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Previously only cases that were completely dismissed, resulted in an acquittal at trial or cases that were never filed were permitted under the law to be eligible for sealing. The Colorado Legislature has recently passed new laws that permit in some limited circumstances the sealing of records related to drug convictions.

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On March 31, 2010, the United States Supreme Court greatly expanded the Sixth Amendment rights of the criminally accused. In Padilla v. Kentucky, 599 U.S., the Court held that an attorney failed to provide an effective or competent representation of a non-citizen when he failed to advise his client that his guilty plea would likely result in his deportation from ...

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Frequently I receive calls from individuals seeking my services after they’ve tried to handle the initial proceedings representing themselves. Many times these individuals have already entered guilty pleas and as a consequence have forfeited nearly all of their rights to contest the charge.

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Flanked by Rep. Priola, Sen. Steadman, Rep. Waller, Sen. Morse, Rep. Levy, Sen. Newell, and Sen. Hudak in a historic moment for criminal justice reform, Governor Bill Ritter signed ten bills into law at a signing ceremony this afternoon.

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In the Supreme Court’s most recent term, several cases involving criminal law were addressed and the court-issued several decisions that could have a significant impact upon the constitutional rights of criminal defendants under Colorado criminal law.

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Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit substance. The recent decriminalization of marijuana possession and the constitutional amendment to Colorado’s constitution to authorize medical marijuana use have invariably caused an increase in consumption of the drug.

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