Denver’s Defense Attorney Glossary

Age of Consent: The age at which one is legally considered capable of making the decision to become sexually active or participate in sexual activities. The age of consent in the State of Colorado is 18.

Age of Majority: The age at which one is legally considered an adult and capable of making independent decisions. The age of majority in the State of Colorado and throughout most of the United States is 18.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC): The measured percentage of alcohol or any other illicit substance in the blood stream that affects a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely or behave as a responsible person.

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is any act of aggression or abuse that occurs within the family unit or within a shared domicile. Domestic violence most commonly occurs between spouses, parents and children and romantic partners.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Individuals apprehended behind the wheel or operating any motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or more are considered guilty of DUI.

Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI): Individuals apprehended behind the wheel or operating any motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) ranging from 0.05% to 0.079% are considered guilty of DWAI.

Drug Schedule: The drug schedule is a chart that separates illicit drugs into categories, based upon their characteristics. Schedule I drugs, for instance, are substances that have no legitimate medical use and have a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs include: marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and GHB.

Indecent Liberties: The commission of a sexual crime imposed by a warden or caregiver upon an individual placed in their care. This includes doctors who touch, molest or sexually assault their patients, while they are in their care as well as orderlies, nurses, foster parents and prison guards who have been given charge over individuals who are incapacitated or unable to refuse or contest their sexual advances.

Juvenile Law: This branch of the legal system was designed to facilitate the processing of crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18. In certain instances, however, depending upon the severity of the crime in question, juvenile offenders can be tried as adults.

Medical Marijuana: The State of Colorado made legislative concessions to allow individuals suffering from a wide range of chronic conditions or diseases to utilize marijuana as a part of their medicinal therapy. Individuals suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Tourette’s Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), chronic pain and nausea can petition prescriptions from their treating physicians and apply for approval for medical marijuana use. Individuals suffering from other types of diseases and illnesses can petition the medical marijuana review board for a review of their conditions and consideration for permissible marijuana use.

Molestation: The imposing of unwanted sexual behavior upon an individual who is either disinterested in such activities or too young to comprehend the implications of such activities.

Possession: Possession charges can be brought against an individual for being caught with an illicit substance on their person or within their control. Drugs do not necessarily need to be held in the hands or tucked within the coat pockets of any individual apprehended for possession. The drugs simply need to be within their reach and under their control.

Rape: A sexual assault involving an aggressor who coerces or forces another individual to participate in sexual activities or intercourse without consent.

Sex Crimes: These crimes are comprised of any type of behavior or action that is performed or imposed upon another individual for the sake of obtaining sexual gratification. This category of crimes includes rape, sexual assault, child molestation, indecent liberties, pimping and prostitution.