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Are You Violating Colorado's Marijuana Laws?

Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014. Since that time, the state has enjoyed revenue streams in excess of $1 billion from medical and recreational marijuana sales. While Colorado, eight other states and the District of Columbia recognize marijuana as a legal substance, it's important to keep in mind that many states and the federal government do not.

Even within Colorado, there are laws regulating who can and cannot purchase, possess and use marijuana. There are also laws restricting the quantity an individual is allowed to possess. To avoid being arrested and charged with violating the state's marijuana laws, it's important to be informed.

Has Mass Plea Bargaining Turned The Right To A Trial Into A Myth?

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury ... " reads the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet in both state and federal courts, an average of 97 percent of all criminal cases are handled via plea bargain - often a coercively negotiated one with no permanent record or judicial oversight. "This constitutional right, for most, is a myth," wrote U.S. District Judge John Kane in a 2014 case, echoing innumerable other judges, lawyers and academics who see an urgent need for reform.

The Atlantic covered the issue admirably in a recent article. Here are a few high points:

When Domestic Disputes Result In Criminal Charges

We all know that relationships between family members, spouses, roommates and exes can be complicated and, at times, become strained. When emotions run high, both parties may say or do things that they don't mean and later regret. If you were involved in a domestic argument or dispute and are now facing criminal charges of domestic violence, you need to understand what those charges mean and potentially what's at stake.

Facing DUI Charges? There Is Hope.

Every DUI case involves a unique set of circumstances. There are, however, common issues that often affect the outcome of a case and that a defense attorney will closely examine to devise a strong defense strategy.

To improve the chances of procuring a successful outcome in your DUI case, it's important to be forthcoming and honest with your attorney about yourself, your circumstances and what happened during a traffic stop.

Social Media And Criminal Evidence: What You Need To Know

The vast majority of social media enthusiasts use platforms like Instagram and Facebook to connect with friends and share snippets of everyday life. For some, however, their use of social media has evolved into much more.

Today, social media is readily used by everyone from retailers who want to connect with customers to political activists who wish to enact change in the world. As the use and utility of these platforms broadens, questions are being raised about social media's effect on crime and vice versa.

5 signs of nursing home neglect or abuse

If you cannot care for an aging loved one on your own, a nursing home is the perfect alternative where your loved one can get the professional medical care he or she needs to have a better quality of life. When you choose a nursing home, you essentially place your trust in an institution that promises to give residents all the dignity, care and respect they deserve throughout their final years. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Psychological and physical damage is often the result of not receiving proper care when in a nursing home. If you are concerned that someone you love is being abused or neglected in an institution, watch for the following five signs.

What is racial discrimination in the workplace?

If you feel you were denied a job or are mistreated at your current job because of your color or race, you may be dealing with a case of racial discrimination in the workplace. This type of discrimination comes in different forms and can often be hard to pinpoint. When an employee or applicant is treated unfairly because of color or personal characteristics associated with race (facial features, skin color or hair texture), then it may be a case of racial discrimination. Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, race or color cannot affect pay, job assignments, hiring, firing, promotions, training, layoff, fringe benefits and any other employment conditions.

5 rights pregnant women should have at work

Congratulations on getting pregnant! As a dedicated employee, though, you likely have concerns about how you'll be treated in the workplace now that you're expecting. Thankfully, several federal laws like the Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act protect pregnant women's rights in the workplace. Whether your employer or boss adheres to these laws, however, can create tension during your pregnancy.

Truck drivers must fight fatigue

The cause of most truck accidents is driver fatigue, and research points to long work hours without enough recovery time as the reason for those accidents. In an effort to reduce the annual number of large truck crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new regulations on the number of hours that truckers may operate their vehicles.

5 ways to protect yourself before a divorce

Divorces can be life-altering for everyone involved. Whether you've been married for five years or 50, the negative effects can be the same. As you work on finding your new normal, it's important that you take care of yourself, even if the emotional damage seems too much to handle at the time. If you were expecting the divorce or are the spouse who wanted it, you have time to prepare. If you were blindsided, you'll want to take steps to protect your future and best interests quickly.

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