Archive for the Denver criminal Category

CO Driver’s license for undocumented immigrants

The Colorado legislature passed a measure to approve driver’s licenses for undocumented residents: but not until August 1, 2014. Licensing for undocumented individuals in Colorado after 8/1/2014 Highlights: After August 1, 2014, you no longer need to prove legal residency as an immigrant in this state to obtain

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DACA Renewal process

The USCIS published information relating to renewals of deferred action, the benefit that became available June 15, 2012 for a two year temporary period.  The requirements appear go be simple, but an actual application for DACA Renewal will not be available until May, 2014.  The application can

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Colorado DUI arrests drop 5%, police enforcement effort began May 24

DUI Arrests reduced from prior years There are two recent press releases from CDOT, linked below, but which appear to be important for drivers.  One, is the obvious annual enforcement effort by police, called either “Click it or Ticket”, or “Heat Is On”.  Each of these enforcement

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Provisional immigration status, Immigration Reform 2013 and criminal convictions

The bill currently being debated at the federal level concerning Registered Provisional Immigrant Status, RPIS, would free many living in this country to apply for work permits and other benefits associated with legal residency.  This program however is crafted along the same lines as the previous Deferred

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A grant of deferred action is lawful presence

The USCIS has again provided guidance on the deferred action programs, and the effect this form of relief has on anyone present in the U.S. without documentation.  Living in this country without documentation is considered time spent ‘illegally present”, which can in turn provide a basis for

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Online screening tool for deferred action applicants

Lawhelp interactive has generated this fairly easy screening tool for applicants seeking deferred action for childhood arrivals. On-line Deferred Action Screening Tool. The tool gives you a quick review of your own immigration status and situation, but should not substitute for advice from an attorney about your

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Report on exoneration of previously convicted defendants

The National Registry of Exonerations tracks cases of exonerated defendants, those who were found guilty but later determined to be innocent of their crimes, and indicates in recent reporting that with 891 exonerations, and 1170 mass releases of accused parties due primarily to police misconduct and fabrication

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The 4th Amendment, Vehicle searches, and Jay-Z’s song 99 Problems verse two.

This article from the St. Louis University law school is an analysis of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against searches of vehicles, illustrated with Jay-Zs second verse of the song 99 Problems; and is brilliant. http://slu.edu/Documents/law/Law%20Journal/Archives/LJ56-2_Mason_Article.pdf     3B2DN3B64DCW

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Court of Appeals summary for June 21, 2012 announced case: 2012 COA 99. No.10CA0651. People v. Arzabala.

2012 COA 99. No.10CA0651. People v. Arzabala. Vehicular Assault—Leaving the Scene of an Accident—Evidence—Double Jeopardy—Unit of Prosecution—Jury Instructions—Prosecutorial Misconduct—Testimony. Defendant appealed the judgment of conviction entered on jury verdicts finding him guilty of two counts of vehicular assault (reckless); two counts of leaving the scene of an

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Park County District Attorney’s race explodes into mud-slinging

The Park County District Attorney’s Office was up for grabs in a recent electoral race; and just before ballots were mailed out, apparently the challenger Dagna Van Der Jagt in conjunction with Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore alleged an ethical violation against the incumbent Thomas LeDoux.  Mr.

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