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Delinquent juveniles in Colorado have legal protections

When a juvenile in Colorado makes a poor decision that leads to criminal charges, it is generally preferable for them to receive the help they need to reform, rather than face punitive consequences. To this end, the Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act of 2002 was enacted to improve the juvenile justice system in Colorado and reduce the level of juvenile delinquency in the state. There are several main components of the Act.

Under the Act, if a juvenile commits an offense that is not considered a criminal offense for an adult, the juvenile cannot be held in a detention or correctional facility for more than 24 hours, except on weekends and holidays. Moreover, adjudicated status offenders cannot be placed in such facilities for any length of time. Offenses that may fall under this provision of the Act include truancy, runaways or minors who possess alcohol. The state must make an effort to reduce the proportion of juvenile minorities detained in secure facilities.

Communication can be key in helping teens thrive post-divorce

Teenagers these days are often more comfortable sending a text message or video chatting to communicate with others rather than with their parents. However, parents in Colorado should recognize that these communication methods can help parents and teens develop a strong relationship with one another, particularly if the parents are divorced.

According to a recent study that evaluated 400 parents who were divorced and had a child between the ages of 10 and 18, the more contact a parent had with their child, the better their relationship with their child was no matter how well the parent got along with their ex. These findings are different from earlier studies that claimed cooperative co-parenting was key to helping children thrive post-divorce.

Does every divorce need to be litigated in court?

It goes without saying that many couples in Colorado who choose to end their marriage have a certain amount of hard feelings between them. However, it is important that they treat each other respectfully. This can make the divorce process run more smoothly, especially if they are able to negotiate their divorce issues. Many couples may find more satisfaction by settling their divorce without having to go through the stress and cost of a lengthy trial.

For example, some couples choose to mediate their divorce. A mediator is a neutral third-party who facilitates discussions between the spouses as they negotiate divorce issues, such as child custody, property division, spousal support and child support. Spouses who choose mediation can still be represented by an attorney if they wish.

Protect yourself from the harsh consequences of drug charges

Drug offenses are some of the most frequently charged crimes in Colorado. Whether they are possession charges, trafficking charges or manufacturing charges, it goes without saying that a conviction for drug charges could lead to years behind bars. But, your troubles won't end there. Even if you aren't convicted, simply being charged with a drug crime can damage your reputation.

Therefore, if you are arrested on drug charges, it is important to seek legal assistance. Remember, the police and prosecutors will likely try to get you to admit that you committed a crime. Your right to remain silent in such situations is vital.

Victims of domestic abuse in Colorado can seek help

It would be nice to think that couples in a romantic relationship never intentionally hurt one another. However, domestic violence and neglect is a serious issue in Colorado and across the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four women will be subjected to domestic violence in their lifetime. And, domestic violence is not limited to women. The CDC reports that one in seven men will be subjected to domestic violence in their lifetime. Therefore, it is important that people in Colorado and across the U.S. understand what domestic violence looks like, so they can prevent it or seek help if needed.

Domestic violence constitutes more than just hurting someone physically. Financial abuse, emotional abuse and digital abuse can all fall under the umbrella of abusive behavior. In addition, domestic violence can occur between current or past romantic partners, as well as those with other familial relationships, not just married couples.

Heroin can lead to federal drug charges; what about cough syrup?

While most people in Colorado know that it is illegal to possess dangerous street drugs, they may be surprised to find out that, under certain circumstances, it is illegal to possess seemingly innocuous drugs, like cough syrup. Federal law recognizes that some drugs are extremely detrimental to one's health and welfare. Thus, when it comes to drug charges, it is important to understand how federal law classifies various drugs based on the danger they pose.

Under federal law, there are five schedules of controlled substances. Schedule I drugs include marijuana, heroin and LSD and are deemed unsafe, with a high propensity for abuse and no accepted medical purpose. Schedule II drugs include certain narcotics and stimulants, including morphine, hydrocodone and methamphetamine. They are deemed to have a high propensity for abuse and can create a severe dependence, either psychological or physical.

How should you approach property division in a divorce?

When a couple in Colorado decides to end their marriage, they may feel like they are on an emotional roller-coaster. Their lives will be changed forever following the divorce, and, while they may be relieved to leave an unhappy marriage, they do not want to walk away from the process short-changed, particularly when it comes to property division. However, there are some ways that couples can make the division of assets easier, leading to a resolution that is satisfactory to all involved.

Property division can be an emotional process, but, as is the case with many of life's difficulties, it is important not to sweat the small stuff. While some assets will certainly have sentimental value, spouses should determine what they are willing to fight for and what they are willing to let go. It is usually not worthwhile to fight about every single asset, especially if the issue must be litigated; a judge will make decisions based on equity, not on how emotionally attached a spouse is to a piece of property.

Bill regarding DUI and marijuana use pulled by sponsor

Marijuana is starting to lose its stigma as a dangerous drug, especially in states like Colorado that have legalized possession and use of small amounts of the drug. However, it is still possible to become high from marijuana, which could make it unsafe for a user to drive. For this reason, officers in the state may still place a motorist under arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Some legislators in Colorado believe that the laws regarding DUI and marijuana use should be given more teeth. However, one bill that would have done just that, Colorado House Bill 1146, has been pulled by the very state representative who sponsored it. The bill would have permitted police officers in Colorado to place motorists under arrest if they presumed that the motorist was operating their vehicle while high on marijuana. It was ultimately determined that the bill wasn't realistically feasible and could have unintended negative consequences.

Traffic stop in Colorado leads to drug charges against motorist

Sometimes, being pulled over for a traffic infraction can make a person nervous. This may be especially true if the officer asks the motorist if they can search the vehicle. A person may not know whether they should consent to such a search. As one recent example shows, these incidents can lead to serious criminal charges.

A man was placed under arrest recently after police found what they claim to be dozens of pounds of illegal drugs in his vehicle following a traffic stop on Interstate 70. The incident began when the man was pulled over by a State Trooper for allegedly driving over the speed limit. The trooper claimed the man seemed nervous and began rambling. The trooper asked the man if he could perform a vehicle search. The man showed the trooper a bag that was located in the backseat of the vehicle.

What do Colorado courts consider when awarding child support?

Parents are responsible for financially supporting their child, even if they are no longer in a relationship with one another. This means that, following a divorce, the custodial parent provides financial support to the child by having the child in their care, and the noncustodial parent will contribute to the child's financial needs by paying child support.

Like many other states in the nation, Colorado has statutory guidelines that outline how much child support a parent will owe. Parents can agree on an amount of child support out of court, but, if they deviate too much from the statutory guidelines, the court may not approve the agreement. There are certain factors a court will consider in addition to the statutory calculations of child support

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