Long-Term Consequences of a Criminal Conviction


Completing a sentence after a criminal conviction is a wonderful feeling. You served your time, met the requirements for release, and completed probation. It’s time to put your past mistakes behind you and move forward with a new outlook on life now that you’ve learned to value your freedom. But what happens when the new-found…

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Sealing Vs Expunging Criminal Records in Colorado


Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes those past mistakes are serious and have long-term implications. When a past mistake or bad judgment results in a criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life it can have long-term impacts on your educational opportunities, career, and relationships. It may even make it difficult to rent…

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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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