01/31/2011 11:08 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Challenges Law That Delays Access To A Lawyer

DENVER • Facing a prosecutor without an attorney, truck driver Ryan Weaver says he pleaded guilty to a crime he didn't commit because he thought he didn't have much of a choice.

"Basically, the way they put it, if you didn't take it (a plea deal), you could end up staying in jail," said Weaver, who spent one night in jail for a misdemeanor conviction -- later thrown out -- stemming from a domestic dispute.

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