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Colorado House passes bill reducing penalty for drug possession

Colorado is often seen as a pioneer in drug decriminalization efforts, having been the first state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. A bill recently passed by both the Colorado House and Senate addresses the penalization of certain drug charges that could have a significant effect on Colorado residents.

Under this bill, Schedule I and II drug possession crimes would be penalized as level 1 drug misdemeanors. Currently, these offenses are penalized as level 4 drug felonies. In addition, the bill lowers the penalties for those in possession of 12 ounces or more of marijuana. However, the reduction in penalties under this bill does not apply to drug distribution crimes.

We bring experience to the table when it comes to divorce

One issue that is present in most divorces in Colorado is property division, and it can be a contentious one. This is because most people have either a sentimental attachment to many of their marital assets, or the assets may be very valuable and, thus, very sought after. Moreover, in Colorado, there is no guarantee that marital assets will be divided between the spouses equally.

This is because, unlike some other states in the nation, Colorado is an equitable distribution state. This means that a judge will divide the couple's assets based on what is fair, so it is possible that one spouse might walk away with a greater share of marital assets than the other. For this reason, it is important to have someone by your side who is experienced with Colorado divorce law and the property division process.

Couples have options when it comes to the family home and divorce

As the old adage goes, "Home is where the heart is." But, when hearts break and divorce is on the horizon, couples have to make some important decisions on how to handle the home in the property division process. It is important that couples in Colorado facing this situation understand what their options are, so they can make informed choices that are in their best interests.

One option is that neither party receives the family home. Instead, the family home can be sold, and the couple can split the proceeds. This option may be attractive to those who have bad memories regarding the home and want a clean break. However, depending on whether a profit was made on the sale, there may be tax consequences for selling the family home. In addition, each party needs to have good credit and enough income to either rent or take out a mortgage on their own.

When must an ignition interlock device be used in Colorado?

An ignition interlock device is an instrument installed in a vehicle that measures the amount of alcohol in a person's system through a breath test, not unlike the roadside breath tests a police officer might ask you to submit to. If the ignition interlock device indicates that a motorist has even a nominal amount of alcohol in their system, the vehicle will not start. The instrument also requires motorists to periodically submit a breath sample while driving.

If a person in Colorado is convicted of drunk driving per se two or more times, meaning their blood alcohol concentration was 0.08% or above, they may be ordered to use an ignition interlock device for two years, although early reinstatement may be an option in some cases.

When is it legal for Coloradans to grow marijuana?

With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, many residents may want to grow marijuana in their home. However, there are limits on their ability to do so. A violation of homegrown marijuana laws could lead to serious drug charges.

Residents of Colorado age 21 and above can grow up to six marijuana plants, although the number of marijuana plants that can be grown in their total household cannot exceed 12 plants. The marijuana must be grown for their own personal use. Marijuana grown at home cannot be sold to anyone else. If a resident of marijuana wishes to sell marijuana products, they must be licensed to do so. Some counties and municipalities may have stricter requirements when it comes to homegrown marijuana. Marijuana cannot be planted outside. It must be grown in an enclosed, locked area that cannot be accessed by minors.

What types of adoption might Coloradans pursue?

Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family, matching those who wish to be parents in Colorado with a child in need of a home. However, not all adoptions look the same. Today, we are going to look at two types of adoption: open adoption and closed adoption.

In a closed adoption, potential parents generally use the services of an adoption agency to adopt a child. The potential parents are usually not given any information about where the child came from or who the child's biological parents are. The child's biological parents and adoptive parents do not contact each other once the adoption is complete, and the child may not even know who their biological parents are, as the files on the adoption are usually kept sealed.

R-line conductor will not be charged with assault in derailment

People in Colorado may remember an incident that occurred in January in Aurora in which an R-Line train derailed, allegedly because the conductor was rounding a curve too fast during inclement weather. Nine people on the train suffered injuries in the incident. Police, after performing an investigation, recommended that the conductor be charged with nine counts of assault.

However, prosecutors from the 18th Judicial District decided that the conductor will not face any criminal charges in connection with the incident. Per a letter issued by the district attorney's office, there was not enough evidence to prove the conductor was operating the train recklessly at the time of the incident. In addition, under Colorado law conductors of trains are excluded from certain driving offenses and there are no state laws that expressly refer to conductors of light rail trains.

Tips for addressing family law issues in the digital age

Having some sort of online presence is almost ubiquitous these days. Many married couples in Colorado share social media accounts, online bank accounts and pay bills online. Many married couples also stream videos and music online and make online purchases from a shared account. In addition, some couples share electronic devices, like tablets and computers. Computers and the Internet have made many aspects of our lives easier.

However, sometimes couples who share these online accounts and electronic devices find that their marriage has become untenable, and they are best off divorcing. While most people understand that family law issues need to be addressed, it is also important that the two parties separate their shared online accounts and electronic devices. The following are some tips for doing so, but these tips do not constitute legal advice, so those going through a divorce will want to seek professional guidance when it comes to handling shared online accounts and electronic devices.

Should the legal limit for DUI be lowered to 0.05 percent?

In Colorado, if a motorist's blood-alcohol concentration is above 0.08 percent, they are deemed too drunk to drive safely and could receive a DUI. The legal limit is in place to keep people safe on the road. However, some are now saying that even a BAC of 0.05 percent puts others' safety at risk.

One study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends lowering the legal limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. One researcher claims that doing so could save 1,500 lives each year. He stated that signs of impairment can begin when one's BAC is 0.05 percent. Some of these signs of impairment include a reduction in a motorist's ability to follow moving objects and steer, a reduction in a motorist's coordination and a reduction in a motorist's response time.

Co-parenting is not always the best choice following a divorce

In the age of "conscious uncoupling," it may seem like co-parenting is preferable to other types of child custody arrangements. However, while co-parenting may work for some in Colorado, there are instances in which co-parenting is not in the best interests of the child or the parents, for that matter.

For example, if a parent abuses alcohol or drugs, they may not be able to parent effectively, and they may not be able to provide the child with the consistency necessary to successfully co-parent. Parental neglect or abandonment are also situations in which co-parenting is not a good option.

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