Serving as a member of a jury may not be your first choice of free time activities, but it is an extremely important part of our country's legal process. By selecting the right people, the courts can ensure a fair and unbiased decision making process. However, there are certain state laws and rules that need to be followed to ensure that a fair trial is given, and sometimes these rules result in dismissals. For example, in the recently concluded trial of James Holmes, there were 19 jurors including 7 alternates. However, there were 5 jurors that were dismissed for various reasons.

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For some reason, there always seems to be a lot of misinformation about the rules, regulations, and laws in our country. Part of this is due to the fact that rules are different across different geographic boundaries such as county lines and state lines. To be fair, they do change quite frequently, but usually rumors spread as a message becomes garbled after being spread by word of mouth. One legal area that people seem to have countless questions about is probation.

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Whether you already have your wishes for estate planning, wills, trusts, and life insurance in order, you need to make sure that you name a beneficiary. If you don't, the funds and assets that you set aside for your loved ones could end up in the wrong hands.

This can be especially challenging due the changes the family unit has seen in recent decades. Adoption, divorce, and "non-traditional" family structures are not that uncommon anymore, and you need to make sure that you provide help to your loved ones by naming a beneficiary before you pass.

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Every day, we carry amazing amounts of information and computing power in our pockets or purses. Our smart phones hold a lot of info about us and our lives, and many individuals don't fully understand their rights related to them. In today's technologically supercharged world, you need to understand how the fourth amendment affects your rights to privacy regarding your cell phone—or suffer the consequences.

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While state laws vary greatly across the country, it's fairly well understood that texting and driving is a dangerous habit. Here in Colorado, State and local law enforcement have been cracking down. In addition to more personnel, they are also using more street signs to raise awareness and consciousness.

If you still think you're the exception to the rule, expensive legal repercussions might make you rethink texting and driving and avoid the sometimes horrific consequences of an accident. But what are the actual rules of the road regarding cell phone use?

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Here in Lafayette, we have a great view of the Flatirons just down Baseline Rd. Boulder, Colorado—the startup capital of America—is a destination for many like-minded entrepreneurs looking to start their businesses.

While these individuals may have great ideas and even greater aspirations, there can be many hurdles along the way, not the least of which is just getting started!

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Whether you've been justly or falsely accused of driving under the influence, there are some big mistakes that people commonly make that leave them vulnerable. Getting a DUI can lead to a lot of stress, and it can be difficult to keep a clear mind moving forward. To protect your future, remember the following post-DUI considerations.

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The James Holmes trial began this week. I’m sure many of you out there have opinions about this case, or even about James Holmes as an individual. I’ve got a few things to say that you may, or may not agree with.

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All the way from ease of setup and liability protection, there's a lot to consider when designing your business structure. To help you choose the best option and avoid legal trouble in the long run, we've laid out the basics, advantages, and disadvantages of the 6 common forms business enterprise:

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If Colorado's proposed felony DUI bill is made into a law, the punishment for drunk driving will increase significantly. The proposed bill would mean that a fourth DUI conviction would automatically be charged as a felony, making way for stricter penalties.

The law, which has bipartisan support, would be Colorado's first felony DUI law. Currently, this state is among five others who treat DUIs as misdemeanors. And as it makes its way through legislation, there are some crucial facts everyone should know about Colorado's possible felony DUI law:

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No matter your marital status or financial situation, creating a will is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. Having a will is absolutely necessary to have control over where your assets go and protecting your loved ones from lengthy legal processes and extra stress. Here are the four most important reasons why you should have a will:

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As March approaches, people are getting ready for St. Patrick's Day parades, pub-hopping, and pints. But it's best not to push your luck this year: law enforcement is keeping a close eye on the roads. According the Colorado Department of Transportation, 471 people were arrested on DUI charges across the state last year over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Though that number decreased slightly from the past year, Colorado law enforcement agencies are dedicated to keeping the roads safer than ever. 

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What is the difference between a will and a trust? Which one do you really need? When it comes to handling your assets, you need to understand which legal documents you need to give you and your family peace of mind and control over the distribution of your properties. 

To help pick what's best for you, here's an explanation of the similarities and differences between a will and a trust: 

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The "Wobble" is happening in Colorado. No, it's not that funny dance you saw on Youtube; it's a totally different kind of movement—a legal one, in fact.

During the 2013 legislative session, new Colorado drug laws were created to give people with certain drug felony convictions a chance to lessen their punishment. Part of a general overhaul of Colorado's approach to drug crimes was created with the intention of keeping people convicted with drug possession out of the Department of Corrections. These new laws are nicknamed the "Wobbler Laws."

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I know this post is a little late to the party so to speak - but the ruling from the Supreme Court in June concerning searches of cell phones is simply too important not to discuss.

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It is not hard to imagine that as a criminal defense attorney, I am against capital punishment. But putting aside my career, as a human being I am VERY anti death penalty. The botched execution in Oklahoma is just one of the many reasons why. 

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Okay, we all make mistakes and picking up a DUI or DWAI is a very common mistake that many people make. Though recent years have seen more significant penalties for first time offenders, thankfully a first time offense is still a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, the same may no longer hold true for multiple offenders. A new house bill proposes felony charges in Colorado for people picking up multiple DUI and DWAI offenses. 

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Now that pot is legal for recreational use, it is important to discuss the implications of smoking and driving. A person can absolutely receive what is called a DUID (Driving Under The Influence of Drugs) for having marijuana in their system while driving. In fact people in Colorado have been receiving DUID’s for years. A DUID has many of the same ramifications as receiving a DUI (probation, fines, court costs, job implications, etc.). The one very important distinction between receiving a DUID is there are NO consequences to your driver’s license.

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Now that marijuana is legal for recreational use many people are looking to capitalize on this lucrative venture and work in the industry. January 1, 2014 saw an onslaught of applicants at the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division office located at 455 Sherman Street in Denver with applicants waiting several hours to have their applications processed and often times people were turned away and told to come back. But now the process is now running MUCH smoother and qualified applicants are receiving their licenses in an efficient manner. However, there are certain steps you must take in order to receive the coveted state badge to work in the industry.

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