It is one American citizens' most precious rights to be have an attorney represent them, regardless of their status in a community or the nature of the charges that they may be facing. More often than not this precious right comes to bear for those we do not expect, and exactly that scenario is playing out in Denver.
A routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn recently and resulted in arrests for three individuals suspected of the murder of a Colorado man. Officers in Illinois found that a car they had pulled over belonged to a man whose body had later been found, while the car itself contained traces of blood, weapons, and some drugs. The three individuals were arrested at the scene.
Authorities in Baraboo, Wisconsin, are pointing fingers at Colorado after arresting two young men who they say traveled for hours to cross state lines to purchase significant quantities of marijuana and returned to Wisconsin with the intent to sell. According to authorities, one of the young men had been making the long trip on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Colorado has become quite famous in the last several years for its progressive laws regarding marijuana possession and use. Many people may assume that this relatively lax attitude toward marijuana extends to any and all controlled substances, but it this is a dangerously false assumption. When it comes to other, stronger substances like cocaine, Colorado state laws still carry stiff penalties for possession, manufacture and distribution.
Drug possession charges in the Denver area can range from minor to severe, depending upon the type and amount of drug in possession. Unfortunately, many Colorado residents do not tend to worry about the possible consequences of possessing drugs, especially after the change in marijuana laws. However, as any experienced attorney will tell you, it is a mistake to automatically assume you will not get into serious trouble.
We wrote recently about the Colorado State Patrol's arrest figures released to the media. Officials said that about 1 out of 8 DUI arrests made by troopers last year involved marijuana use. About half of the drivers were believed to have used only marijuana, while others were suspected of using marijuana in combination with alcohol or other intoxicants.
One of the tasks of the Colorado State Patrol is to track trends among impaired drivers in the state. Last year’s legalization of marijuana sales in the state provided the Patrol with an opportunity to gather data that will be useful in measuring reasons officers list in post-legalization impaired driving arrests.