When someone in Colorado is suspected of engaging in criminal activity involving drugs, he or she may naturally be fearful of being found guilty of the charges filed against him or her. Not only can a criminal conviction ruin the person's reputation, but it can also lead to life-impacting penalties, such as incarceration. The person's criminal defense has a duty to make sure that all of the accused person's rights are defended during the entire legal proceeding.
When you have a criminal conviction in your past, people tend to automatically assume the worst of you when your name comes up in connection with something negative. Even when someone is trying to get his or her life back on track, one accusation can easily turn into a horrible experience. For example, a man who spent 37 years in prison after a controversial double murder trial now stands accused of sexual assault in Colorado. In 1975 the man was convicted of two murders that occurred in 1962. He was given a life sentence, but throughout his time in prison, he maintained his innocence. After receiving much legal support, he was eventually released from prison in November 2012 after pleading no-contest to second-degree murder. The 78-year-old lived with friends and family after his release.