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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 conviction... 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... 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 th... 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...

Civil Claim as a Result of DUI

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

Civil Claim as a Result of DUI Filing A Civil Claim In a Drinking Under the Influence (DUI) Case According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),up to 75 percent of individuals convicted of DUI continue to drive with a suspended license. If you are injured as a result of a DUI-related accident, you may have to file a claim against the drunk driver in a civil court. This is where it will be determined what monetary and other awards you will receive for the injuries and losses you experienced. A civil court will utilize state law to determine the monetary compensation. ... Read more...

Civil Claim as a Result of DUI

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

Civil Claim as a Result of DUI Filing A Civil Claim In a Drinking Under the Influence (DUI) Case According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),up to 75 percent of individuals convicted of DUI continue to drive with a suspended license. If you are injured as a result of a D... Read more...

Civil Claim as a Result of DUI

13-Feb-2017

Filing A Civil Claim In a Drinking Under the Influence (DUI) Case According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),up to 75 percent of individual... Read more...

Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Part One: What is a Sanctuary City?

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

Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Part One: What is a Sanctuary City? Immigration is a hot topic these days and several cities, including Denver, have made the news for being sanctuary cities. The debate revolves around whether cities who protect undocumented people from immigration enforcement should continue to receive support from the federal government. New President Donald Trump opposes sanctuary cities and believes they are hotbeds of crime. However, mayors of these cities deny this claim and say they will not stop offering sanctuary. What is a Sanctuary City? There is no official definition to be classified... Read more...

Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Part One: What is a Sanctuary City?

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

Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Part One: What is a Sanctuary City? Immigration is a hot topic these days and several cities, including Denver, have made the news for being sanctuary cities. The debate revolves around whether cities who protect undocumented people from immigration enforcement should continue to receive sup... Read more...

Immigration and Sanctuary Cities Part One: What is a Sanctuary City?

09-Feb-2017

Immigration is a hot topic these days and several cities, including Denver, have made the news for being sanctuary cities. The debate revolves around whethe... Read more...

Using Car Accident Damage in Fault Determination

Posted by: Russell Hebets       06-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Using Car Accident Damage in Fault Determination Fault Determination Just as a detective will use clues to solve a crime, there are some important clues the courts and insurance companies use to decide who will pay all or most of a car accident liability claim. The industry term is ‘fault determination.’ One of the most straight-forward examples of fault is in the example of a rear-end collision. Location of the damage on the vehicles can also provide proof of a rear-end collision. This can be seen if the back of one car is damaged along with the front of the other. In most cases, a... Read more...

Using Car Accident Damage in Fault Determination

Posted by: Russell Hebets       06-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Using Car Accident Damage in Fault Determination Fault Determination Just as a detective will use clues to solve a crime, there are some important clues the courts and insurance companies use to decide who will pay all or most of a car accident liability claim. The industry term is ‘fault determina... Read more...

Using Car Accident Damage in Fault Determination

06-Feb-2017

Fault Determination Just as a detective will use clues to solve a crime, there are some important clues the courts and insurance companies use to decide who... Read more...

Update on Judge Stevens

Posted by: Colin McCallin       01-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Update on Judge Stevens Last year we shared a story about a Judge in Kentucky (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/should-a-black-defendant-have-black-jurors-hearing-the-case) who relieved a jury because he believed they would be biased on race. Judge Stevens determined that an all-white jury in the mixed community of Louisville could not necessarily offer a fair verdict against a black defendant. So he dismissed the jury in the interest of fairness. However, opponents did not feel he should have the ability to dismiss a jury panel, and the issue was... Read more...

Update on Judge Stevens

Posted by: Colin McCallin       01-Feb-2017       (0) Comments

Update on Judge Stevens Last year we shared a story about a Judge in Kentucky (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/should-a-black-defendant-have-black-jurors-hearing-the-case) who relieved a jury because he believed they would be biased on race. Judge Stev... Read more...

Update on Judge Stevens

01-Feb-2017

Last year we shared a story about a Judge in Kentucky (http://www.hebetsmccallin.com/denver-criminal-attorney-blog/should-a-black-defendant-have-black-juror... Read more...

Wrongful Death and Manslaughter

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

Wrongful Death and Manslaughter One Crime, Two Cases: Wrongful Death Claims and Manslaughter Charges Manslaughter is a serious crime that can cause a great deal of damage. The crime of “manslaughter” can apply when an individual unintentionally or intentionally caused the death of another person. Voluntary manslaughter is considered an intentional crime and is sometimes described as having an element of anger or rage. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when the defendant did not premeditate murder, but still caused the death of another person. Some commo... Read more...

Wrongful Death and Manslaughter

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

Wrongful Death and Manslaughter One Crime, Two Cases: Wrongful Death Claims and Manslaughter Charges Manslaughter is a serious crime that can cause a great deal of damage. The crime of “manslaughter” can apply when an individual unintentionally or intentionally cause... Read more...

Wrongful Death and Manslaughter

18-Jan-2017

One Crime, Two Cases: Wrongful Death Claims and Manslaughter Charges Manslaughter is a serious crime that can cause a great deal of damage. The cri... Read more...

Naptime Leads to Jail Time

Posted by: Russell Hebets       06-Jan-2017       (0) Comments

Naptime Leads to Jail Time Imagine this: You and your spouse are out running errands and you are finally at your last stop. In the meantime, your preschooler has fallen asleep and there is no way you are going to wake this peaceful child for a 15 minute chore. So you run in, grab what you need and head back to your car. This should be a quick errand, but lo and behold, an overly concerned citizen has called the police, they are by your car, breaking a window to save your poor child (who was fine until they intervened). Before you know it, you are arrested, your kid is with so... Read more...

Naptime Leads to Jail Time

Posted by: Russell Hebets       06-Jan-2017       (0) Comments

Naptime Leads to Jail Time Imagine this: You and your spouse are out running errands and you are finally at your last stop. In the meantime, your preschooler has fallen asleep and there is no way you are going to wake this peaceful child for a 15 minute chore. So you run in, grab w... Read more...

Naptime Leads to Jail Time

06-Jan-2017

Imagine this: You and your spouse are out running errands and you are finally at your last stop. In the meantime, your preschooler has fallen asleep and th... Read more...

Opiates Are a Problem, Marijuana is the Answer

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Dec-2016       (0) Comments

Opiates Are a Problem, Marijuana is the Answer The opioid epidemic (http://time.com/4419003/can-medical-marijuana-help-end-the-opioid-epidemic/) has reached new heights in the US and the news is bleak. More people died in 2015 from heroin overdose than by guns. Across the country, 16 states showed marked increases in heroin and other opioid related deaths in 2015 alone. But while the issue affects everyone, there are states where the numbers of overdoses are actually going down. Where? In states where accessible medical and recreational marijuana programs exist, opioid related death has actually... Read more...

Opiates Are a Problem, Marijuana is the Answer

Posted by: Colin McCallin       22-Dec-2016       (0) Comments

Opiates Are a Problem, Marijuana is the Answer The opioid epidemic (http://time.com/4419003/can-medical-marijuana-help-end-the-opioid-epidemic/) has reached new heights in the US and the news is bleak. More people died in 2015 from heroin overdose than by guns. Across the country, 16 states showed mar... Read more...

Opiates Are a Problem, Marijuana is the Answer

22-Dec-2016

The opioid epidemic (http://time.com/4419003/can-medical-marijuana-help-end-the-opioid-epidemic/) has reached new heights in the US and the news is bleak. ... Read more...

Do Drowsy Drivers Kill?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       12-Dec-2016       (0) Comments

Do Drowsy Drivers Kill? AAA recently released a study indicating that crash risk increases for every hour of sleep lost. While it has long been understood that sleepiness affected driving negatively, this study looked more closely at the situation in order to define what that means for drivers. How Much Sleep Does One Need? The National Sleep Foundation and other experts recommend that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and some people may require more, especially if they are ill or recovering from an illness, injury or a sleep debt. According to the CDC, 35% ... Read more...

Do Drowsy Drivers Kill?

Posted by: Russell Hebets       12-Dec-2016       (0) Comments

Do Drowsy Drivers Kill? AAA recently released a study indicating that crash risk increases for every hour of sleep lost. While it has long been understood that sleepiness affected driving negatively, this study looked more closely at the situation in order to define what that mea... Read more...

Do Drowsy Drivers Kill?

12-Dec-2016

AAA recently released a study indicating that crash risk increases for every hour of sleep lost. While it has long been understood that sleepiness affected ... Read more...


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