspect at the proven criminal defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates in Denver that those words don't immediately resonate with many of our Colorado readers. Candidly, they are far from commonly used in everyday conversation.

Some notable data on reported Colorado DUI activity

Extrapolated data on virtually any subject matter can of course be relevant even without regard to markers of comparison.

It is certainly the case, though, that statistical information gathered and released to the public is often far more germane when it is examined outside of a vacuum. That is unquestionably true when figures and numbers are released that predominantly spotlight a specific locale.

The costs of a ticket go beyond the fine.

Getting a speeding ticket can be a frustrating experience. The fine alone can be a financial burden for many people. However, anyone who has received a traffic ticket knows that the fine itself isn’t the only cost that is associated with a traffic violation.

From increased insurance costs to potential license suspensions, the true cost of a ticket can go far beyond a one-time fine.

Domestic violence a heightened concern over the holidays

The year-end holidays are a period of unaltered joy and thankfulness for legions of Colorado couples and families.

Not all, though. On-point statistics annually reveal that the final few days of December and the beginning of the new year also mark a period of heightened domestic abuse across the country. The holidays are not universally about upsides and bliss. They can also promote stressful conditions that spawn family violence.

Should teen “sexting” offense mandate sex offender registration?

Colorado frequently garners media space in news outlets across the country. Stories concerning the state often underscore its matchless beauty and unparalleled status as a ground central locale for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Not every bit of attention that comes the state’s way is positive, though, as referenced by a slew of recent news stories focused upon a single and decidedly narrow criminal law topic.

Should juvenile-vs-adult charges feature a precise age threshold?

A recent Colorado media article stresses one state legislator's desire to materially flip the criminal charging equation for one specific group of individuals.

Namely, that is the demographic comprising young people who are over the age of 18 and criminally sentenced as adult offenders despite still displaying a juvenile mindset.