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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...

Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion?

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

Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion? Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance (https://www.sbnation.com/2017/10/15/16478890/colin-kaepernick-grievance-nfl-owners-collusion) against the NFL for colluding to prevent him from being hired by any team. This collusion grievance allegedly stems from the protests that Kaepernick initiated during his last season with the 49ers. Despite becoming a free agent with an enviable record at the end of the 2016-2017season, he has yet to be recruited by any NFL teams and believes it is because they are actively avoiding hiring him. What is Collusion? ... Read more...

Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion?

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

Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion? Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance (https://www.sbnation.com/2017/10/15/16478890/colin-kaepernick-grievance-nfl-owners-collusion) against the NFL for colluding to prevent him from being hired by any team. This collusion grievance allegedly stems f... Read more...

Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion?

09-Nov-2017

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance (https://www.sbnation.com/2017/10/15/16478890/colin-kaepernick-grievance-nfl-owners-collusion) against the NFL f... Read more...

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays

Posted by: Colin McCallin       24-Oct-2017       (0) Comments

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys has been fighting a 6 game misconduct ban since the start of the football season. His legal moves have allowed him to delay his suspension but on October 12th, the NFL won a motion to reinstate the suspension. Since this leaves most of us navigating a fairly confusing legal struggle, here is what we understand so far about the suspension and whether it can be enforced. In the summer of 2016 (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/cowboys/2017/08/11/investigation-cowboys-ezekiel-elliott-timeline-alleg... Read more...

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays

Posted by: Colin McCallin       24-Oct-2017       (0) Comments

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys has been fighting a 6 game misconduct ban since the start of the football season. His legal moves have allowed him to delay his suspension but on October 12th, the NFL won a motion to reinstate the suspension. Sin... Read more...

Navigating Ezekiel Elliott’s Legal Plays

24-Oct-2017

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys has been fighting a 6 game misconduct ban since the start of the football season. His legal moves have allowed hi... Read more...

Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Legal?

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

Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Legal? I was speaking to a friend from out of state recently when I mentioned a Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana case that I recently handled. His initial response, like so many others, was “but I thought marijuana is legal in Colorado.” For anyone out there thinking the same thing, think of alcohol as a surrogate for marijuana. Alcohol is legal in your state, right? Yet people are still charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol all the time. The same is true for marijuana, although the similarities largely stop there. Marijuana is d... Read more...

Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Legal?

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

Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Legal? I was speaking to a friend from out of state recently when I mentioned a Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana case that I recently handled. His initial response, like so many others, was “but I thought marijuana is legal in Colorado.” For anyone ... Read more...

Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Legal?

17-Oct-2017

I was speaking to a friend from out of state recently when I mentioned a Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana case that I recently handled. His in... Read more...

Sessions Continues to Threaten Legal Marijuana

Posted by: Russell Hebets       28-Sep-2017       (0) Comments

Sessions Continues to Threaten Legal Marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions (http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/09/20/sessions-marijuana-legalization-opposition/88440/) has made no secret about his attitude towards marijuana, he is vehemently opposed. Since his appointment there have been numerous rumors swirling about potential threats to legal marijuana businesses and states in the nation. Sessions has been fond of reminding the public that marijuana is still federally illegal and believes that it has already proven to be too hard to regulate in places with decriminalization. Of course,... Read more...

Sessions Continues to Threaten Legal Marijuana

Posted by: Russell Hebets       28-Sep-2017       (0) Comments

Sessions Continues to Threaten Legal Marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions (http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/09/20/sessions-marijuana-legalization-opposition/88440/) has made no secret about his attitude towards marijuana, he is vehemently opposed. Since his appointment there have been numerous ... Read more...

Sessions Continues to Threaten Legal Marijuana

28-Sep-2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/09/20/sessions-marijuana-legalization-opposition/88440/) has made no secret about his a... Read more...

Will Police Spy On You Through Your Phone?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       29-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

Will Police Spy On You Through Your Phone? Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The case is Carpenter vs. United States and is significant because it can change the way digital information is accessed by police and if the access would require a warrant. Moreover, the ruling on this case has the potential to strengthen or seriously weaken the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment in regards to surveillance. The Fourth Amendment states : The right of the people to be secu... Read more...

Will Police Spy On You Through Your Phone?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       29-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

Will Police Spy On You Through Your Phone? Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The case is Carpenter vs. United States and is significant because it can change the way digital informat... Read more...

Will Police Spy On You Through Your Phone?

29-Aug-2017

Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The c... Read more...

A Client Success Story: Defeating Meth

Posted by: Russell Hebets       22-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

A Client Success Story: Defeating Meth A Client Success Story I recently received a message from a client that I represented many years ago. Although nearly a decade had passed since I represented Scott, I remembered him vividly. He had everything going for him: a good job, a supportive family, and a passion for life. The only problem was that he had become addicted to meth amphetamines. While he was extremely committed to regaining his sobriety and moving forward in life, he was in a daily struggle against the very addictive drug. After many trips to court, I finally convinced the p... Read more...

A Client Success Story: Defeating Meth

Posted by: Russell Hebets       22-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

A Client Success Story: Defeating Meth A Client Success Story I recently received a message from a client that I represented many years ago. Although nearly a decade had passed since I represented Scott, I remembered him vividly. He had everything going for him: a good job, a supportive famil... Read more...

A Client Success Story: Defeating Meth

22-Aug-2017

A Client Success Story I recently received a message from a client that I represented many years ago. Although nearly a decade had passed since I represent... Read more...

Felony DUIs Mean You're Going to Jail

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

Felony DUIs Mean You're Going to Jail In 2015, Colorado passed a law which made a fourth DUI or more a felony offense. By definition, a felony is a crime in which the sentence includes the possibility of prison time. In this case, a felony DUI (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/colorado-felony-dui) is punishable by 2 to 6 years in prison. However, despite the seriousness of this mandate, many of those convicted for felony DUI have only received probationary sentences or nominal jail time. One of the more significant examples (http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/... Read more...

Felony DUIs Mean You're Going to Jail

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

Felony DUIs Mean You're Going to Jail In 2015, Colorado passed a law which made a fourth DUI or more a felony offense. By definition, a felony is a crime in which the sentence includes the possibility of prison time. In this case, a felony DUI (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practi... Read more...

Felony DUIs Mean You're Going to Jail

16-Aug-2017

In 2015, Colorado passed a law which made a fourth DUI or more a felony offense. By definition, a felony is a crime in which the sentence includes the possi... Read more...

Should Older People be Barred from Driving?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       08-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

Should Older People be Barred from Driving? Utah recently passed a bill to lower the per se limit for DUI from .08, the national standard, to .05. The state argued that numerous studies indicate this would increase safety. However, the American Beverage Institute countered with an ad (https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45000564&nid=960&title=national-beverage-group-likens-utahs-05-dui-law-to-driving-while-old) that stated driving at a .05 makes you no more impaired than driving while over 65 years of age. The ad outraged some people, in particular the legislators who voted for the measure and ar... Read more...

Should Older People be Barred from Driving?

Posted by: Colin McCallin       08-Aug-2017       (0) Comments

Should Older People be Barred from Driving? Utah recently passed a bill to lower the per se limit for DUI from .08, the national standard, to .05. The state argued that numerous studies indicate this would increase safety. However, the American Beverage Institute countered with an ad (https://www.ks... Read more...

Should Older People be Barred from Driving?

08-Aug-2017

Utah recently passed a bill to lower the per se limit for DUI from .08, the national standard, to .05. The state argued that numerous studies indicate this ... Read more...

Bill Cosby Continues to Stave Off Rape Charges

Posted by: Russell Hebets       18-Jul-2017       (0) Comments

Bill Cosby Continues to Stave Off Rape Charges Previously, we blogged on the Bill Cosby (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/bill-cosby-trial-begins) sex assault trial prior to a jury verdict. Last month, after over 50 hours and 6 days of deliberation, the jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/criminal-law-practice-areas/sex-crime-attorney) trial came back deadlocked. They could not agree unanimously on his guilt or innocence in any of the 3 charges, so the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial. However, prosecutors will ... Read more...

Bill Cosby Continues to Stave Off Rape Charges

Posted by: Russell Hebets       18-Jul-2017       (0) Comments

Bill Cosby Continues to Stave Off Rape Charges Previously, we blogged on the Bill Cosby (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/bill-cosby-trial-begins) sex assault trial prior to a jury verdict. Last month, after over 50 hours and 6 days of deliberation, the jurors in the Bi... Read more...

Bill Cosby Continues to Stave Off Rape Charges

18-Jul-2017

Previously, we blogged on the Bill Cosby (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/bill-cosby-trial-begins) sex assault trial prior... Read more...


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