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The Basics of Hitting Your Landlord

Posted by: Russell Hebets       08-Apr-2019       (0) Comments

The Basics of Hitting Your Landlord An Old Idea Regularly we talk to people charged with crimes of violence, and some of them wonder whether they can claim self-defense to avoid conviction. Perhaps the oldest and most intuitive legal concept there is, self-defense is the right of a person to exercise such force as would normally be criminal to prevent harm to his or her body by someone else. While the limits of that right vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and according to the details of each case, we should all know the basic legal elements underlying self-defense, so that, in the ... Read more...

The Basics of Hitting Your Landlord

Posted by: Russell Hebets       08-Apr-2019       (0) Comments

The Basics of Hitting Your Landlord An Old Idea Regularly we talk to people charged with crimes of violence, and some of them wonder whether they can claim self-defense to avoid conviction. Perhaps the oldest and most intuitive legal concept there is, self-defense is the right of a person to ... Read more...

The Basics of Hitting Your Landlord

08-Apr-2019

An Old Idea Regularly we talk to people charged with crimes of violence, and some of them wonder whether they can claim self-defense to avoid conviction. Per... Read more...

Should We Punish, or Rehabilitate?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       15-Mar-2019       (0) Comments

Should We Punish, or Rehabilitate? The Question Crime Raises As criminal defense attorneys we think so much about the front end of the justice system—the settlement of cases in court—that we might sometimes neglect to consider what comes after a conviction. But it is in the post-sentencing stages of a criminal proceeding that the full weight of the matter reveals itself, not just for the person convicted but for the society in which he or she must continue to live. For as long as humans have organized themselves in groups, the debate how to treat those who violate rules has... Read more...

Should We Punish, or Rehabilitate?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       15-Mar-2019       (0) Comments

Should We Punish, or Rehabilitate? The Question Crime Raises As criminal defense attorneys we think so much about the front end of the justice system—the settlement of cases in court—that we might sometimes neglect to consider what comes after a conviction. But it is in the post-... Read more...

Should We Punish, or Rehabilitate?

15-Mar-2019

The Question Crime Raises As criminal defense attorneys we think so much about the front end of the justice system—the settlement of cases in court&mda... Read more...

FISA Warrants: Are They Legal?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       18-Feb-2019       (0) Comments

FISA Warrants: Are They Legal? Controversial Beginnings The investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has controversial beginnings: a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorizing the secret observation of people close to Trump. Regardless of one’s feelings about this investigation in particular, warrants issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in general animate the dispute over where the boundary should fall between the state’s power and an individual’s freedom. Spying on Spies To unde... Read more...

FISA Warrants: Are They Legal?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       18-Feb-2019       (0) Comments

FISA Warrants: Are They Legal? Controversial Beginnings The investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has controversial beginnings: a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorizing the secret observation of people close to ... Read more...

FISA Warrants: Are They Legal?

18-Feb-2019

Controversial Beginnings The investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has controversial beginnings: a warrant from the F... Read more...

Punished but Not Guilty

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Jan-2019       (0) Comments

Punished but Not Guilty Convicting the Innocent According to The Innocence Project, a nationwide organization working to exonerate, win compensation for, and rehabilitate people wrongfully convicted of crimes, around seventy percent of the hundreds of convictions the organization has overturned so far using DNA evidence have resulted from eyewitness misidentification. Traditional police methods promote such error, in part because of the authority police wield: distracted by an impulse not to hinder figures in power, a witness tends to confirm the suspicions of investigators... Read more...

Punished but Not Guilty

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Jan-2019       (0) Comments

Punished but Not Guilty Convicting the Innocent According to The Innocence Project, a nationwide organization working to exonerate, win compensation for, and rehabilitate people wrongfully convicted of crimes, around seventy percent of the hundreds of convictions the organization... Read more...

Punished but Not Guilty

22-Jan-2019

Convicting the Innocent According to The Innocence Project, a nationwide organization working to exonerate, win compensation for, and rehabilitate people wr... Read more...

Hemp, Formerly Scourge of Civilization, Reclassified as a Plant

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-Jan-2019       (0) Comments

Hemp, Formerly Scourge of Civilization, Reclassified as a Plant New Laws With the passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, legislators have officially distinguished hemp from marijuana, making hemp an agricultural product instead of a controlled substance. From this will come a multitude of changes. Hemp farmers can now buy crop insurance. Banks will grant loans to hemp-related businesses, and credit card companies will process payments to and from those businesses. Poised to grow wildly upon just such a revision of the law as this one, the industry built around CBD oil made from hemp will maybe now... Read more...

Hemp, Formerly Scourge of Civilization, Reclassified as a Plant

Posted by: Russell Hebets       09-Jan-2019       (0) Comments

Hemp, Formerly Scourge of Civilization, Reclassified as a Plant New Laws With the passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, legislators have officially distinguished hemp from marijuana, making hemp an agricultural product instead of a controlled substance. From this will come a multitude of changes. Hemp ... Read more...

Hemp, Formerly Scourge of Civilization, Reclassified as a Plant

09-Jan-2019

New Laws With the passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, legislators have officially distinguished hemp from marijuana, making hemp an agric... Read more...

Imagining a New Police Force

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

Imagining a New Police Force A Turning Point For decades, experts in law enforcement, many of them active or former police officers, have pointed out the deficiencies of police strategy as it has come to be across the country. Bound up in a vicious cycle, most of these deficiencies both result from and exacerbate distrust between law enforcement agencies and the public. Of the many answers to this problem that have been suggested, perhaps the most promising is community policing, a multi-sided approach whose highest goal is drawing police forces and the people they serve clos... Read more...

Imagining a New Police Force

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

Imagining a New Police Force A Turning Point For decades, experts in law enforcement, many of them active or former police officers, have pointed out the deficiencies of police strategy as it has come to be across the country. Bound up in a vicious cycle, most of these deficiencies... Read more...

Imagining a New Police Force

05-Dec-2018

A Turning Point For decades, experts in law enforcement, many of them active or former police officers, have pointed out the deficiencies of police strat... Read more...

Top Tips from the Best DUI Lawyers

Posted by: Russell Hebets       13-Nov-2018       (0) Comments

Top Tips from the Best DUI Lawyers Let’s face it, DUIs (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/dui-drunk-driving-defense-lawyer) can happen to anyone from any walk of life.If you’ve already received a DUI, the trick is to not receive another one.If you haven’t gotten a DUI, the trick is to not get your first one! With those goals in mind here are some top tips that the best DUI lawyers agree on. 1. Have a Plan According to the best DUI lawyers, the best way to avoid a DUI is to plan your night in advance.If you wait until you’re several drinks into the n... Read more...

Top Tips from the Best DUI Lawyers

Posted by: Russell Hebets       13-Nov-2018       (0) Comments

Top Tips from the Best DUI Lawyers Let’s face it, DUIs (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/dui-drunk-driving-defense-lawyer) can happen to anyone from any walk of life.If you’ve already received a DUI, the trick is to not receive another one.If you haven’t gotten a DU... Read more...

Top Tips from the Best DUI Lawyers

13-Nov-2018

Let’s face it, DUIs (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/dui-drunk-driving-defense-lawyer) can happen to anyone from any walk of life.... Read more...

Should It Be Hard to Find Someone Guilty?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       08-Nov-2018       (0) Comments

Should It Be Hard to Find Someone Guilty? A pattern has emerged: the use of statistics showing low ratios of criminal convictions to criminal reports to support criticism of the U.S. legal system. How, the implication goes, can we trust the law we live under when Department of Justice surveys indicate that only 22 out of 619 robbery reports end in felony convictions, and only 7 out of 310 sexual assault reports? (Source (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system).) At first view those rates are unacceptable; they seem to announce disease within the country’s jurisprudence. But... Read more...

Should It Be Hard to Find Someone Guilty?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       08-Nov-2018       (0) Comments

Should It Be Hard to Find Someone Guilty? A pattern has emerged: the use of statistics showing low ratios of criminal convictions to criminal reports to support criticism of the U.S. legal system. How, the implication goes, can we trust the law we live under when Department of Justice surveys indi... Read more...

Should It Be Hard to Find Someone Guilty?

08-Nov-2018

A pattern has emerged: the use of statistics showing low ratios of criminal convictions to criminal reports to support criticism of the U.S. legal system. H... Read more...

Glamour! Passion! Gigantic Robes! The Supreme Court Appointment Process

Posted by: Russell Hebets       10-Oct-2018       (0) Comments

Glamour! Passion! Gigantic Robes! The Supreme Court Appointment Process We realize there is a chance you were buried in a mudslide several weeks ago and have only now tunneled out into the light of day. First of all, if so, welcome back! Second, you have some catching-up to do with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation (https://www.businessinsider.com/brett-kavanaugh-confirmed-to-supreme-court-50-votes-2018-10), which we think makes apposite a review of the Supreme Court appointment process in general. Appointment to the Supreme Court is prescribed in almost no detail in Article II, Section 2 of the United Sta... Read more...

Glamour! Passion! Gigantic Robes! The Supreme Court Appointment Process

Posted by: Russell Hebets       10-Oct-2018       (0) Comments

Glamour! Passion! Gigantic Robes! The Supreme Court Appointment Process We realize there is a chance you were buried in a mudslide several weeks ago and have only now tunneled out into the light of day. First of all, if so, welcome back! Second, you have some catching-up to do with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation ... Read more...

Glamour! Passion! Gigantic Robes! The Supreme Court Appointment Process

10-Oct-2018

We realize there is a chance you were buried in a mudslide several weeks ago and have only now tunneled out into the light of day. First of all, if so, welc... Read more...

Lethal Justice: Details of the Death Penalty

Posted by: Colin McCallin       18-Sep-2018       (0) Comments

Lethal Justice: Details of the Death Penalty As Chris Watts of Colorado awaits trial for the murder of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/us/chris-watts-kills-pregnant-wife-daughters.html), speculation abounds whether the case may end in capital punishment, though so far the prosecution neither confirms nor denies that it will seek that result. Colorado, rightly cautious about death sentences, has not carried one out for over twenty years; being sentenced to life in prison is hundreds of times more common. But would the state have a basis... Read more...

Lethal Justice: Details of the Death Penalty

Posted by: Colin McCallin       18-Sep-2018       (0) Comments

Lethal Justice: Details of the Death Penalty As Chris Watts of Colorado awaits trial for the murder of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/us/chris-watts-kills-pregnant-wife-daughters.html), speculation abounds whether the case may end in capita... Read more...

Lethal Justice: Details of the Death Penalty

18-Sep-2018

As Chris Watts of Colorado awaits trial for the murder of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/us/chr... Read more...

Concealed Guns on College Campuses: The Debate Continues

Posted by: Russell Hebets       29-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Concealed Guns on College Campuses: The Debate Continues The Debate In 2015, expanding the application of previous similar laws, the Texas legislature passed a law to allow citizens to take concealed guns into buildings on public college campuses. Two years later several professors from the University of Texas at Austin sued, calling the law unconstitutional. When their case was dismissed they appealed, and now in 2018 the appeal court has spoken: concealed firearms, for those with a license to carry them, remain legal indoors at Texas universities. No doubt reflecting the public consciousness, a lot ... Read more...

Concealed Guns on College Campuses: The Debate Continues

Posted by: Russell Hebets       29-Aug-2018       (0) Comments

Concealed Guns on College Campuses: The Debate Continues The Debate In 2015, expanding the application of previous similar laws, the Texas legislature passed a law to allow citizens to take concealed guns into buildings on public college campuses. Two years later several professors from the University of Texas a... Read more...

Concealed Guns on College Campuses: The Debate Continues

29-Aug-2018

The Debate In 2015, expanding the application of previous similar laws, the Texas legislature passed a law to allow citizens to take concealed guns into bui... 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 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...


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