Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin

Website URL: http://www.mattmartinlaw.com

Colorado Job Protection

Colorado Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013 Signed Into Law!

Well, its about time. On May 6, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013. This law, which is located at C.R.S. 24-34-405, remedies a woeful situation for employees who are victims of intentional discriminatory and unfair employment practices in Colorado companies with less than 15 employees.

How Can You Represent That Man?

AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER, I OFTEN HEAR AN ASTONISHED, “HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT A MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A CHILD?!”

This is how.

In a recent jury trial, I am sitting by my client Joe Smith (all names in this post are fictitious), in a room full of strangers, including potential jurors. Above us all, between the American and Colorado flags, sits Judge Thompson, in a nondescript black robe that nonetheless conveys ultimate authority in the courtroom. Two plainclothes deputies sit behind us, ready to spring into action should Joe attempt to escape or should someone attack him.

It begins.

“My name is Judge Thompson. The matter before you today is a criminal case. The defendant, Joe Smith, is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child.” They hate us, now, I think, for interrupting their daily routines for this despised crime. She continues, "The defendant has pleaded not guilty."
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