Criminal Defense Attorneys in Colorado
Colorado is home to a number of landmarks such as Longs Peak and Pikes Peak, which are part of the Rocky Mountains that stretch from Canada to New Mexico. Furthermore, the Four Corners Monument marks the point where the state shares a border with Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The state is also home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NFL’s Denver Broncos while the University of Colorado is one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
What to Know If You’re Charged with a Crime in Colorado
If you are charged with a crime by Colorado authorities, it’s important to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. Doing so may prevent you from saying or doing anything that may incriminate you or otherwise make it harder to obtain a favorable outcome in your case. Your legal advocate will likely advise you to refrain from talking about the matter while in jail or from mentioning it in text messages, emails, or social media accounts after you obtain your freedom.
An attorney may also move to have the case dismissed before a trial begins. Such a request may be granted if a witness recants his or her story or someone else confesses to committing the crime in question. A charge may also be dismissed if a prosecutor doesn’t want to pursue the case because of a lack of evidence.
It’s important to understand that hiring legal counsel is one of the key rights that you have throughout the legal process. The other is the right to remain silent before or after you are taken into custody. If you are not read your rights prior to being detained or charged with a crime, any statements that you make may be ruled inadmissible. Other evidence that may have been obtained improperly might also be thrown out before or during a trial.
What to Know About Our Firm
Our firm’s roster consists of extremely experienced attorneys, many of whom have spent time either as federal prosecutors or as members of federal government agencies. Therefore, the person who serves as your Colorado criminal defense attorney is going to have a thorough understanding of how the government operates when pursuing a criminal case.
Your attorney will likely be able to use this knowledge when crafting a legal strategy in your case. For example, if you’re charged with a white collar offense, your legal adviser may have an idea as to how seriously the government will pursue the charges against you. Allegations of bid-rigging or anti-competitive business conduct may be easier to get dismissed than blatant cases of embezzlement because of how much more difficult it is to prove an antitrust case than it is to prove a case of theft.
In addition to being helpful when crafting a legal strategy, knowing how the government tends to operate may make it easier to set expectations in your case. While you may not want to hear that jail time is a possibility, you’ll probably sleep better knowing what your future might hold. Furthermore, having some certainty about the potential outcome in your proceeding may give you a better idea as to whether you want to accept a plea deal or take the case to trial.
The Types of Cases We Typically Handle
We handle almost any type of criminal case that state authorities may pursue against an individual or corporation. For instance, if you are facing state tax evasion charges, our team may be able to create a defense against them. The same may be true if you are charged with drunk driving, hitting your spouse, or endangering the welfare of a child.
If you are accused of drug possession or trafficking, it may also be possible to create a defense that might result in a charge being dropped or reduced. Our firm may also be able to assist in murder, arson, or various other cases involving violent crimes.
To learn more about how we can help, feel free to contact our nationwide intake hotline by dialing 866-603-4540. The phone call is free and does not obligate you to hire The Criminal Defense Firm to help with your case.
Legal Strategies We May Use
There are a number of legal strategies that a Colorado criminal defense attorney might use to help you get the best possible outcome in your case. If there is reason to believe that you don’t understand what you did was wrong, it may be possible to use that as a justification for dropping the charges. Alternatively, you may be ordered to spend time at a mental health facility as opposed to going to jail.
If you never intended to commit a crime, we may highlight that before and during a trial. This may come into play if you were duped into transporting drugs or only accidentally hit someone else and caused them bodily harm..
Your attorney may claim that you acted in self-defense or otherwise acted to prevent greater harm from occurring. Self-defense may be a valid rebuttal to accusations that you killed or tried to kill someone. It may also be a valid defense if you’re accused of assault or battery.
Finally, it may be possible to claim that you were the victim of entrapment. As a general rule, entrapment occurs when a police officer or other agent of the state coerces you into doing something that you wouldn’t have done on your own. For instance, you may be coerced into buying illegal drugs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I talk freely during the initial consultation?
Yes, you can talk in an open and honest manner during your initial conversation with the firm. Although we are not yet representing your interests, anything you say is generally considered to be privileged information. However, you are free to divulge as much or as little information as you see fit. In fact, you don’t even have to tell us your name.
Who will be assigned to my case?
A number of variables will be considered when assigning an attorney to your case. For example, we will likely choose someone who has a background in defending against the type of crime that you’ve been accused of committing. In addition, we will try to choose someone who is as close to your location as possible. This will make it easier to meet with your attorney on a regular basis.
If your Colorado criminal defense attorney isn’t available for in-person meetings, you may still be able to contact your representative by phone, email or other means. It’s important to note that whoever is chosen to serve as your legal advocate will be a senior lawyer as opposed to a junior associate.
What's the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony. It’s possible that you will be placed on probation or perform community service instead of spending time in jail if you get convicted for a misdemeanor. If you do go to jail for a misdemeanor, you cannot be behind bars for more than 12 months. There is also a chance that a judge will account for time served when determining your sentence on such a charge.
A conviction on a felony charge typically results in spending many years or decades in prison. Your attorney will likely be able to explain the influence the severity of the charges might have as your case progresses.
Will the prosecutor in my case offer a plea deal?
The prosecutor in your case may offer a plea deal if the state has reservations about the strength of its case. A plea deal may also be offered as a way to entice you to offer information about other cases. For example, you might be given a chance to avoid jail time in exchange for intel about the person who gave you the drugs found in your vehicle.
Contact The Criminal Defense Firm
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