Category Archives: Lawyer

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Legalizing marijuana in the state of Colorado

The process of legalizing marijuana in Colorado wasn’t as smooth as a lot of people would have wanted.

There were too many hands in the pot for the legislation to be completely clean, so the laws that have been put in place have a few holes, and a few enforcement problems.

This is to be expected when there’s such a socially institutionalized message of destruction that has to be overcome. In time, laws will resolve themselves into statues that can be understood, enforced and lived with by the population of Colorado at large.

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For the time being, the process toward legalization of weed in Colorado is one for the history books. The opportunity for tax revenues to be increased during the end of the international financial crisis was something that politicians and liberal social politicos couldn’t turn away. The chance for what many considered social justice in the pot use community was something they couldn’t stay away from.

And the overall climate of political distrust and disgust in the country at large led to favor from the population, even when they weren’t users of the drugs.

The way the United States processes civil and social change relies heavily on legislation, either from the elected legislators or from the bench, and the chance for people to independently participate in the process of law making is a great benefit to life in the United States.

For the benefit of people who don’t want to have marijuana legalized, there are options for fighting the law, and that’s a great privilege as well.

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Here are a few signs that your lawyer is untrustworthy

Partnering with a lawyer is a little bit like getting married. You can rest assured that, no matter how hard you try, your lawyer will know more about you than your mother will.

At times, the relationship can become contentious, and you may feel uncomfortable with your attorney. However, the opportunity for a real, honest and clear adult relationship may not be present in any other part of your life when you are dealing with criminal charges in the United States criminal defense system.

Much like you would trust your gut in the beginning of any other relationship, your gut feeling about your lawyer should dictate how you proceed.

You cannot have a lawyer that you don’t trust completely during a time of high stress and potential death or incarceration on the line. At the end of the day, this can be more important to your survival, happiness and freedom than any other relationship in your life.

Particularly if you are guilty of the charges brought against you, your ability to communicate well with your lawyer about your case, your lifestyle, and your intentions for your own defense is vitally important.

Here’s a very interesting talk, by Professor Gregory Germain, on the Differences between a good and a bad lawyer:

Any feeling that your lawyer may be playing you for a fool, or providing improper, unsound, or unconsidered advice is a sign that you need to consider.

In general, a defendant’s intuition is tuned to high gear when dealing with a criminal charge or ongoing trial, so paying attention to the messages you get is important.

However, analyzing them critically and thinking about the outcomes can mean that you decide to stay with an attorney, because those feelings of distrust may be reflected from other areas of your life, or from your precarious legal situation.

In short, don’t throw away a good relationship with a solid attorney because you have a suspicious nature at the moment. However, if your lawyer is giving you a good reason to suspect bad behavior, you should run for the hills.