How do you calculate loss of enjoyment of life in a personal injury case?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A judge or jury will consider a host of different factors to help calculate the appropriate damage amount for the loss of enjoyment of life. Some of these are: the age of the injured person, the injured party’s educational background and work history, the severity of the injuries, the future consequences of the injury, and the nature of the activity that has been lost.

When Can Bail be Denied Altogether?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

A judge can deny bail if an offense is punishable by death, if there is a parole hold, or if there is a public safety exception. The "public safety exception" allows preventive detention. It applies to certain classes of felonies and felony sexual assault offenses. If the charge is for any other offense, bail must be set as a matter of right.

What is a Motion to Quash a Warrant?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

A motion to quash a warrant is a request for a court to find a warrant, or part of a warrant, invalid. Quash means to nullify, void or declare invalid. The two most common types of warrants are search warrants and arrest warrants.

Juvenile Arraignment Process in Denver

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The juvenile arraignment process in Denver is where minors get officially charged with a crime. It is substantially different from the arraignment process for adults. Many juvenile cases do not go through the arraignment process. These cases get resolved informally, instead.

What is the “last clear chance” doctrine?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

The “last clear chance” doctrine is a legal rule that says: in personal injury cases, in which both the plaintiff and defendant were responsible for causing an injury/accident, the plaintiff can still recover damages from the defendant, if the defendant had a chance to avoid injuring the plaintiff in the final moments before the accident. This doctrine is used in states that use contributory negligence laws. These laws state that someone who was even a little at fault for an accident, even a plaintiff, cannot recover any damages in a personal injury case.

Recording Police in Colorado

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Colorado, you are allowed to record and videotape the police in public. However, this right is not absolute. You can still be arrested for other, “catchall” offenses like disorderly conduct (CRS 18-9-106) or obstruction of justice if you disobey police commands. If you are unlawfully arrested for videotaping police, you can file a lawsuit under a new Colorado law.

Can a passenger in a car get charged with DUI?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are situations when the so-called “passenger” of a vehicle can be charged with DUI. These are when: the passenger helps steer the vehicle, the drunk driver switches seats with the passenger, and the arresting officer is not sure who drove the car.

Can I Secretly Record Conversations in Colorado?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Aug 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Colorado, you can secretly record conversations that involve you. This applies to in-person conversations and conversations on the phone. If you are not a party in the conversation, it can be illegal. It can also be illegal if the person you are talking to is in a different state. You could be prosecuted for wiretapping or for eavesdropping. You could also be sued by the people in the conversation.

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