According to The Gazette, the state has found, through an audit, that a significant number of convicted sex offenders in Colorado are not receiving the treatment that they are mandated under a law that was enacted fifteen years ago. The law requires lifetime supervision for anyone convicted of sex offenses in Colorado, but currently a number of Colorado inmates who should be receiving treatment are not, which is lengthening their prison terms. There are currently more than 1000 inmates who have passed their original parole eligibility dates but are not able to be paroled because they have not been able to begin treatment. The cost to taxpayers of this failure to provide treatment is estimated at roughly $30 million annually.
It is not unusual for draconian laws regarding the punishment of criminals to be enacted, particularly when a problem garners widespread public attention. For example, it is very easy to get the average Coloradan to agree that sex offenders deserve severe punishment. However, these laws are sometimes drafted in a way that ignores certain realities. For example, if everyone who is classified as sex offender is subject to lifetime supervision, what exactly does that mean? Are people who are not dangerous being subjected to an infringement of their privacy? And at what cost?
Contact dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen today to protect your rights if you have been accused of a crime. Whether you have made a terrible mistake or you have been accused of a crime that you didn’t commit, you have rights, and protecting those rights requires knowledge, skill, and dedication. Contrary to the way that, frankly, many people feel, everyone accused of a crime in the United States has constitutional rights, including the presumption of innocence. Sarah Christensen has been a practicing Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney for many years, and knows how to protect you and get the best possible outcome to a terrible situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah today at (917)634-7770.
In a highly publicized court case, Franklin Sain is scheduled to be arraigned in in connection with harassment charges based on messages he sent to a state legislator, according to the Denver Post. Sain sent a series of emails to state Representative Rhonda Fields in connection with her support of gun control measures that used profanity, and sexual and racial epithets. One email said that he hoped Fields, whose son was murdered a number of years ago, would meet the same fate as a United States congresswoman who was shot in the head. The charges against Sain claim that he threatened Representative Fields, and that he also sent her an unsigned letter overtly threatening her safety. Sain’s attorney says that Sain did not write or send that letter, and that there may be DNA evidence supporting that claim.
One issue in this case may be the line between a citizen’s freedom of speech and the safety of a public official. Based on information publicly available, it is not clear whether the emails that Sain admits to sending cross that line. It is important to remember that the lines of decency and good taste are very different from the lines of criminal behavior. Also at issue appears to be whether or not Sain wrote the unsigned letter that investigators attribute to him. It is sometimes easy for evidence to be used falsely against a defendant, and it is vital that the person accused have a dedicated, knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney on his or her side.
Contact Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen today if you have been accused of a crime in Colorado. Whether you have been accused of a crime you didn’t commit, or have made a terrible mistake, your right to aggressive criminal defense is one of the most fundamental tenets of our justice system. Sarah has helped countless Coloradans to get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation, gaining valuable experience over the course of her career. She will fight hard for every client, working for a dismissal of charges or acquittal at trial. In the event of a conviction, she will still work hard to secure the most lenient possible penalty. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Sarah today at (719)634-7770.
According to The Denver Post, there was a shoot out involving two cars in Colorado Springs. There were minor injuries when two people were caught in the crossfire between the two cars. There were 3 occupants in the car that were caught in the crossfire. Two of those occupants were injured when their car’s windows were shot out. They were sent to the hospital for minor injuries caused by flying glass. The third passenger of the car was unharmed. All three victims reported that their car was hit by gun fire when two other vehicles were driving down the road shooting out the windows at each other. Police are investigating the scene and searching for the two cars involved in the shoot out. The police are asking the public for help in the investigation. No victims or suspects are being named at this time and no fatalities from gun wounds were reported.
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The Bureau of Justice reports that in 2009 22% of violent crimes the offender was armed with a gun, knife or other object that could be used as a weapon. Violent crimes that were reported in 2009 8% of the offenders used a firearm to commit the crime. The most common type of crimes where an offender used a firearm were robberies and car jacking. Over 45% of robberies involved a firearm. 28 percent of arrests for robberies had firearm charges involved in the case. Between 1993 and 1997 28% of nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm. An additional 4% of violent crimes with a firearm resulted in injury and less than 1% resulted in a gunshot wound to either the violent offender or a victim. There were 5% of simple or aggravated assault involving a weapon in 2009. Most violent crimes did not involve a weapon, but 22% of violent crimes involved an offender with a weapon, guns made up 8% of the weapons used.
If you have made a terrible mistake or are being falsely accused of a crime it is important to protect your rights. Contact Sarah Christensen a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer who is dedicated to helping each of her clients receive the most lenient charge for any mistake they have made. It is important to always take a criminal charge seriously. There are many court appearances that are required if you have been charged with a crime. Sarah can protect your rights as you go through the judicial system and make court appearances. She may be able to have the charges dismissed, or even prevent you from being arrested at all. Her experience has given her a thorough understanding of how to design a defense based on the details of your particular case. Don’t face criminal charges by yourself and risk not protecting your rights. To contact Sarah Christensen a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer or for more information and a FREE phone consultation call (719) 634-7770 today.
CBS Denver reported that in Lone Tree there was a fatal hit and run crash on C-470. The reports indicated that the crash involved two vehicles. There was a white sedan and another SUV involved in the crash. According to police reports the SUV drove over the top of the white sedan killing the driver of that vehicle. The SUV then left the scene of the crime. The owner of the SUV involved in the crash reported that the car had been stolen after she drove two gentlemen home from a party. The owner of the SUV is being held under arrest. There were two suspects in the car according a witness to the scene. Alcohol is suspected to be a reason for the accident.
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According to data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving 1 in every 3 traffic fatalities is due to drunk driving. Over 10,200 people died in alcohol impaired crashes in 2010. This is a lower rate than in 2009 and 2008. Over 32,000 people have died in alcohol related crashes from 2008 to 2011. California, Texas and Florida are the highest ranked states for alcohol crashes resulting in fatalities. However, Colorado had over 400 deaths in alcohol impaired crashes. In November of 2010, over 174 people died in just that month, in the United States, due to drunk driving accidents. Every minute, 52 people lose their lives to a drunk driving accident. MADD recognizes that drunk driving is a serious problem all over the nation.
In Colorado the legal limit is: if you are under the age of 21, a blood alcohol content of 0.02%. However, if you are a minor you can be charged with possession of alcohol while underage. If you are over 21, any BAC over 0.08% will get you a DUI but, at a BAC of 0.05% you will be charged with a DWAI (driving while ability impaired). Colorado is unique in their laws about driving under the influence because Colorado also has a Driving While Ability Impaired law which makes it illegal to drive with a 0.8 percent BAC. Most other states consider a BAC of 0.08% or below as driving impaired and will not charge you with a DUI or DWAI.
If you have been charged with a DUI and are facing the judicial system do not face it alone. Contacting a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer today can help make sure that you are protecting your rights. Facing the judicial system by yourself can cause a lot of stress. When facing a DUI there are a lot of options that you have for what tests you preform and how you plea. Make sure that you are properly informed about all your options by calling a dedicated defense attorney today. When you get a DUI there are also many court appearances that must be made and it is important that you are properly represented at these proceedings. Don’t let your criminal charges take over your life, let an experienced attorney like Sarah Christensen help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal case. Call today to start your defense (719) 634-7770.
According to the Gazette, a burglary attempt was stopped when the burglar broke into a house with residents inside. The would-be burglar was sent to Memorial Hospital after a fight ensued at the residence in question. The police came to the scene after the fight had broken out and medical crews had already been called. Another man who was involved in the brawl was treated on site with minor injuries. The report says that the burglar broke in and confronted the people inside the residence. This is when the burglar and another man got into a physical altercation. Shortly after was when the supposed burglar was stabbed. The extent of injuries of the would-be burglar are unknown as well as property damages. An investigation is underway.
Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that Colorado Springs had over 3,000 burglaries in 2011. Based on the population in 2011 roughly 7 houses out of every 1000 were burglarized. There was over 15,000 reports of property crime. In comparison with Denver property crime is almost as high even though Colorado Springs population is a little less than half of Denver’s.
If you have been wrongly charged with a crime, you should contact aColorado Springs criminal defense attorney. Facing a criminal charge it can be very intimidating. By contacting a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney you are insuring that your rights are being protected. Whether you made a terrible mistake or being accused of a crime you did not commit the Law Offices of Sarah Christensen can help you. A criminal record can ruin your life, defend your case. Contact Sarah Christensen today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION!!!
An auto shop was closed by police after being accused of cheating customers in various ways, according to The Gazette. Some of the practices that the shop has been accused of include: using cheap parts while charging customers for expensive parts, charging for unauthorized and unnecessary repairs, and charging customers to get their cars back. They have had many complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau, have been sued by creditors 10 times in recent months, and have been subject to large fines by federal regulators. Now, they are facing investigation for financial crimes.
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Charges of financial crime are very serious charges; in some cases they stem from a business clearly taking advantage of customers or investors. Unfortunately, because the charges often involve extremely complex accounting and financial data, the evidence can sometimes seem to point to someone other than the perpetrator of the crime. Defending against charges of economic crime requires an attorney who possesses dedication to her clients, as well as the resources to bring in experts to conduct an independent investigation.
If you are facing charges of financial crime, contact an experienced, dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. Sarah Christensen fights hard for each client, ensuring that their rights are respected and protected, as well as working for the best possible outcome to a bad situation. Whether you have made a terrible mistake or been accused of something that you did not do, speak with the Colorado Springs criminal defense law firm of Sarah Christensen today. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, call (719)634-7770.
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Fireworks, barbecues, swimming in the pool or the lake, and generally enjoying the company of family and friends: this is how millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day. The 4th of July is an excellent time to celebrate all of the things that we hold dear, and consider important, as Americans. For many adults, that celebration will include a beer, or a glass of wine, or some other alcoholic beverage. Hopefully, everyone will remember to ensure that they have a safe ride home at the end of the day’s festivities. Unfortunately, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports that in 2011, more people were killed in drunk-driving accidents in July than in any other month. We do need to remember, as we celebrate our freedom, that we also have a duty to behave responsibly, and not to do anything that will endanger the lives of others.
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As usual, the Colorado State Patrol, in cooperation with more than 80 other law enforcement agencies across the state, is running it’s annual DUI enforcement campaign: “The Heat is On.” The goal of eliminating drunk driving, and the unnecessary pain and suffering that is involved in fatal drunk-driving accidents is certainly a good one. However, the methods that police often use to work toward that goal can violate the rights of Coloradans. One of the things that we celebrate on the 4th of July is the fact that we as Americans have certain rights, even when accused of crimes said Greeley DUI attorney Thomas Grant.
If you have been charged with a DUI, speak with a dedicated Colorado Springs DUI defense attorney immediately. Sarah Christensen has defended countless Coloradans accused of DUI, and possesses a thorough understanding of both the criminal and administrative repercussions. From ensuring that illegally obtained evidence is thrown out, to minimizing the penalty in the event of a conviction, to working to avoid or minimize driver’s license suspension, Sarah is a dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney who works hard for the best possible outcome for every client. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact the Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.
Sarah Christensen has more than twenty-five years of experience in the courtrooms of Colorado, successfully defending cases including DUI, robbery, assault and murder.
Sarah believes that you have the right to an active and thorough defense, and she handles every case with personal and focused attention. Sarah will be at your side through each stage of the process, safeguarding your rights as you navigate the system together.
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After receiving her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, Sarah worked as a legal investigator and a public defender before establishing her private law practice in 1995. She currently represents clients across Colorado including El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, Lake and Park counties.
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