Venture Capital Firm Investing in Cannabis Breathalyzer

Hound Labs is making a breathalyzer for use by police that detects THC, the psychoactive substance in cannabis. The goal is for the breathalyzer to function just like an alcohol breathalyzer. The real story, however, is that more businesses are trying to cash in on legal cannabis through ancillary means. Until now, most investment surrounding the cannabis industry has been in the direct grow process.
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Cite: 5/23/2017, Melia Robinson, Business Insider
Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/hound-labs-marijuana-breathalyzer-2017-5

Denver Jury Convicts 3 for Violating Homeless Camping Ban

The three then homeless individuals were convicted of violating Denver’s law banning camping on public property. The three have since called the ban a “survival ban” as they claim the law only allows them to wear basic clothes to deal with the elements. The sentences for all three included fines and probation. Randy Russell, one of the defendants who is still homeless, is just hoping he won’t be cited again. City officials have said there is enough space in shelters to house Denver’s homeless population, but people who have pets or do not want to follow shelter rules cannot stay in them. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Contact our Denver office today for a Free consultation.

Cite: Colleen Slevin, Associated Press, 4/5/2017

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/denver-homeless-advocates-violating-camping-ban-46602847

Your driving record may be more important than you think

New information reveals that insurance companies use your driving record to when determining risk. This is not news when it comes to your auto insurance premium, but it does come as a surprise to some that your driving record could be a factor in your Life Insurance and Home Owners Insurance policies. Based on 7.4 million vehicle records from 2006 to 2010 crossed referenced with death records from 2007 to 2010, companies found correlation between a person driving record and likelihood of death. For example, people with serious violations, such as DUI, had a 71% higher death rate than people of the same age with clean driving records or minor violations. In this digital age, your driving record is becoming increasingly important. If you are charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, or any other type of traffic offense, call our office. We can help keep your record clean. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.

Cite: Barbara Marquand, USA Today, 1/13/2017

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/01/13/your-driving-record-insurance-companies-crystal-ball/96471612/

Denver Criminal Court Main Entrance Open

The main entrance to the Lindsey Flanigan Denver Criminal Courthouse is finally back open. Security lines remain long on Monday’s and Tuesday’s so show up early and bring as little as possible to speed through security.

https://www.denvercountycourt.org/lindsey-flanigan-courthouse/

Colorado Bar Association’s To Take on Sexism in the Courtroom

In many states, there are already protections in place. In San Jose California, an Attorney who made a sexist comment to Attorney Lori Rifkin was fined for $250. The Attorney was fined for tell Ms. Rifkin “Don’t raise your voice a me. It’s not becoming of a woman.”

In 2016 there are still numerous incidents of sexist remarks. One cause may be a that a disproportionate about of Trial Attorneys are male. Attorney’s often use tactics to scare and intimidate an opponent, and sexist comments would be low-hanging fruit. Whatever the cause, sexism has no place in the Courtroom. $250 might not be enough to prevent future incidents.

The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.

Cite: Elizabeth Olson, The New York Times, 8/4/2016
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/business/dealbook/sexual-harassment-ban-is-on-the-abas-docket.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Labels Like ‘Felon’ Are an Unfair Life Sentence

The Obama administration has worked over several years to steer the country away from policies that deny tens of millions of people with criminal records jobs, housing, education, consumer credit, professional licenses and other tools they need to forge viable, productive lives. When a person is convicted of a felony, there is ana associated sentence to be served as punishment. What is not often discussed is that the offender continues to be punished well after their sentence has finished. They are labelled as a “felon” or “convict.” These labels can and often do prevent those convicted of crimes from living normal, lawful lives. The conviction sentenced them to a lifetime of being labelled a danger and unwanted member of society. An initiative by the Federal Inter-agency Reentry Council- a group of more than 20 government agencies- seeks to change the way we view those convicted of crimes. Instead of calling them “felons” and “convicts” the agency hoped to change the title to “people who have committed crimes,” a bulky, hard-to-say label that will remind lawful citizens that while the person in question committed a crime, they have also served their sentence and should be welcomed back into society. The alternative is to damn these people to a lifetime of poverty, and more often than not, a return to crime. It is imperative that the nation take a more rehabilitative outlook on those who have committed crimes. The retributory outlook our society currently holds in unsustainable. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the area of Criminal Defense. If you have been convicted of a crime and have completed your sentence, we may be able to seal your case. Call our office today for a Free Consultation.

Cite: The Editorial Board, The New York Times, 5/7/2016

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/labels-like-felon-are-an-unfair-life-sentence.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Fewer People Charged with Driving High

Since Colorado legalized cannabis (marijuana) in 2014, The Colorado State Patrol has kept records of those arrested for driving with THC (the pyscho-active chemical found in marijuana) in their system. In 2015, 665 of 4,546 those charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol or Both had active THC in their system. That number is down 1.3% of the total from 2014. The State Patrol began tracking marijuana-specific citations in what is called “a new era of impaired driving.” One of the fears of legalization is that the number of impaired drivers would spike. This new evidence suggests that this may not be the case. Those caught Driving Under the Influence of THC face the same penalties as those driving under the influence of alcohol: hefty fines, a suspended license, alcohol treatment classes, community service and in many cases jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI or a DUID, you need the best and brightest to ensure your interests are represented at court. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI and DUID Defense. We offer flat rates, competitive pricing and high client satisfaction. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation and protect your rights.

Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 2/11/2016

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29504990/fewer-people-charged-colorado-driving-while-high-2015

Push to Scale Back Sentencing Laws Gains Momentum

America has the largest incarcerated population in the world. House speaker John Boehner and President Obama are now pushing to revise the tough sentencing laws that have bloated federal prisons. Criminal Mandatory Sentencing Reform is currently a rare issue that has support from both Democrats and Republicans. Conservatives see the amount of people incarcerated, with tax payer money, as a tremendous waste of resources. Democrats agree with this point and also raise concerns about the effectiveness of the mandatory sentences. The prisons have swollen with inmates, demonstrating these laws have failed to deter criminal activity at the onset. Recidivism rates after prison are high, further reflecting that the system does little to improve the circumstances of the offenders. Many of these punitive laws have been adopted at the state level, which in part has led to over-incarceration. Congress, as well as the White House, hopes to set an example on the Federal level by instituting reforms in sentencing and rehabilitation.  The hope is to find a more rehabilitative way to deal with criminality; a model for the states to adopt and eventually lower the amount of incarcerated Americans.

Cite: Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times, July 28, 2015

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/us/push-to-scale-back-sentencing-laws-gains-momentum.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Man with ‘I am not guilty’ tattoo sentenced to 7 years for groping woman

Last week, Giorgi Shevardenidze, 27, was sentenced on his conviction for sex assault. The defendant denied that he inappropriately touched a woman in the staircase of a Brooklyn subway station in July 2012. The judge, however, sentenced him to seven years in prison rather than the 15-year maximum he could have received for being convicted of aggravated sexual assault. The words ‘I am not guilty’ were tattooed on his hand.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-guilty-tattoo-7-years-prison-sexual-assault-article-1.1901280

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