Most people in Colorado and across the United States gain their knowledge about criminal justice from books, television and movies. However, criminal law can be intimidating, and those who are accused of committing crimes might have many questions. The arrest process for any of the different types of crimes can be a humiliating and scary experience, especially if it is a first offense.
An accident in Colorado on a recent Friday evening left one person dead and another one arrested. Criminal charges were filed against a 55-year-old pickup truck driver who is accused of causing the crash. Police in Colorado Springs are urging eyewitnesses to call and provide any information that might help the investigation.
There is no simple answer to the question of what constitutes a crime. The criminal justice system includes federal, state and local laws. Federal laws are passed by the U.S. Congress, and apply to people nationwide. State, city and county governing bodies in California pass local laws or ordinances, some of which also denote violations of criminal law.
Many missteps of juveniles in Colorado are not planned crimes. Peer pressure and the need to fit in and be popular lead many teenagers astray and unprepared for the consequences when their actions lead to arrests and convictions. Entering adulthood with already established criminal records can jeopardize college applications, job applications, obtaining credit and rental agreements.
Colorado police claim a robber returned for more within two hours of robbing a Dairy Queen outlet. They received an emergency call about a robbery in progress at approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Monday. The caller claimed the robber was threatening the staff at the store with several guns.
Police report that luggage of travelers was stolen off the Denver International Airport's baggage carousels on 16 different occasions during 2018. When a Bennett man reported that his bag did not turn up on the carousel after he returned from a trip in November, a detective told him that a suspected serial thief likely took it. Records indicate that the estimated losses of the victims total almost $30,000.
A 39-year-old man who was recently arrested in Colorado Springs is now facing kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. He will likely recognize the severity of potential consequences in the event of a conviction on criminal charges and rely upon the support of experienced legal counsel. He was taken into custody following an incident on a recent Thursday.
Whenever anyone in Colorado is taken into custody, there will likely be a lot at stake. Facing criminal charges could threaten the accused person's freedom and his or her legal rights. A conviction could cause severe damage to a person's future and create barriers during loan and housing applications, career opportunities, and rights to freedom.
A suspect in several cases of attempted burglaries in Colorado was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries caused by a canine officer during an arrest on a recent Thursday evening. That person is now facing criminal charges. According to a police report, officers responded to a gun store after the security alarm was activated. This followed an incident in which two of the store's windows were broken during an attempted burglary.
Spending the holidays behind bars is not something wished on anyone. However, it happens, and people get arrested and locked up, regardless of what time of the year it is. Colorado Springs police arrested three individuals in the early morning hours of a recent Thursday after what they say was a crime spree earlier that morning.