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Malcolm S.

The Impact of Domestic Violence Convictions

Domestic Violence is not itself a criminal charge but is a label attached to any number of offenses committed against someone with whom the individual has had an intimate relationship. The penalties for domestic violence-related convictions can often be severe.
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Malcolm S.

New Statute Permits Sealing of Drug Convictions

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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Malcolm S.

Supreme Court Expands Sixth Amendment — Effective Counsel Must Advise of Immigration Consequences of Plea Bargain

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 the United States.
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Malcolm S.

When Do I Need Legal Representation?

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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Malcolm S.

Governor Ritter Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill

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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