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When someone has been charged with a crime, they have a right to be informed of the nature of the charges against them.  In serious cases, They also have a right to an attorney and at every critical stage of their court case. But how do you know what you’ve been charged with and if...
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So you’re charged with a crime and you’re not sure why. Or you’ve been arrested and you’re trying to figure out what the prosecution has on you. Do you have to wait for trial to find out? Nope. that’s what criminal discovery is for.  This is about Colorado state cases. Discovery is different everywhere.  But,...
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Both sides can call witnesses at hearings or trials. But witnesses aren’t allowed to say whatever they want, and some questions are not permitted by rule or law. Attorneys try to make the other side follow the rules by objecting to questions or answers. Then, it is up to the judge to decide what she...
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The rights that you give up when pleading guilty in Colorado are usually written out in a plea form called a Rule 11. The paperwork lists these rights as well as details about the charge or charges to which you are pleading guilty, like the elements of the charge and the maximum penalties that can...
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If you are arrested for DUI in Colorado, you may want to consider the opportunity to take a Level II alcohol education class. This class is designed to help you understand the dangers of drinking and driving, and to learn about the consequences of a DUI conviction. What does a Level II class teach? The...
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“Victim impact testimony packs a punch at a criminal trial.” – People v. Martinez, 17CA1583 (COA Oct. 8, 2020) Division VII. Opinion by Judge Lipinski, Navarro and Tow, JJ., concur. For the government: Philip J. Weiser, Attorney General, Jacob R. Lofgren, Assistant Attorney General, Denver, Colorado For the Defendant: Megan A. Ring, Colorado State Public Defender,...
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The Colorado Supreme Court has found in favor of the government, holding that Miranda warnings are not necessary in a case where late-night statements were made during the execution of a search warrant in the defendant’s home. People v. Clark, 2020 CO 36 (No. 20SA11, May 11, 2020). Case Facts Police executed a search warrant...
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Speedy trial during COVID-19 by SheelyLaw
As governments attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, trials in the US have been postponed or canceled. But can they do that? Don’t you have a right to a speedy trial? Well, yes. But that phrase might not mean what you think it means. What is a speedy trial and where does that right...
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Hearsay at trial - Rule 803(2)
An excited utterance may be hearsay, but it’s admissible in court if the proper foundation has been laid. Rule 803 – Exceptions to the Rule Against Hearsay The following are not excluded by the rule against hearsay, regardless of whether the declarant is available as a witness:(2) Excited Utterance. A statement relating to a startling...
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