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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

Criminal conviction for cyberbullying? Yes, it's possible

Cyberbullying is a problem in Colorado and across the United States. It is easy to do and no one is immune to it. Cyberbullies often feel that they are uncensored and can get away with such activity. However, it is possible for an individual engaging in such activity to face charges and a criminal conviction.

Cyberbullying is the willful and repetitive attacking or harassing of someone online. It may be a known someone or an individual one only interacts with on the web. This can be done via any device that has access to the internet.

Penalties for a hit-and-run accident may be severe

Auto-pedestrian accidents happen in the blink of an eye. One minute, a driver is doing his or her thing, and the next minute, a pedestrian is on the ground. The actions a driver takes in that instant will affect what happens in his or her future. Unfortunately, there are those in Colorado who choose not to stick around. Penalties for involvement in a hit-and-run accident may be quite severe.

Per state laws, when an auto accident occurs, drivers are required to stop. If there is only property damage, it is okay for those involved to exchange information and go about their day. If someone is hurt or killed, the responsible party must remain on scene until police arrive to investigate the matter.

Authorities in Colorado look for burglary suspects

On Oct. 18, three individuals allegedly entered a gun shop in Colorado and took about 10 long guns. Police have yet to identify these individuals. Once caught they will likely face burglary and other charges.

According to a recent report, the burglary happened around 4 a.m. in Colorado Springs at Big Jim's Loans III. Three people entered the pawn shop with their faced covered and walked out with the weapons without incident. This just adds to the over 400 weapons stolen from retail locations in Colorado already this year.

What makes a DUI an aggravated DUI?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in Colorado. There is no easy way around fighting such a charge, especially if one is accused of an aggravated DUI. What is an aggravated DUI and what are the penalties?

Most people know that DUI stands for driving under the influence. It means that a person is accused of operating a motor vehicle with an impairing substance in his or her system -- usually alcohol. An aggravated DUI charge happens when some other form of serious violation is committed simultaneously. Aggravating factors may include:

  • Repeat offender
  • Minors in automobile
  • Driving without privileges
  • Speeding
  • Extreme blood alcohol content

In a pot-related accident? Felony charges may follow

There is a drug problem in Colorado. This is news that isn't new. Pot was legalized in the state back in 2013, but this has not necessarily been a good thing. According to a recent report, the number of pot-related auto accidents with fatal outcomes is on the rise, and those accused of causing these events may face felony charges as a result. 

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area recently issued a report that says fatal accidents that are marijuana-related have more than doubled since the drug's legalization. In the year 2016, 20 percent of traffic deaths in the state were pot-related. That is a pretty significant increase from 2011's 9 percent.

Domestic assault charges can have serious consequences

You got in a fight with your spouse. Things got a little heated and before you knew it, the cops were on your doorstep. The neighbors called in the domestic disturbance. After a brief investigation, you were hauled from your house, booked into jail and now you are facing domestic assault charges. In the state of Colorado such charges can have serious consequences.

Domestic violence is not a matter that is taken lightly, and this is how it should be. No person should fear the people with whom he or she lives. It is unfortunate, though, that some alleged victims claim domestic violence when it is not necessarily true. This can literally ruin the lives of those accused.

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