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Pornography - A Powerful Force in Your Life - Get Help Accountability Group for Men

Pornography provides a "high", just like drugs do. When you ingest cocaine, your body triggers the chemical release of dopamine, serotonin (gives you confidence) and norepinephrine (which gives you energy). Similar properties are also released into your system when you use porn. While these positive properties accompany both drug and pornography use, there is a price to pay with both. Each of these quickly creates an addiction or dependency so strong that rational thought no longer rules the user's decision making. The use of these addictive substances is also accompanied by natural consequences society seeks to avoid.  To help avoid these devastating consequences, a no-cost Denver men's pornography / support group can be found by calling Greg at 303-204-7573.

Cruelty to Animals in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-9-202

Cruelty to Animals is often overcharged by police in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County in Colorado. According to Colorado Revised Statute 18-9-202, Animal Cruelty is charged when a person allegedly does one of the following to an animal: overdrives, overworks, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, houses in a manner that results in chronic or repeated serious injury, confines or carries in or upon vehicles in a cruel or reckless manner, or mistreats or neglects any animal. The list goes on and on.

Sexual Assault - Colorado Springs Fire Volunteer: C.R.S. 18-3-402

A man who volunteered to fight this summer's Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs has been accused of sexually assaulting another volunteer (Sexual Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-402). The woman accusing this man says that the two went out for dinner and drinks with a group, and the two stayed at the bar alone after everyone left. They went back to their hotel together, which is where the assault is alleged to have occurred, and she believes that he drugged her sometime while they were at the bar. This man has been charged with class 4 felony sexual assault by the El Paso County District Attorney's Office.

MIP: Possession / Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol - Underage Person, C.R.S. 18-13-122

Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol by an Underage Person - (C.R.S. 18-13-122) is better known in Colorado as "Minor in Possession" of alcohol, or simply MIP. This statue makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume or even possess alcohol in Denver, Adams County, Littleton, Aurora, or anywhere in Colorado.

Is Murder Justice for an Alleged Sex Offender?

A Colorado Springs girl that pled guilty to Manslaughter (C.R.S. 18-3-104) was given two years of probation and mandatory counseling in exchange for a guilty plea. Her victim's body was shot multiple times and found by a park maintenance worker on a trail near Palmer Park in El Paso County. So why was she allowed to plead to Manslaughter in a clear case of First Degree Murder (C.R.S. 18-3-102)? Why the light sentence? We learned a few weeks after the body was found that her victim was about to stand trial for Sex Assault on a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (C.R.S. 18-6-701), and she was his alleged victim.

False Imprisonment in Colorado (C.R.S. 18-3-303)

A Weld County woman is serving three years in prison for the False Imprisonment (C.R.S. 18-3-303) of her 14 year old son. Around October of last year (2011), the story came out about this Erie, Colorado woman that kept her son locked in a trailer, letting him out three times a day, and feeding him only once a day. I don't know the details and I am never convinced that the news will print the whole story, but either way, this one falls into the extreme category. It is easier to get charged with this crime than doing what the Weld County woman is reported to have done.

Colorado Lawyer - Criminal Mischief, C.R.S. 18-4-501

In Jefferson, Arapahoe, or Adams County, Colorado, Criminal Mischief (C.R.S. 18-4-501) is also referred to as the Property Damage or Vandalism statute. How much damage determines which class of crime will be charged. If there is less than $500.00 damage, it will be charged as a class 2 misdemeanor. However, if the damage is $20,000.00 or more, Criminal Mischief is charged as a much more serious class 3 felony. These are the extremes, and there are varying levels of charges in between.

Colorado Fraud by Check (Check Fraud), C.R.S. 18-5-205

The Colorado Fraud by Check (Check Fraud) statute, C.R.S. 18-5-205, contains all the elements a prosecutor must prove in court before someone can be found guilty of this crime. The standard is the same for a person charged in Arapahoe, Denver, Adams, or Douglas County. It is not enough to simply show that a person bounced a check. The prosecutor must prove each of the elements listed below.  This crime can also be charged as Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, when goods or services are taken without payment.  Depending on the amount, it can result in a felony.

Theft of Food? Hungry Arvada Man: Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401

The Arvada Police were recently dispatched to a local Safeway to investigate an alleged Theft (C.R.S. 18-4-401). According to an employee of the Colorado store, a man left the store without paying for a cart of groceries. When the employee confronted the alleged perpetrator, the man said he needed to eat and then ran away with the groceries. The store could not yet tell the Arvada Police what the total value of the items taken was.

Forensics Crime Lab Under Construction - Northern Colorado

Police in Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins, and the Larimer Sheriff's Department and the Weld County Sheriff's Department, are building their own forensics / sciences crime lab just west of Greeley. The need has arisen as serious cases like Sexual Assault (C.R.S. 18-3-402), Homicide and computer crimes involving DNA and other forensic evidence are on the increase, and CBI is too busy to be responsive to statewide demand. In some cases, it can take over a year to get evidence analyzed with CBI.

Colorado's Rapid Growth of Sexual Assault on a Child Charges

Never mind those ACT scores, Colorado's children are smart. They watch TV and talk with their friends. They know police have a strong inclination to believe Sexual Assault on a Child allegations in Denver and Douglas County, C.R.S. 18-3-405. They know that prosecutors will believe them. What kid would lie about such a horrible thing, right?

Colorado Firearms Rights vs. the 2nd Amendment

In Colorado, the Second Amendment is implicated in criminal cases like Menacing, C.R.S. 18-3-206, Prohibited Use of Weapons, 18-12-106, and Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender, C.R.S. 18-12-108. Each of these crimes tugs at Constitutional rights to possess firearms vs. legitimate public protections from those exercising their rights in an irresponsible manner.

Prohibited Use of Weapons, C.R.S. 18-12-106

How easy is it to get charged with Prohibited Use of Weapons, C.R.S. 18-12-106, in Douglas or Arapahoe County? If you talk with our clients, you'll learn it is shockingly easy. One man was target practicing on his personal property in a rural area and was put in handcuffs. Or you can speak with another client that tried to scare a bear away from his campsite by shooting into the ground, and was arrested in Jefferson County for Prohibited Use of Weapons.

Colorado Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302

In August, a Boulder high school teacher was arrested for Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302. Several news reports carried the story of the allegations concerning the teacher visiting garage sales wearing shorts with no underwear. The allegations state that he would kneel down, make eye contact with a person then turn his body to expose his genitals.

Colorado Computer Forensics - Reading Hard Drive History

Unless you have used a product like Drive Scrubber 3, which overwrites deleted files, your hard drive likely contains a history of every file ever created, accessed or downloaded. Notice that I did not say which "you" have created, accessed or downloaded? It does not matter who is operating your computer when a file is viewed and then deleted. Yet, there is a presumption among police, computer forensics personnel and prosecutors in Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County, that any files found on your computer hard drive are possessed by you. We generally encounter this issue in Sexual Exploitation of a Child cases, C.R.S. 18-6-403, in Adams, Jefferson and Weld County.

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Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

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