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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?

Two facing serious charges in Colorado after infant dies

Police in Colorado recently arrested a husband and wife who they say are responsible for the death of their infant son. Both individuals are facing murder and other serious charges. If convicted of these alleged crimes, the consequences may be quite severe.

Assault charges are nothing to take lightly in Colorado

In Colorado, violent crimes are not taken lightly by those who are charged to uphold the law. For example, those facing assault charges may spend years behind bars if convicted and be forced to pay significant fines. The penalties and potential defenses available in assault cases will the be topic of this week's column.

Arrests made, charges filed in Colorado robbery string

When a violent crime occurs, police and community members are often desperate for answers. However, answers -- in the form of arrests and charges -- made without sufficient evidence will not provide community members with a sense of peace. For example, it is unclear what evidence supports the recent arrests of four men in connection to a Colorado robbery string.

2 teens accused of several robberies, other serious charges

Colorado Springs police recently arrested two teenagers accused of carrying out an intensive crime spree for the past few weeks. They allegedly participated in a string of robberies using stolen cars, and were also accused of attempted murder and other serious charges. One of the suspects is 18 years old, but the other is 16 and apparently under the jurisdiction at this time of the juvenile court.

Allegations of pot conspiracy: 62 persons, 12 businesses indicted

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has resulted in great financial and social value to the state's residents. At the same time, some paradoxical criminal outcomes have been enhanced. When there are nearby states that do not have the drug legally available, temptation will confront both residents here and in other states. For example, authorities recently announced the indictment of 62 persons and 12 businesses in the Denver area on allegations of violating the marijuana regulations and laws, along with various financial crimes.

Babysitter held on felony charge of child abuse causing death

Colorado has a criminal statute that singles out child abuse offenses. Under the statute, when child abuse results in death the offense can range from a class 3 felony charge up to first degree murder. The difference between the felony classes is determined by the degree of criminal intent of the actor.

Murder charge: teen killed his best friend and friend's mother

A killing committed by a teenager is an adult offense when the accused is 19 years old. Colorado recognizes 18 as the year of adulthood. Thus, anyone 18 or older who faces a murder charge will be dealt with as an adult under the state's criminal justice system.

Suspect arrested regarding robbery at 7 prominent businesses

When police pull someone over and find a note in the operator's car that apparently orders a bank teller to put "all money in drawer, have pistol, stay calm," is that note enough to establish probable cause for arrest? The answer probably varies on a lot of other factors. In Colorado Springs, the police expressed the opinion that the answer is "yes," that such a note was enough for probable cause to arrest a man for bank robbery.

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