Assault and battery are terms that readers may have heard on the news or read about in the newspaper. These crimes are often alleged when individuals are threatened or subjected to violence by others.
Sometimes, a person finds themselves facing the threat of imminent injury or death at the hands of another person. When this happens, a person may have no choice but to use physical force to fight back. For this reason, Colorado law recognizes that self-defense can be used in certain circumstances.
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.
Every day thousands of people are kept in Colorado jails because they cannot pay bail or post bond. However, two House bills and one Senate bill recently introduced would change the way bail and bond are handled in Colorado. These bills, if passed, could have a significant effect on criminal defense law in the state.
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.
Most people in Colorado try to be safe drivers, but accidents still occur. Some accidents are minor, causing a bit of property damage, but no long-lasting effects. However, other accidents can lead to serious injuries and substantial damages. When such serious accidents occur, it could result in a driver being accused of a crime.
Being pulled over by the police can be embarrassing, but, more importantly, it can result in significant penalties. A person in Colorado can receive a traffic ticket for various reasons. Certain offenses, such as driving above the posted speed limit in a construction zone, operating a motor vehicle without automobile insurance and careless driving are considered misdemeanors and will be penalized accordingly.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they will have to make the difficult decision of how they want to treat the disease. Some people in Colorado may choose traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation. However, others might want to explore alternative cancer treatments. If that is the case, should those who administer alternative cancer treatments be held criminally liable if their patient dies?
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.
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.