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Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer? Do I Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer? As with anything in life, sometimes there are times where we have to determine whether or not to handle a problem or situation on our own, or if we need to bring in the experience of a professional. In some situations it may make sense to try to handle it on your own, other times it makes far more sense to hire an attorney. Let’s discuss when do you need a lawyer (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/don-t-go-pro-pro-se-that-is-why-you-should-hire-an-attorney?A=SearchResult&SearchID=4679... Read more...

Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer? Do I Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer? As with anything in life, sometimes there are times where we have to determine whether or not to handle a problem or situation on our own, or if we need to bring in the experience of a professional. In some situations i... Read more...

Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer?

22-Jun-2017

Do I Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer? As with anything in life, sometimes there are times where we have to determine whether or not to handle a problem or si... Read more...

Can you Go to Prison for Texting?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Can you Go to Prison for Texting? Michelle Carter is a young woman in Boston who is on trial for manslaughter (). While that is tragically unfortunate, the facts of this case are also highly unusual. Michelle’s boyfriend Conrad Roy III, the victim in this case, committed suicide. So why is she on trial? Michelle is accused of encouraging the act through a series of text messages that told Conrad to follow through on his plan and find peace by dying. Michelle was 17 and Conrad was 18 at the time of his death. Conrad died in his truck poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes, while texting an... Read more...

Can you Go to Prison for Texting?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Can you Go to Prison for Texting? Michelle Carter is a young woman in Boston who is on trial for manslaughter (). While that is tragically unfortunate, the facts of this case are also highly unusual. Michelle’s boyfriend Conrad Roy III, the victim in this case, committed suicide. So why is... Read more...

Can you Go to Prison for Texting?

16-Jun-2017

Michelle Carter is a young woman in Boston who is on trial for manslaughter (). While that is tragically unfortunate, the facts of this case are also highly... Read more...

Bill Cosby Trial Begins

Posted by: Colin McCallin       09-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Bill Cosby Trial Begins This week the long awaited trial (http://deadline.com/2017/06/bill-cosby-rape-trial-day-1-arguments-andrea-constand-1202107443/) against Bill Cosby began in Pennsylvania where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman some years ago. Jury selection was a lengthy process and many questioned whether Cosby could receive a fair trial due to his high profile and the visibility of this case. However, the members of the jury were selected from another county, about 300 miles away; they will be sequestered; and they include 7 men, 5 women... Read more...

Bill Cosby Trial Begins

Posted by: Colin McCallin       09-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Bill Cosby Trial Begins This week the long awaited trial (http://deadline.com/2017/06/bill-cosby-rape-trial-day-1-arguments-andrea-constand-1202107443/) against Bill Cosby began in Pennsylvania where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman some years ago. Ju... Read more...

Bill Cosby Trial Begins

09-Jun-2017

This week the long awaited trial (http://deadline.com/2017/06/bill-cosby-rape-trial-day-1-arguments-andrea-constand-1202107443/) against Bill Cosby began in... Read more...

Tiger Woods and the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by: Russell Hebets       01-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Tiger Woods and the Opioid Epidemic This past Memorial Day, Tiger woods was arrested. No, this brush with the law had nothing to do with an angry wife chasing him with golf clubs. This arrest stemmed from allegations of drugged driving (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/dui-drunk-driving-defense-lawyer/duid-defense-lawyer). Tiger was found asleep (or passed out, depending on who you ask) in his car early Monday morning. His car had 2 flat tires, with damage to both the front and rear bumper. When law enforcement officers in Jupiter, Florida, woke him, he i... Read more...

Tiger Woods and the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by: Russell Hebets       01-Jun-2017       (0) Comments

Tiger Woods and the Opioid Epidemic This past Memorial Day, Tiger woods was arrested. No, this brush with the law had nothing to do with an angry wife chasing him with golf clubs. This arrest stemmed from allegations of drugged driving (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practi... Read more...

Tiger Woods and the Opioid Epidemic

01-Jun-2017

This past Memorial Day, Tiger woods was arrested. No, this brush with the law had nothing to do with an angry wife chasing him with golf clubs. This a... Read more...

Smash and Grab Thefts on the Rise

Posted by: Russell Hebets       26-May-2017       (0) Comments

Smash and Grab Thefts on the Rise A smash and grab is a theft that occurs when the perpetrators drive a car into a building, quickly grab all the merchandise or money that they can and then flee. Even though the act is dramatic, attention getting, and often triggers alarms by breaking through security, they work because they happen so quickly. Just this week a Littleton gun store was hit for the third time this year. The smash and grab approach tends to focus on convenience stores, liquor stores and gun shops. These are places where products are typically not locked up but r... Read more...

Smash and Grab Thefts on the Rise

Posted by: Russell Hebets       26-May-2017       (0) Comments

Smash and Grab Thefts on the Rise A smash and grab is a theft that occurs when the perpetrators drive a car into a building, quickly grab all the merchandise or money that they can and then flee. Even though the act is dramatic, attention getting, and often triggers alarms by breaking... Read more...

Smash and Grab Thefts on the Rise

26-May-2017

A smash and grab is a theft that occurs when the perpetrators drive a car into a building, quickly grab all the merchandise or money that they can and ... Read more...

What to Do When the Police Serve You a Search Warrant

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-May-2017       (0) Comments

What to Do When the Police Serve You a Search Warrant What Do You Do When Police Serve You a Search Warrant? Officers are only allowed to enter your house without your consent if they have a search warrant. The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable or unnecessary police searches and seizures. A search warrant allows police officers the right to enter your home and gather incriminating evidence against you. The following information will clarify what a search warrant is, and how you should react if served with one.Defining Search Warrants A search warrant is issued to police officers to gi... Read more...

What to Do When the Police Serve You a Search Warrant

Posted by: Russell Hebets       16-May-2017       (0) Comments

What to Do When the Police Serve You a Search Warrant What Do You Do When Police Serve You a Search Warrant? Officers are only allowed to enter your house without your consent if they have a search warrant. The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable or unnecessary police searches and seizures. A sea... Read more...

What to Do When the Police Serve You a Search Warrant

16-May-2017

What Do You Do When Police Serve You a Search Warrant? Officers are only allowed to enter your house without your consent if they have a search warrant. Th... Read more...

A Supreme Court Win for Innocent People

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-May-2017       (0) Comments

A Supreme Court Win for Innocent People In a 7-1 opinion in March of this year, the court ruled that the current scheme in Colorado for exonerated defendants is unconstitutional and that it specifically violated 14th Amendment due process. Nelson v. Colorado () challenged a Colorado law which stated that if a convicted person was exonerated on appeal (or some other type of post-conviction relief) they still had to prove their innocence in a civil proceeding in order to collect compensation for their expenses. In most states, exoneration leads to a refund of any payments a convict... Read more...

A Supreme Court Win for Innocent People

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-May-2017       (0) Comments

A Supreme Court Win for Innocent People In a 7-1 opinion in March of this year, the court ruled that the current scheme in Colorado for exonerated defendants is unconstitutional and that it specifically violated 14th Amendment due process. Nelson v. Colorado () challenged a Colorado la... Read more...

A Supreme Court Win for Innocent People

09-May-2017

In a 7-1 opinion in March of this year, the court ruled that the current scheme in Colorado for exonerated defendants is unconstitutional and that it ... Read more...

How can the fourth amendment protect you in a criminal defense allegation?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       01-May-2017       (0) Comments

How can the fourth amendment protect you in a criminal defense allegation? The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was part of the original Bill of Rights. The amendment is designed to protect persons, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. But the Fourth Amendment did not clarify exactly what qualifies as an unreasonable search and seizure. So it has been the courts who have determined what our Fourth Amendment rights actually are. The Rights Protected The Fourth Amendment protects us from the government seizing our persons, houses, papers, or effects. However, the amendme... Read more...

How can the fourth amendment protect you in a criminal defense allegation?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       01-May-2017       (0) Comments

How can the fourth amendment protect you in a criminal defense allegation? The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was part of the original Bill of Rights. The amendment is designed to protect persons, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. But the Fourth Amendment did not clarify exactly what ... Read more...

How can the fourth amendment protect you in a criminal defense allegation?

01-May-2017

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was part of the original Bill of Rights. The amendment is designed to protect persons, houses, papers, and eff... Read more...

10 Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors

Posted by: Russell Hebets       17-Apr-2017       (0) Comments

10 Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors Crimes are typically divided into two categories, misdemeanors and felonies. Though what defines these titles can vary from state to state, it is important to recognize the differences between the two. Here are 10 categories where discrepancies between misdemeanors and felonies exists. 1.The Severity of the Crimes Misdemeanors are thought to be less severe in nature than felonies. Criminal offenses comprising misdemeanors can include, but are not limited to: ●Minor thefts. ●Common traffic offenses. ●Minor drug possession. ... Read more...

10 Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors

Posted by: Russell Hebets       17-Apr-2017       (0) Comments

10 Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors Crimes are typically divided into two categories, misdemeanors and felonies. Though what defines these titles can vary from state to state, it is important to recognize the differences between the two. Here are 10 categories where discrepancies betwee... Read more...

10 Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors

17-Apr-2017

Crimes are typically divided into two categories, misdemeanors and felonies. Though what defines these titles can vary from state to state, it is impor... Read more...

To Search or Not To Search

Posted by: Russell Hebets       20-Mar-2017       (0) Comments

To Search or Not To Search Recently, there has been an increase in travel security (https://www.propublica.org/article/can-customs-border-protection-search-phone-legal-rights) at the borders. Not only have restrictions to travel been enacted but there have also been more searches, including searches of people’s phones. Unknown to most, Border Patrol and Customs agents have long had extensive powers to search when they have reasonable suspicions and often when they do not. But sometimes offering the okay to search is problematic, as with a NASA scientist whose phone contai... Read more...

To Search or Not To Search

Posted by: Russell Hebets       20-Mar-2017       (0) Comments

To Search or Not To Search Recently, there has been an increase in travel security (https://www.propublica.org/article/can-customs-border-protection-search-phone-legal-rights) at the borders. Not only have restrictions to travel been enacted but there have also been more search... Read more...

To Search or Not To Search

20-Mar-2017

Recently, there has been an increase in travel security (https://www.propublica.org/article/can-customs-border-protection-search-phone-legal-rights) at... Read more...

5 Signs You May Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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

5 Signs You May Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer The moment you are faced with criminal charges is the moment you should consult a criminal defense lawyer. The prosecution will work against you and they have many years of experience and resources to do this quite successfully if you do not protect yourself. When you are charged with a criminal offense, the first thing you should contemplate is whether or not you need an attorney. There are several indicators that in fact you do need a criminal defense lawyer Bloomington IL (http://piolettilaw.com/practice-areas/criminal-law/) relies on. Here are fi... Read more...

5 Signs You May Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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

5 Signs You May Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer The moment you are faced with criminal charges is the moment you should consult a criminal defense lawyer. The prosecution will work against you and they have many years of experience and resources to do this quite successfully if you do not protect yourse... Read more...

5 Signs You May Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

14-Mar-2017

The moment you are faced with criminal charges is the moment you should consult a criminal defense lawyer. The prosecution will work against you and they ha... Read more...

​Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

​Consequences of Driving Under the Influence All states have taken a strong stance against drunk driving in the past two decades. The enhanced penalties mean that a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can create both short and long-term problems. Even a first conviction for DUI can result in automatic jail time and a license suspension, as well as significant fines and expenses related to court ordered drivers education. In addition, the conviction record stays on the defendant's criminal history for up to 10 years in many states, and any subsequent arrests and convictions wil... Read more...

​Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

​Consequences of Driving Under the Influence All states have taken a strong stance against drunk driving in the past two decades. The enhanced penalties mean that a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can create both short and long-term problems. Even a first conviction for DUI can ... Read more...

​Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

21-Feb-2017

All states have taken a strong stance against drunk driving in the past two decades. The enhanced penalties mean that a conviction for driving under the inf... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Three: Supporting Sanctuary

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Three: Supporting Sanctuary While the arguments to keep cities safe and to reduce expenses sound compelling, they are not backed by numbers. In fact, there is substantial evidence that sanctuary cities are not in more danger than other cities and that helping undocumented people is not a huge cost but in fact benefits the city. Immigrants and Crime One of the main concerns related to immigration is crime. However, crime statistics and surveys from multiple sources indicate that there is no increase in crime with an increase of immigration. FBI data shows that sanctuary... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Three: Supporting Sanctuary

Posted by: Russell Hebets       21-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Three: Supporting Sanctuary While the arguments to keep cities safe and to reduce expenses sound compelling, they are not backed by numbers. In fact, there is substantial evidence that sanctuary cities are not in more danger than other cities and that helping undocumented people... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Three: Supporting Sanctuary

21-Feb-2017

While the arguments to keep cities safe and to reduce expenses sound compelling, they are not backed by numbers. In fact, there is substantial evidence... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Two: Against Sanctuary

Posted by: Colin McCallin       16-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Two: Against Sanctuary In 2015, a woman named Kathryn Steinle (http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/what-are-the-sanctuary-cities-that-trump-opposes/)was murdered by a stray bullet in San Francisco. Her killer was an undocumented immigrant male. Steinle’s tragic death is one that opponents of sanctuary cities often cite when explaining why they are against them. In her case, the murderer had actually been deported several times for other crimes, but slipped back in. Prior to the tragic incident, he was asked to be held for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, however, in... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Two: Against Sanctuary

Posted by: Colin McCallin       16-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Two: Against Sanctuary In 2015, a woman named Kathryn Steinle (http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/what-are-the-sanctuary-cities-that-trump-opposes/)was murdered by a stray bullet in San Francisco. Her killer was an undocumented immigrant male. Steinle’s tragic death is one th... Read more...

Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities Part Two: Against Sanctuary

16-Feb-2017

In 2015, a woman named Kathryn Steinle (http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/what-are-the-sanctuary-cities-that-trump-opposes/)was murdered by a stray bullet in ... Read more...

How to Talk to Police

Posted by: Russell Hebets       13-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

How to Talk to Police Even if you have done nothing wrong, everyone feels a little nervous around the police. Police are armed and have a great deal of authority. But if you are stopped by an officer, whether face to face, in your car or at your home, then you need to be prepared for that exchange. More importantly, you need to ensure that the conversation does not make things worse for you. The most common contact we have with police is when we get pulled over. First and foremost, you must be cooperative and follow directions. Be ready to present your ID, your reg... Read more...

How to Talk to Police

Posted by: Russell Hebets       13-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

How to Talk to Police Even if you have done nothing wrong, everyone feels a little nervous around the police. Police are armed and have a great deal of authority. But if you are stopped by an officer, whether face to face, in your car or at your home, then you need to be prepar... Read more...

How to Talk to Police

13-Feb-2017

Even if you have done nothing wrong, everyone feels a little nervous around the police. Police are armed and have a great deal of authority. But if you are ... Read more...


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