When a person faces a criminal charge, it is important that they understand their rights. Convictions for some crimes might result in consequences that exceed that of time spent in jail or a fine. Depending on the crime that a person is convicted of, they might face complications with their employment, have troubles maintaining child custody and if a bill that recently passed the Colorado legislature is signed into law, people convicted of domestic violence charges could lose firearm rights.
The measure has reportedly been passed by the House and Senate in Colorado, but is being referred back to the Senate before the Governor will sign it into law. If the bill is signed, the new law would make it even more important for people to understand their rights.
People who are accused of a crime often face scrutiny before they are able to stand trial, and even if they are not convicted. Because of the public nature in which some charges are brought against a person, it is important that they are able to form a rigorous criminal defense, as well as work to protect their reputation.
When a person stands to lose some of their rights in addition to serving a potentially lengthy sentence, it is important that they are able to receive a fair trial. Speaking with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney might be a wise decision. They can help the person evaluate their situation and work to help the accused person understand their rights throughout their trial.
Source: ABC 7, “Colorado lawmakers pass another new gun law–requiring domestic violence suspects to give up guns,” April 22, 2013