Are Federal Sentencing Guidelines Mandatory?


When a judge or jury convicts an individual of a crime, their legal punishment for that crime is known as their “sentence.” Sentences in criminal convictions typically involve one or more combinations of incarceration, probation, parole, and fines. While judges have some leeway in sentencing decisions in state and local courts, many crimes, such as…

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What Are the Penalties for Crimes of Violence in Colorado?


Facing any criminal charge in Colorado is serious, but a charge of a crime of violence is especially grave, with very serious life-long consequences. While a presiding judge has options for penalties for other felony convictions—including choosing community corrections or probation over incarceration—a conviction for a violent crime comes with stiff mandatory penalties. Judges have…

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Can I Get a DUI for Being Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana?


Public and medical opinions on the legalized use of cannabis have changed dramatically in the last decade. Data from the American Medical Association finds that two-thirds of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for adult use and even greater numbers approve of its medical use. Patients with qualifying medical conditions in Colorado may gain a registry…

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