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Colorado woman facing murder charge

Police in Colorado had been talking with a woman who they believed had information about the disappearance of her father. Authorities began to suspect the woman after they started receiving calls from concerned family members about not being able to get in touch with her dad. After several visits with the woman and an official investigation into the matter, police took her into custody and she is now facing a murder charge.

According to a recent report, police in Federal Heights received a number of phone calls regarding a missing person. Several family members reported not being able to get in contact with a 69-year-old male that lived in the area and they wanted police to go to his house to check on him. On Dec. 28, they visited the address and found his 44-year-old daughter living there. She claimed he had left on a camping trip with his girlfriend and never returned. Officers returned to speak with the woman several times and even asked her to come into the station for a formal interview before she was finally taken into custody on Jan. 10.

Investigation of shooting leads to Colorado Springs man's arrest

The words shooting and Colorado Springs are not words that a local resident wants to hear together. Unfortunately, shootings in this area are fairly common. When such events happen, police are quick to investigate. The investigation into a recent fatal shooting led police to one man, so far. He has since been arrested and could face some serious charges.

According to a local news report, on Dec. 27, a man was shot just outside the Kmart parking lot. The vehicle in which he was a passenger was turning into the store's parking lot when another car pulled alongside. The victim got out of his vehicle, supposedly with a gun in hand, when he was fired upon by an individual in the second automobile. The second car then quickly fled the scene.

Charged with a crime after failing field sobriety testing

Colorado residents who are suspected of driving while impaired will likely be asked to submit to field sobriety testing. These are a series of tests generally meant to check physical ability and concentration -- two things impaired drivers tend to be lacking. Those who fail these tests will likely be charged with a crime.

What are the different kinds of fields sobriety tests? There are actually three: the one-leg stand, horizontal gaze nystagmus, and the walk and turn. With the one-leg stand, a person is asked to stand still and then raise one leg off the ground. He or she cannot use arms, hop or put the raised foot on the ground to catch his or her balance.

A criminal conviction could cost PO worker his job

A Colorado Springs post office worker has been placed on leave, following accusations that he has been stealing mail. Several residents complained of missing mail for a few months, and an investigation into the matter led authorities to this one employee. A criminal conviction could cost him his job and make it extremely difficult to find work in the future. As such, how he fights his case in court is really important.

According to reports, the accused was working his regular shift on Dec. 20. Investigators are said to have placed a tracker in a letter that was assigned to be delivered on his route. The tracker allegedly showed the accused picking up the letter, carrying it throughout the day and then taking it to his car at the end of his shift. Police pulled him over and searched his car. They claim to have found 80 letters, including the one with the tracker, all addressed to other people.

Colorado police looking for robbery suspect

Police in Colorado are currently searching for the man believed responsible for holding up a Subway restaurant in Colorado Springs. This incident occurred on Dec. 21. The suspect is said to have brandished a hand-gun during the robbery.

According to recent reports, on Thursday evening, police were called to the Subway located at 1431 N. Academy Boulevard. They claim to have received reports that a man came into the store, allegedly pointed a gun an the employee on duty and demanded money. The employee is said to have complied, and the man left without incident.

Can a permanent protective order ever be dismissed?

Restraining orders are often put in place to protect victims from violent individuals. Unfortunately, these orders may also be put in place against individuals who are accused of being violent where there is no real evidence of such behavior. After a protective order is issued, can Colorado residents accused of domestic violence do anything to get them dismissed?

The quick answer to this question is yes. It is possible to get permanent orders of protection dismissed or at least modified. There are certain steps that must be taken to do this, and the court will only consider such a request under very specific circumstances.

Sometimes pleading guilty is the best criminal defense

When charged with a crime, it can be difficult to know the best way to fight it. There are often various defense options at one's disposal -- which will all have their negative and positive points. In some cases, there are those Colorado residents who may find that pleading guilty is their best criminal defense.

It was recently reported that a former chief of police who was accused of stealing weapons from his station and evidence room, and selling them to an area pawn shop, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The 52-year-old male was officially charged with theft and lying to a pawnbroker. He resigned from his post in 2015. An investigation into the matter began in 2016.

The difference between misdemeanors and felonies

It does not matter if one lives in Colorado or elsewhere, various crimes are treated differently. When it comes to the kind of charges one will face, the details of the alleged crime will make all the difference in whether a person is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies?

A misdemeanor is a crime that is considered more serious than an infraction -- an infraction being a minor violation such as a traffic ticket -- yet less serious than a felony. Depending on the crime, one may face jail time or have to pay minimal fines if convicted. A misdemeanor charge, while it may not feel like a major thing, can follow a person for the rest of his or her life, so it is not something to treat lightly.

Hundreds of people arrested for DUI over Halloween weekend

Over Halloween weekend, law enforcement officers in Colorado arrested nearly 400 people for driving under the influence. These people were identified during a scheduled  DUI enforcement period -- something the state is known to do around any holiday. This year showed a 15 percent increase in DUI-related arrests around Halloween compared to the previous year.

According to a recent report, the Colorado Department of Transportation claims that 375 people from all across the state were taken into police custody for suspected DUI just around the Halloween holiday. The most arrests came from the State Patrol group, who took 68 people into custody. Colorado Springs Police Department came in second with 29 arrests.

How does plea negotiation work?

Sometimes, fighting for criminal charges to be dismissed may not be in one's best interests. Plea negotiation may actually be the way to go. Colorado residents who stand accused of crimes will have to make the decision for themselves, but to do so, it is important to understand what plea negotiation can do.

When one chooses to attempt plea negotiations, it means that he or she is ready to accept some level of punishment but would like it to be reduced. This is not something that is likely to be offered if one chooses to proceed with a trial and loses. There are actually three areas that are negotiated when seeking a plea agreement. These are:

  • Charges
  • Sentence
  • Facts

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