On May 7, a shooting incident at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado caused the death of one student and injuries to eight others. In a recent preliminary hearing, the judge ruled that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to proceed with taking the case against the 19-year-old alleged participant to trial. Reportedly, the defendant claims to have been coerced into committing violent crimes by his 15-year-old friend, who was alleged to have pulled the trigger.
Pueblo County deputies arrested a Colorado man for arson and attempted murder. These violent crimes charges concern an incident in which the 44-year-old man is accused of starting a house fire that could have caused the deaths of the occupants. Reportedly, the deputies were called to the scene of a burning house in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday.
Colorado Springs police responded to a report of armed robbery in the early morning hours of a recent Tuesday. Two individuals were later arrested for suspected violent crimes. Harming someone or attempting, threatening or conspiring to harm someone could be seen as violent crimes, which typically involve robbery, rape or homicide. These acts often include the use of handguns or any other firearms or dangerous weapons.
A 72-year-old Colorado Springs resident was recently arrested for a murder that took place 45 years ago. Advances in DNA technology have led to skilled criminal law attorneys being called upon more and more to defend individuals who are arrested for violent crimes in cold cases. This follows another recent arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer for a murder that was committed 26 years ago.
Anyone in Colorado who faces criminal charges will know that a conviction could mean time in prison. If it involves violent crimes, the consequences can be life changing, including a felony record that will follow a convict forever. Many people might not realize that causing a fatal crash while under the influence of alcohol constitutes a violent crime, even if there was no intention to kill anybody.
At about 3 a.m. on May 18, two juveniles allegedly entered a donut shop in Colorado Springs. They would ultimately be accused of committing violent crimes. Employees of the store claim the two teenagers ordered them to put their hands up, get down on the ground and hand over the cash. They allege that one of the pair became impatient when the cash register was not opened quick enough, and he purportedly struck the employee over the head with his firearm. The gun went off, but no one was hit.
When anybody in Colorado is accused of a crime that involves a weapon, it is typically extremely serious. The reason for this is that the law generally presumes that an individual who possesses a weapon had the intention to use it for other violent crimes. Even attempts to create fear of serious injury in another person by pointing a firearm can lead to severe punishment.
Convictions on criminal charges can lead to many years of incarceration, along with a criminal record and other consequences that can have a severely negative impact on the individuals. However, the laws in Colorado adhere to the presumption of innocence, and the burden is on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This will also be the case for a recently arrested man who is accused of violent crimes.
Colorado residents in the Pilgrim Downs community were ordered by deputies to stay indoors on a recent Wednesday evening. This followed the discovery of a dead body while law enforcement responded to a call about a suspected home invasion. An incident report indicates that police received a call about a possible break-in at approximately 10:30 p.m. Upon checking the residence for burglars, deputies came across the victim's lifeless body, and the possibility of further violent crimes caused the call for the residents to remain inside their homes.
For a person to be convicted of a criminal charge in Colorado, the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant has the right to present a defense during the trial to raise a reasonable doubt. This will be a challenging process, particularly in cases involving violent crimes.