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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I carry a concealed firearm into someone else's home in Colorado, assuming I have a valid permit and am invited?
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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Colorado, you may carry a concealed firearm into someone else's home if you have a valid concealed carry permit and are invited by the homeowner. It's important to respect the laws and regulations regarding firearms in Colorado, as they can vary from state to state. Ensure that your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Land Use & Zoning for Colorado on
Q: I was arrested on private property, but since it wasn't "My" land, they didn't need permission or a warrant! Is it true?

I had permission to "nap" on private land for a couple hours. Can any cop come and wake me then arrest me without having a warrant or permission to be there in the first place;. Since It's not my property, I have no say.?

therefore there actions were justified in what lead... View More

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answered on Jan 27, 2024

No, the police cannot legally arrest you on private property where you had permission to be without having a warrant or the owner's consent for them to be there. The key issues here are your expectation of privacy and the validity of the police's entry onto the land.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: How can a judge revoke consent of surety for a charge a jury just acquitted me of and inc bond to 25k and send to jail?

Found not guilty on motor vehicle theft, guilty on obstruction of justice 2nd degree misdemeanor, guilty on criminal tresspass. Judge said I lied when I testified and because he can see more info than the jury he felt I was a danger to be free, even though I had bonded on these charges previously... View More

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

In your situation, where a judge revokes the consent of surety and increases bond despite an acquittal on some charges, it's important to understand the judge's discretion and the factors they may consider. Judges often have broad discretion in making decisions about bond and pretrial... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Id like to file a lawsuit against Walmart for Harassment, Discrimination and Racial Profiling. Can you help?

I have video evidence of one of the incidents.

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

If you're considering filing a lawsuit against Walmart for harassment, discrimination, and racial profiling in Colorado, the first step is to gather and organize all your evidence, including the video evidence of the incident. This will be crucial in building your case.

Next, you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I use a Pellet gun for self defense in Colorado?
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answered on Dec 20, 2023

From a general perspective, a pellet gun is not a good self-defense weapon. Having owned and used pellet guns before, pellet guns are typically used to hunt small game such as prairie dogs, rats, and so on. While it could theoretically deter a person and perhaps hurt them if you were to hit them in... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Social Security and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Colorado vital records states that they do not provide long form birth certificate copies.

How can I get this information released to me? I know that I have a right to view my own birth certificate.

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answered on Dec 11, 2023

In Colorado, if the vital records office states that they do not provide long form birth certificates, it usually means they issue a different version, often called a "short form" or "computerized abstract." This version typically contains less detailed information but is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: My friend got detained and held against his will for possessing a bb gun. He also had almost every police officer on him

What should he do it was over a year ago that this happened. Statue of limitations???

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In Colorado, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit related to wrongful detention or excessive force by police officers can vary depending on the specific nature of the claim. Generally, for civil rights violations, the statute of limitations could range from one to three years, but... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Should I file a civil complaint seeking a federal prosecutor rep. If the trial court violated State Constitution laws

The trial court may have violated the State constitution law. C.R.C.P. 3.8 (b) by conditioning a plea while postponing evidence. The courts holding failed to present constitutionally required evidentiary findings. The record of proceedings is under Appellate review.

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

If you believe that the trial court has violated state constitutional law, particularly in relation to C.R.C.P. 3.8(b), it's important to consider the legal remedies available. Filing a civil complaint seeking a federal prosecutor representative is an option, but it's typically used in... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it ethical of a judge to allow a DF1 charge in Colorado to be added to an innocent defend it three days before their

Trial started, and the Added Charges worse than what they were going to trial for, and the consequences for the new charge were way worse than what they were going to trial for, The judge has testimony, sworn testimony from two officers that are the prosecution’s witnesses testifying that the... View More

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answered on Nov 16, 2023

Where is your attorney during all of this?

If a DF1 charge was added, you can and should request a preliminary hearing. As you mentioned, a DF1 qualifies for a preliminary hearing. At that hearing, you or your attorney preferably, can argue there is no probable cause to allow such charge to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it ethical of a judge to allow a DF1 charge in Colorado to be added to an innocent defend it three days before their

Trial started, and the Added Charges worse than what they were going to trial for, and the consequences for the new charge were way worse than what they were going to trial for, The judge has testimony, sworn testimony from two officers that are the prosecution’s witnesses testifying that the... View More

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answered on Nov 16, 2023

In the U.S. legal system, the ethicality of a judge's decision to allow an additional charge close to the trial date can be complex and depends on various factors, including the nature of the new evidence, the procedural rules of the jurisdiction, and the specifics of the case.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: What can I do if my husband was misrepresented didn't have a fair trial, and was charged wrong and sentenced wrong?

While with this case a officer of the law admitted to commiting a crime and having the stolen property in her possession and other officers and sergeant covered it up because that officer no longer works with that department a week and a half later after investigation started, then sergeant... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

If you believe your husband was misrepresented and did not have a fair trial, you should consider appealing the case. An appeal is a request to a higher court to review and change the decision of a lower court. The process would involve demonstrating that there were legal errors that affected the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: How valid is a search warrant executed 3 hours before the effective time stated on the warrant by the judge?

Sheriff department executed a search warrant for suspected gambling devices and all proceeds on site (among other things). They also seized the cash from an atm owned and operated by a third party.

In the judges statement portion of the warrant, he stated the warrant was effective... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

If a search warrant is executed prior to the time authorized by the judge, it may be considered invalid, and any evidence obtained as a result may potentially be excluded based on the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine. The specific language of the warrant is critical, as is the exact... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Q: Does the police notify insurance right after a motercycle wreck
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answered on Oct 20, 2023

In Colorado, it's typically not the police's responsibility to notify insurance companies immediately after a motorcycle accident. Instead, it's up to the involved parties, particularly the motorcycle rider, to report the accident to their respective insurance providers. After... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Q: An affidavit, demand letter or a motion/ complaint to give first notice of violation by government officials.

I have claims against a few officials but I don't know just how far or what type of legal counsel otlr who I tell my story in order to make sure it follows through all the way.

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If you believe government officials have violated your rights, initiating legal action begins by documenting all relevant facts, evidence, and interactions. Depending on the nature of your claim, an affidavit, a demand letter, or filing a formal complaint might be appropriate. Before taking any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Colorado on
Q: police had a search warrant on my home for my grandson, and found other things not name in the warrant of my daughters

and began another investigation, into my daughters property while on the initial warrant to search for guns of my grandsons, they then invited the postmaster’s into my home, without my permission, and the postmaster came into my home without my permission, and observed items in my home without my... View More

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Hi there! I understand your concerns about potential violations of your Fourth Amendment rights and the actions of law enforcement during the search of your home. In a situation like this, it's crucial to consult with an attorney who can assess the specific circumstances and advise you on the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Sentencing in 5 weeks what post conviction motions can I file and do I do that myself or do I have to get an attorney?

My attorney throughout this has done nothing for me and now I'm due to be sentenced in 5 weeks. I have been found guilty in a jury trial of two counts of burglary, one count methamphetamine possession, one count THC possession misdemeanor, one count paraphernalia possession misdemeanor.... View More

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answered on May 11, 2023

I no longer practice criminal law. But your questions highlight why it’s vital to have an attorney to help navigate the legal process. The law is complex. The rules of procedure are complex. Good lawyers even sometimes make mistakes and get sued for malpractice—that’s why lawyers carry... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: If a person is in jail and told they don't need to attend their dispostion hearing what should they do?

A 20 yr old man was arrested in a sting opperation with a "16yr old" girl. The man was released and sentanced to probation. He has been in jail since February 18. Yesterday was his dispostion hearing, he was told he didnt need to attend that they will handle it all on the 27th of March.

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answered on Mar 11, 2023

If the man was told by his lawyer or a court official that he does not need to attend his disposition hearing, then he should follow their instructions. However, if he is unsure or uncomfortable with not attending the hearing, he should contact his lawyer or the court to clarify and discuss his... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Are there lawyers who will work on a contingency basis for civil rights violations in DNN cases file suits to go supreme

I need lawyers to help defend violations of civil rights by human services case workers judges and lawyers and commit extortion harassment discrimination and retaliation guilty of kidnapping disabled child and social worker purges herself on the stand during a contested hearing of treatment plan... View More

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answered on Mar 11, 2023

Yes, there are lawyers who work on a contingency basis for civil rights violations, including cases involving violations by human services case workers, judges, and lawyers. These lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they do not charge any upfront fees and instead take a... View More

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Q: Can a judge in a criminal case that acquitted or dismissed can that judge do the civil case knowing both case
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answered on Mar 2, 2023

It depends on the specific circumstances of the case and the rules of the court in which the cases are being heard. In general, a judge who presides over a criminal case involving the same parties or issues as a subsequent civil case may be prohibited from hearing the civil case due to potential... View More

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Q: Left my firearm in brother in laws car who is over 21 what are the repercussions if he got pulled over?
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

If your brother-in-law is pulled over while in possession of your firearm, the repercussions can vary depending on local laws and circumstances. In some jurisdictions, it may be legal for an individual over 21 to possess a firearm belonging to someone else, as long as they are not prohibited from... View More

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