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Russell Hebets

Supreme Court Will Rule on Juvenile Life Sentences

This week the Supreme Court is hearing a set of cases to determine if you can ever give a juvenile a life sentence without the possibility for parole. In Graham v. Florida in 2010 the court ruled that juveniles who did not commit murder could not be sentenced to life without parole.

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Hebets & McCallin

The Rise of Snapchat Crimes

Social media has created an explosion of new crimes, particularly on the beloved-by-teens Snapchat application. The app has become a hotbed of criminal activity because of users’ ability to communicate in secret. Messages “disappear” right after you send them.

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Hebets & McCallin

Can I Get My Record Sealed?

It is not uncommon for people who were convicted of a crime to live their life in a state of constant fear that someone will find out about their conviction.

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Hebets & McCallin

Prosecuting Drug Overdose Cases

In 2020, there were 1,477 people who died of drug overdoses in Colorado, the highest number that’s ever been recorded in the state. These statistics, from the Colorado Health Department, shed light on a growing problem across the country of increasing overdose deaths.

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Hebets & McCallin

Fourth Amendment Searches: Do You Have a Warrant?

Citizens of this country have the right to be protected from unreasonable searches by law enforcement. Your Fourth Amendment rights may save you from an unlawful conviction if you are informed and have skilled legal counsel. This is a complex area of law, but we cover the basics for you in this article.

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Hebets & McCallin

You Refused a Blood or Breath Test: What Now?

If you are pulled over and suspected of a DUI in Colorado, you are legally obligated to submit to a blood or breath test that will evaluate how much alcohol is in your system. If you refuse to submit to either of those options during the time of your arrest, there will be several major consequences. Read on for more details and our advice on the topic.

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Russell Hebets

You Have the Right to Remain Silent: 5 Myths about Miranda Rights

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you….These are the opening phrases of the infamous Miranda warning. If you have not heard these words in real life, you have likely heard them on television. You may even have watched a TV court case fall apart when the clever attorney (the one in the red suit) finds out that her defendant was not “Mirandized.” Well, we hate to break it to you, but in real life court cases, Miranda warnings are a little more complicated. Here are 5 myths about Miranda rights, debunked.

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Hebets & McCallin

Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

Nearly 37% of women and more than 30% of men in Colorado say they have experienced physical or sexual violence or stalking by someone with whom they have or had an intimate relationship.

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Colin McCallin

Do a Hate Crime, Do Hard Time

In 2021, hate crimes in America rose to their highest level in twelve years. Along with the invasion of COVID-19, the virus that began taking its hold in China, hate crimes against Asians increased 150% between 2019 and 2020. The civil unrest related to the killings of George Floyd and other Black men at the hands of the police ushered in an uptick of hate crimes against Black people. Some argue that racial tension in the United States has reached a boiling point and that hate crime legislation has not done enough to curb violence and criminal behavior related to race and sexual orientation. On the other hand, some say that federal hate crime legislation goes too far and oversteps state laws. In this article, we explore the history of hate crime legislation, its evolution, and the purposes behind it.

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