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Case Suppression: Should You Be Worried?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       16-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Case Suppression: Should You Be Worried? Colorado law gives judges the authority to hide information about court cases from the public, information ranging from the least important details to the very fact of the cases’ existence. Judges use this power either by a procedure called sealing, which has strict limits set out in state codes, or by orders of suppression, which they may resort to more freely. Part or all of a case may be suppressed before, during, or after trial for any of numerous reasons: maybe the case has something to do with an ongoing separate investigation, maybe the victim... Read more...

Case Suppression: Should You Be Worried?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       16-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Case Suppression: Should You Be Worried? Colorado law gives judges the authority to hide information about court cases from the public, information ranging from the least important details to the very fact of the cases’ existence. Judges use this power either by a procedure called sealing, which ... Read more...

Case Suppression: Should You Be Worried?

16-Aug-2018

Colorado law gives judges the authority to hide information about court cases from the public, information ranging from the least important details to the v... Read more...

Think Twice Before You Send Weed Through The Mail

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Think Twice Before You Send Weed Through The Mail With the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012, a new era of marijuana tolerance swept the state.As of January 1st, 2014, dispensaries which had gained the proper licensing from the state opened and began marijuana sales to the public.The result has been a steadily-increasing industry, with weed sales, including edibles, medicinal marijuana, and ancillary marijuana products, topping over $1.51 billion in 2017.While some other states are following Colorado’s lead on marijuana, few allow the sale of recreational weed.Colorado is therefore one o... Read more...

Think Twice Before You Send Weed Through The Mail

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Think Twice Before You Send Weed Through The Mail With the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012, a new era of marijuana tolerance swept the state.As of January 1st, 2014, dispensaries which had gained the proper licensing from the state opened and began marijuana sales to the public.The result ha... Read more...

Think Twice Before You Send Weed Through The Mail

09-Aug-2018

With the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012, a new era of marijuana tolerance swept the state.As of January 1st, 2014, dispensaries which had gai... Read more...

When Bail Becomes Jail

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Jun-2018       (0) Comments

When Bail Becomes Jail Paul Manafort is President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is currently the defendant in two upcoming trials on money laundering and bank fraud. On Friday, a judge ordered he spend the rest of his pretrial period in jail. The accusation which led to this pretrial charge is witness tampering. The Judge determined (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/manafort-heads-to-jail-after-judge-criticizes-witness-tampering/ar-AAyGpjM?ocid=spartanntp) that since there is no way to control Manafort’s communications, and there is enough probable cause... Read more...

When Bail Becomes Jail

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Jun-2018       (0) Comments

When Bail Becomes Jail Paul Manafort is President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is currently the defendant in two upcoming trials on money laundering and bank fraud. On Friday, a judge ordered he spend the rest of his pretrial period in jail. The accusation which led... Read more...

When Bail Becomes Jail

21-Jun-2018

Paul Manafort is President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is currently the defendant in two upcoming trials on money laundering and bank fraud. O... Read more...

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges

Posted by: Russell Hebets       15-Jun-2018       (0) Comments

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges On any given day in a criminal defense firm, any variety of innumerable hapless victims of the criminal justice system walk could through the door. My use of the word “victim” to describe criminal defendants will likely send prosecutors everywhere through the proverbial roof.In criminal justice parlance, “Victim” is generally capitalized and has its own identity. It denotes a class of individuals who have been grievously injured. These injuries could be physical, psychological, or property based, but in ... Read more...

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges

Posted by: Russell Hebets       15-Jun-2018       (0) Comments

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges On any given day in a criminal defense firm, any variety of innumerable hapless victims of the criminal justice system walk could through the door. My use of the word “victim” to describe criminal defendants w... Read more...

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges

15-Jun-2018

Life and Death Consequences of Felony Charges On any given day in a criminal defense firm, any variety of innumerable hapless victims of the criminal justi... Read more...

Is it Legal to Bet on Sports?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       24-May-2018       (0) Comments

Is it Legal to Bet on Sports? The Supreme Court recently overturned a long standing sport betting act called PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) which was originally enacted in 1992 by President Bush. This act essentially banned betting on sports at the federal level. However the repeal of this act does not necessarily legalize sports betting across the country. What it does do is return the regulation of sports betting (https://www.casino.org/news/did-the-supreme-court-legalize-us-sports-betting-not-so-much ) back to the states, creating a host of is... Read more...

Is it Legal to Bet on Sports?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       24-May-2018       (0) Comments

Is it Legal to Bet on Sports? The Supreme Court recently overturned a long standing sport betting act called PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) which was originally enacted in 1992 by President Bush. This act essentially banned betting on sports at the federal ... Read more...

Is it Legal to Bet on Sports?

24-May-2018

The Supreme Court recently overturned a long standing sport betting act called PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) which was origina... Read more...

The Golden State Killer and the DNA that Located Him

Posted by: Colin McCallin       10-May-2018       (0) Comments

The Golden State Killer and the DNA that Located Him The East Area Rapist terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s. He was responsible for over 50 rapes, a dozen murders, and more than 100 burglaries. He came to be known as the Original Night Stalker, the Visalia Ransacker, and the Golden State Killer. Interest in this unresolved mystery was recently revived with the publication of the book I’ll be Gone in the Dark, by true crime writer Michelle McNamara (https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Gone-Dark-Obsessive/dp/0062319787), who died before its release. But the truth is, true crime aficionados and even in... Read more...

The Golden State Killer and the DNA that Located Him

Posted by: Colin McCallin       10-May-2018       (0) Comments

The Golden State Killer and the DNA that Located Him The East Area Rapist terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s. He was responsible for over 50 rapes, a dozen murders, and more than 100 burglaries. He came to be known as the Original Night Stalker, the Visalia Ransacker, and the Golden State Killer. Int... Read more...

The Golden State Killer and the DNA that Located Him

10-May-2018

The East Area Rapist terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s. He was responsible for over 50 rapes, a dozen murders, and more than 100 burglaries. He cam... Read more...

How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving? Pay them.

Posted by: Russell Hebets       26-Apr-2018       (0) Comments

How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving? Pay them. Distracted driving is a highly dangerous activity that rivals the risk taken when drinking and driving, which we have discussed before here: http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/texting-and-driving-worse-than-dui (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/texting-and-driving-worse-than-dui). One of the main distractions is texting, most often by teenagers. But despite the risks, motivating teens to stop texting has proven difficult. However, a new study indicates we could change teen habits more effective... Read more...

How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving? Pay them.

Posted by: Russell Hebets       26-Apr-2018       (0) Comments

How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving? Pay them. Distracted driving is a highly dangerous activity that rivals the risk taken when drinking and driving, which we have discussed before here: http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/texting-and-driving-worse-than-dui (http://www.heb... Read more...

How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving? Pay them.

26-Apr-2018

Distracted driving is a highly dangerous activity that rivals the risk taken when drinking and driving, which we have discussed before here: http://www... Read more...

Free Range Parenting Legal in Utah

Posted by: Colin McCallin       05-Apr-2018       (0) Comments

Free Range Parenting Legal in Utah Freedom versus safety is a common and important debate that informs how we design laws and regulations, but when it comes to kids, the questions become more sensitive. What are reasonable boundaries to set and at what ages? Utah has passed a law eliminating a set age limit for kids to participate in certain activities. Rather than claim there are arbitrary ages where a child may be left alone at home, or be allowed to walk to school, or take public transportation, the law states that a child exhibiting competence in their activity who is clearly ... Read more...

Free Range Parenting Legal in Utah

Posted by: Colin McCallin       05-Apr-2018       (0) Comments

Free Range Parenting Legal in Utah Freedom versus safety is a common and important debate that informs how we design laws and regulations, but when it comes to kids, the questions become more sensitive. What are reasonable boundaries to set and at what ages? Utah has passed a law elimin... Read more...

Free Range Parenting Legal in Utah

05-Apr-2018

Freedom versus safety is a common and important debate that informs how we design laws and regulations, but when it comes to kids, the questions become more... Read more...

Background Checks Are a Key to Your Future

Posted by: Russell Hebets       07-Mar-2018       (0) Comments

Background Checks Are a Key to Your Future Background checks are something we don’t think about every day but they are an important part of a number of activities we participate in. Whether it’s job-hunting, travel, or applying for certain privileges, your criminal history follows you and a background check is a great way to know exactly what that history is so you are never surprised. Who Checks? Most of us know that if you apply for a job, there is a good chance you will have your criminal history examined. In addition, many times when applying for any gun privileges, like a purch... Read more...

Background Checks Are a Key to Your Future

Posted by: Russell Hebets       07-Mar-2018       (0) Comments

Background Checks Are a Key to Your Future Background checks are something we don’t think about every day but they are an important part of a number of activities we participate in. Whether it’s job-hunting, travel, or applying for certain privileges, your criminal history follows you and a ba... Read more...

Background Checks Are a Key to Your Future

07-Mar-2018

Background checks are something we don’t think about every day but they are an important part of a number of activities we participate in. Whether it’s... Read more...

Cruel Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-Feb-2018       (0) Comments

Cruel Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death Swatting is the act of calling in a false report of a very serious crime to police in order to prompt them to send a SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) to someone’s home. This so-called prank has led to terrible legal consequences for some and worse, it led to the death of an innocent man at his home in Kansas (https://www.snopes.com/2017/12/29/swatting-gaming-prank-led-police-shooting-unarmed-kansas-man/ ) this past December. This cruel prank (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting ) has wasted police resources and created havoc for t... Read more...

Cruel Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-Feb-2018       (0) Comments

Cruel Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death Swatting is the act of calling in a false report of a very serious crime to police in order to prompt them to send a SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) to someone’s home. This so-called prank has led to terrible legal consequences for some and wo... Read more...

Cruel Prank Leads to Stranger’s Death

16-Feb-2018

Swatting is the act of calling in a false report of a very serious crime to police in order to prompt them to send a SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tac... Read more...

Can Denver’s Ban on Bump Stocks Affect Mass Shooting Casualties?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       31-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

Can Denver’s Ban on Bump Stocks Affect Mass Shooting Casualties? On Monday, January 22, 2018, Denver (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/28/tanner-gun-show-attendance-sales-down-denver-bump-stock-ban/) became one of just a few cities in the country so far to ban bump stocks. Across the country, city and state legislators are looking to bump stock bans as gun control legislation that both parties can agree on. However, classification issues make a federal action more complicated. ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms) does not classify the accessory as a machine gun. It is regarded as a part, and remains unregulated as a... Read more...

Can Denver’s Ban on Bump Stocks Affect Mass Shooting Casualties?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       31-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

Can Denver’s Ban on Bump Stocks Affect Mass Shooting Casualties? On Monday, January 22, 2018, Denver (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/28/tanner-gun-show-attendance-sales-down-denver-bump-stock-ban/) became one of just a few cities in the country so far to ban bump stocks. Across the country, city and state legislator... Read more...

Can Denver’s Ban on Bump Stocks Affect Mass Shooting Casualties?

31-Jan-2018

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Denver (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/28/tanner-gun-show-attendance-sales-down-denver-bump-stock-ban/) became one of just ... Read more...

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families

Posted by: Russell Hebets       19-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families When the Trump administration announced its crackdown on immigration the motivation behind it was twofold, to reduce the number of immigrants who commit crimes and reduce the financial burden of the US in supporting immigrants not here legally. However, the crackdown is not so discriminate. This week a 39 year-old tax-paying citizen, with no criminal record, was deported back to Mexico, where he has not lived since the age of 9. He is being separated from his wife and 2 children, legal citizens, and asked to return to a country he has no re... Read more...

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families

Posted by: Russell Hebets       19-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families When the Trump administration announced its crackdown on immigration the motivation behind it was twofold, to reduce the number of immigrants who commit crimes and reduce the financial burden of the US in supporting immigrants not here legally. H... Read more...

Immigration Crackdown Destroying Families

19-Jan-2018

When the Trump administration announced its crackdown on immigration the motivation behind it was twofold, to reduce the number of immigrants who commi... Read more...

New Year, New Pot Rules

Posted by: Colin McCallin       04-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

New Year, New Pot Rules As marijuana legalization makes its way across the country, the new year heralds new legislation in several more states. The big news comes from California (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pot-legalized-in-california-on-new-years-day-w514848); the first state to go medical back in 1996 now also has legal recreational marijuana, making it the eighth state with fully legal weed in addition to Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Washington DC, Nevada, Alaska, and Massachusetts. California’s debut in the recreational market is not with... Read more...

New Year, New Pot Rules

Posted by: Colin McCallin       04-Jan-2018       (0) Comments

New Year, New Pot Rules As marijuana legalization makes its way across the country, the new year heralds new legislation in several more states. The big news comes from California (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pot-legalized-in-california-on-new-years-day-w5... Read more...

New Year, New Pot Rules

04-Jan-2018

As marijuana legalization makes its way across the country, the new year heralds new legislation in several more states. The big news comes from C... Read more...

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii

Posted by: Russell Hebets       14-Dec-2017       (0) Comments

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for quite some time, and as with most medical states, this means screening individuals to allow them to obtain a prescription and also registering them as medical marijuana patients. But Hawaii’s medical registry is different in that it not only confirms the medical access for the patient, but the list is accessible for other purposes. Hawaii is also unique among states in that it has a state-wide gun registry. Starting to see the potential problem here? Recently, medical patients in Hawaii have been rec... Read more...

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii

Posted by: Russell Hebets       14-Dec-2017       (0) Comments

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for quite some time, and as with most medical states, this means screening individuals to allow them to obtain a prescription and also registering them as medical marijuana patients. But Hawaii’s medical registry ... Read more...

Cops, Guns, and Marijuana in Hawaii

14-Dec-2017

Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for quite some time, and as with most medical states, this means screening individuals to allow them to obtain a ... Read more...

Can Suing the US Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       29-Nov-2017       (0) Comments

Can Suing the US Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal? Alexis Bortell (https://www.rt.com/usa/409529-girl-sues-sessions-medical-marijuana/) is a 12 year old girl who suffers from epilepsy. Most of her life she experienced frequent seizures and the treatments she used did not alleviate her symptoms. Then the family doctor in Texas suggested they try cannabis. Just a small morning and evening dose of THC oil has allowed Alexis to live seizure free for the last two and a half years. So what’s the problem? Alexis’ family had to relocate from Texas to Colorado in order to legally obtain cannabis oil and admin... Read more...

Can Suing the US Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       29-Nov-2017       (0) Comments

Can Suing the US Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal? Alexis Bortell (https://www.rt.com/usa/409529-girl-sues-sessions-medical-marijuana/) is a 12 year old girl who suffers from epilepsy. Most of her life she experienced frequent seizures and the treatments she used did not alleviate her symptoms. Then the fa... Read more...

Can Suing the US Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal?

29-Nov-2017

Alexis Bortell (https://www.rt.com/usa/409529-girl-sues-sessions-medical-marijuana/) is a 12 year old girl who suffers from epilepsy. Most of her life she e... Read more...


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