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What are hard fraud and soft fraud in relation to insurance?

Many people have various types of insurance to make sure that they are covered in the event of an accident or other unexpected situation. You likely also have insurance that is required by Colorado state law, like car insurance.

Because insurance policies can provide you with funds when an injury or damage-causing incident takes place, you likely appreciate the coverage you have. However, you likely also know that some people may attempt to obtain a payout when they may not necessarily need it, which could constitute insurance fraud.

What could a domestic violence charge mean for your future?

No state, Colorado most definitely included, takes acts of violence against family members or significant others lightly. If you find yourself facing a domestic violence charge, you probably want to know how it could affect you now and in the future. The immediate consequence of a domestic violence accusation is jail time. If a law enforcement authority has any reason to suspect any truth to the accusation, you will go to jail just to remove you from the situation.

How does the state define domestic violence? What are the penalties attached to a conviction on such a charge? Is there any way for you to fight a domestic violence charge?

Facing tax evasion charges? You need a strong defense.

Colorado readers know any type of criminal charge can have a significant and detrimental impact on their futures. Regardless of the nature of your case, you would be wise to take quick action to defend your interests, especially if you are facing financial crime charges or allegations of white collar criminal activities.

One serious type of white collar crime is tax evasion, and if convicted, you could face time behind bars and a myriad of other severe penalties. Whether you are already facing charges or you are currently under investigation, it is beneficial to act quickly to learn how you can defend yourself and effectively confront these charges.

Peer pressure could lead to underage drinking charges

As a parent, you undoubtedly worry a great deal about your child. Though you may have initially thought this worry would lessen over time, you may have only found yourself finding new scenarios to have concerns over. Even as your child reaches the later teenage or even college years, you may still feel apprehensive about the potential for finding him or her in a dangerous situation.

In particular, you may worry that your son or daughter could end up dabbling in underage drinking or drug use. Unfortunately, these issues are a reality. Often, individuals -- of any age -- may feel pressured by their friends or other parties to drink alcohol even though they may not necessarily want to. However, it can be difficult to combat peer pressure, and it can sometimes cause people to act in a manner they might not have normally.

Three tests that can greatly impact your future

If you are driving along a Colorado highway and a police officer pulls you over, you may immediately feel a bit nervous. It seems to be an automatic reaction when red and blue lights flash in a rear view mirror. Just knowing that in a few moments a police officer is going to approach your vehicle may be enough to make you terribly anxious or even afraid. In many situations, an officer may simply issue you some type of warning and tell you that you are free to go.

If, on the other hand, the officer asks you to step out of your car, consider yourself detained. What happens next may determine your future, especially if you had anything to drink in the recent past that contained alcohol. When a police officer suspects you of drunk driving, he or she may ask you to submit to field sobriety tests.

Don't let a criminal charge of embezzlement steal your future

Facing a criminal charge such as embezzlement can understandably be both frightening and humiliating, as a conviction can lead to time behind bars and lost career opportunities. This is especially true for those who are public officials or are often in the public eye.

Fortunately, just because you are facing an embezzlement charge does not mean you are immediately guilty. Before you can receive a conviction, your guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. You have the right to fight the criminal charge vigorously in Colorado.

What's in your child's mug may stir up trouble with the law

If you're the parent of a Colorado teenager (or one in any other state, for that matter) no one needs to tell you how challenging parenting can be. Today's youth face many decisions and situations that were nearly non-existent only a few decades ago. Along with advanced technology comes more independence. If you're like most parents, you probably teach your kids that more privilege also means more responsibility.

It's no secret that teenage years are fertile grounds for learning. Various influences affect the learning process. It's not a question of whether your son or daughter will experience peer pressure, for all teens do at one time or another, but how he or she reacts to the pressures at-hand that determines the outcome of a particular situation, as well as his or her entire future. Needless to say, negative influences often lead to problems involving underage drinking, drugs or other illicit behaviors.

Best defense strategies when facing drug possession charges

You or someone you love in Colorado has been arrested on charges of drug possession. You're scared and confused. You know that a guilty conviction can have serious repercussions on the rest of your life, and you have no idea what comes next. It may offer some consolation to know what possible approaches a lawyer might consider when putting together your criminal defense strategy.

How not to let a DUI charge ruin your college career

If there's one thing you don't want to do when attending college in Colorado, it's get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Sure, you may need to relax and enjoy time with your friends to help de-stress after all your studying and hard work, but being charged with DUI would obviously be counterproductive and may possibly ruin your college life.


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