Criminal Law

Ryan Kalamaya Interviewed by Aspen Daily News

March 11,2020

Ryan Kalamaya spoke to the Aspen Daily News about people who fall between the cracks in the criminal justice system. In Colorado, a person qualifies for a free attorney, provided by the Office of the State Public Defender, only if that person falls below a certain income level. However, many people charged with crimes in […]

Overview of Colorado Minor in Possession Laws

January 25,2019

It’s all fun and X-Games until somebody gets charged with minor in possession of alcohol (MIP). Aspen’s X-Games weekend attracts a notoriously young group of visitors. College students and other youths flock to  Aspen anxious to see the X-Games, attend concerts, and take advantage of reduced-price lift tickets. A recent Aspen Times article, however, reports […]

The Difference Between DUI and DWAI

January 04,2019

What is a DWAI? Most people recognize the acronym “DUI” and know that it stands for “driving under the influence.” Fewer people recognize the term “DWAI” which means “driving while ability impaired.” In Colorado, DWAI is the lesser offense to DUI. From a BAC (blood alcohol content) perspective, DUI is any result .08 or higher. […]

A 10 Step Guide to a Criminal Jury Trial

November 02,2018

Many people expect a jury trial will look like what they see on T.V. In reality, a jury trial is a complex process with many steps. This article presents an overview of generally what to expect from when you set your case for a criminal jury trial through when you get the verdict.   Step […]

Beware of Scam Calls

October 05,2018

Mountain communities report an increase in calls from scammers posing as lawyers, bondsman and jailers asking for money to release a family member ‘in trouble,’ reports a recent article in The Aspen Times. Scammers also pose as local law enforcement agencies to inform the callers that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The […]

How Does a Criminal Case get Transferred to Another State?

September 06,2018

In any vacation destination, local authorities and attorneys are used to handling criminal cases involving people who reside permanently in other states. The questions is: do you have to come back to Colorado in order to resolve your case and complete the terms of your sentence? The short answer is that it depends on the […]

Colorado Releases First Statewide Study on DUIs

August 10,2018

A recent article indicates that men in their 20s accounted for one-third of all DUIs within the state of Colorado, according to numbers from 2016. In approximately 27,000 DUI cases across the state of Colorado, men as a whole made up three-quarters of all DUI defendants. The report came as a result of a bill passed […]

What you Need to Know about Protection Orders

March 02,2018

The press took a recent interest in protection orders when facts came to light regarding allegations of abuse against White House aide, Rob Porter. Though vehemently denying allegations made by his former wives, a copy of a Virginia protection order filled out by Jennifer Willoughby tends to suggest otherwise. In her statement, Ms. Willoughby claims […]

DUIs & Your Driver’s License According to the Colorado DMV

February 01,2016

If your blood or breath alcohol content was between .08 and .15 within two hours after you were driving and it is your first offense, you will be subject to a revocation of your driving privilege. There are different revocation conditions for second offense, you refused a chemical test or your BAC was .150 or […]

What You Should NEVER Do if Arrested

June 19,2015

Following up an earlier post about what you should do if arrested, the below is a list of things that you should never, ever do if you’re arrested. Do not speak— with anyone. Do not say anything about the incident to the police or cellmates. The police will often put an informant in the cell […]

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