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When may self-defense be a viable criminal defense option?

Sometimes a person harms another person and is charged with a crime, such as assault. However, Colorado, like all other states in the nation, recognizes that there may be times when a person needs to use force to protect themselves from dangers they face, even if that means doing something that is technically illegal. Therefore, some people facing criminal charges may be able to argue that they only acted in self-defense. This post will provide a general overview of self-defense, but it may be necessary to consult with a legal professional to determine if self-defense is an option in your specific case.

Prenups can protect Colorado couples in the event of a divorce

When a couple is engaged to be married, their heads may be so up in the clouds that they may not think -- or want to think -- about the fact that their marriage might not last. However, divorce is a very real possibility for many couples in Colorado. Therefore, before saying "I do," couples may want to consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract a couple enters into prior to marriage that addresses a number of family law issues in the event of divorce. Prenuptial agreements can touch on several topics, but there are limitations as well.

Will the Colorado legislature pass a 'red flag' bill in 2019?

Mental illness and gun control is a highly controversial topic these days, with many people having different opinions on the subject. While some may feel that laws need to be changed to stop the mentally ill from having access to firearms, how to go about that is an issue that has yet to be resolved.

When can Colorado residents be charged with drug manufacturing?

Recreational marijuana use may be legal in Colorado, but there is still a litany of drugs that are illegal to manufacture, sell and possess in the state. However, it is not unusual for people to possess otherwise legal items that could, potentially, be used to make illicit substances. Does this mean that, if caught, a person who possesses equipment that could potentially be used to make drugs can be charged with drug manufacturing?

How to keep the holidays happy for children post-divorce

December is almost here, which means the winter holidays are upon us. Most parents in Colorado want their child to have a good holiday season, but parents who are divorced may wonder what they can do to ensure that the animosity they may have with their ex-spouse does not tarnish their child's holiday memories. While the navigating the holidays as a divorced parent can be complicated, there are things that can be done now to ensure the holidays run smoothly.

How are inheritances treated during the asset division process?

While it is never easy to lose a loved one, sometimes following a loved one's death a person is fortunate enough to receive a significant inheritance. However, what happens if a person in Colorado receives an inheritance while married, but later divorces? How is the inheritance treated when it comes to asset division in a divorce?

Don't let a DUI mar your early holiday season

Now that it's November, people in Colorado are looking forward to Thanksgiving and all the winter festivities that follow it. It is a popular time of year for parties, and oftentimes alcohol is served at these occasions. However, whether you are watching football with a beer on Thanksgiving Day, or sipping champagne to ring in the New Year, it is important to keep in mind that the police will be on high alert this time of year for those who they believe are drunk driving.

Domestic violence and neglect does not always leave a mark

Not all abusers leave physical marks on their victims. Emotional abuse carries no outward appearance, and even violent acts such as shoving do not always result in a tell-tale bruise or broken bone for all to see. Unfortunately, sometimes an abuser is so charismatic that people are surprised to find out about the acts of domestic violence they have inflicted on the victim. However, it is essential that victims of domestic violence and neglect in Colorado obtain the protective orders and other legal resources they need to leave their abusive relationship.

How does a divorce affect one's retirement accounts?

Whether one is working the daily nine-to-five grind or climbing the corporate ladder, many people in Colorado are anticipating the day they can finally retire. To fund their retirements, they may have a 401(k), a pension, and/or individual retirement accounts (IRAs). If a worker is married, it is likely that they and their spouse are assuming they will retire together and thus share their retirement savings. However, what happens to these retirement accounts if a couple divorces?

It's important to take traffic tickets seriously in Colorado

It is not unusual for someone to be driving down the streets and highways of Castle Rock, and see a motorist pulled over to the side of the road by police. Whether it is for speeding, failing to yield or some other traffic offense, many people in Colorado have gotten a traffic ticket at least once in their life.

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