Colorado Springs Criminal Attorney: Practice Areas
From the Colorado Springs Police Department to the
DEA, Tactical Enforcement Unit, Canine Unit, Airport Police Unit, and Metro Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Division (Metro VNI), there are many law enforcement agencies in the Colorado Springs area that are continually on the prowl for suspected offenders. When you find yourself facing criminal charges, you may not be aware of all the implications. From explaining your charges to helping you understand your possible defenses, penalties, and sentencing, my firm has the answers. I have provided the following information on types of crime and am available 24 / 7 to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have. For more information, click on the following links:
Assault is defined as knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person. This can be considered a felony charge that carries with it severe penalties and even time in prison. If you have been accused of assault, especially if it is in association with other offenses such as battery, theft, or domestic violence, you can be facing enhancements that will extend your penalties.
Battery is causing physical harm to someone, though it is of a lower, less-severe classification than assault. Still, a battery conviction will go on your record, cost you money in fines, and possibly result in jail time and probation. Battery in association with other crimes can be bumped up to assault or a felony charges.
DEA, FBI, ATF, Customs Investigations
When you are being investigated by any federal agencies, you need a defense attorney. Federal agencies are relentless with their investigations, and you may find yourself, your friends, and your family under surveillance that may be a violation of your civil rights. If a federal agency believes they have a case against you, they will pursue you by any means necessary.
If you've been accused of domestic violence or spousal abuse in Colorado Springs, then you could be facing the consequences of a restraining order. The best way to avoid the penalties associated with an order of restraint is with the help of a professional criminal defense lawyer.
Drug offenses are relentlessly prosecuted and harshly punished in the state of Colorado. My firm can defend you from all types of drug charges, including
possession of a controlled substance,
distribution of a controlled substance, and
unlawful marijuana cultivation. We can also give you information about the
Colorado medical marijuana regulations.
When someone is arrested for DUI, there are many viable defenses that can be employed to have charges reduced or dropped and DUI penalties minimized. If you submitted to
breath and blood tests or field sobriety tests, the results may be invalid for a number of reasons. I handle all types of DUI cases, from first-offense misdemeanors to
vehicular manslaughter charges.
Expungement of Criminal Offenses
You may not be aware that a crime can appear on your record even if you were not convicted, but simply because you were charged. You have a right to seal your records or have criminal offenses expunged from them. Having a criminal record can make it difficult to get and maintain a good job, and you deserve to have your records sealed, especially if you were not convicted.
Certain crimes fall under federal jurisdiction, rather than state. These crimes are usually very serious and are harshly prosecuted and punished by federal prosecutors and judges. You do not want to mess around with a low-rent attorney when it comes to federal crimes; you want an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer who is not afraid to take on federal prosecutors.
Guns / Weapons Violations
Colorado has very strict and structured policies on owning and possessing weapons. If you have been involved in a domestic violence case, then you may be restricted from owning a firearm for the rest of your life. If you have been found in violation of a gun or weapons policy, a defense attorney can help you defend your right to continue owning weapons.
Internet and Computer Crimes
There are many various types of crimes that can fall under internet and computer crimes. Crimes such as hacking, stalking, harassment, and illegal pornography can all be perpetrated through the internet. There are many defenses to an internet crime, especially in cases in which it is hard for the prosecution to prove exactly who was using the computer at a specific time.
If your son or daughter is in trouble and is under age, it is important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. A juvenile crime conviction can affect the rest of your child's life, as he or she may not be able to graduate high school, get into college, or get a decent job with a conviction on record. This may lead him or her to commit more crime. The best thing you can do as a parent is to retain legal defense that you and your family can count on to get you through this experience.
When you are on probation, you are proving to the court that they do not need to put you in jail. However, when you violate your probation, the court looks at this as a failed test and will not give you a second chance. If you have violated your probation, you need to prove to the court that you had a valid reason to do so in order to prevent them from putting you in jail for your actions.
Professional Licensing / Grievance Defense
If you are a licensed professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or attorney, losing your license can have a devastating effect on your life. I can defend you during your board hearing and aggressively fight on your behalf to prove that you are a competent professional who does not deserve to have your license revoked.
Prostitution is a misdemeanor crime that can carry with it a $750 fine and up to 6 months in jail for the first offense alone. If you have been arrested for prostitution, an aggressive criminal defense attorney can help defend you so that you can hopefully avoid conviction and jail time.
Reckless driving can land you in hot water, especially if someone ends up injured or killed due to your driving. If you are charged with reckless driving, you can be held responsible for compensating those individuals who were allegedly injured by you or whose property was damaged by you. You need a defense attorney to help you prove your innocence.
Whether or not you are convicted of the sex offense for which you have been charged, the negative repercussions of the allegation could live with your forever. If you are found guilty, you could be facing jail time, fines, and permanent registration as a legal sex offender in the U.S.
Solicitation is when an individual offers money to another individual in exchange for sexual acts. Solicitation and prostitution go hand in hand. In many cases, individuals who are charged with solicitation can argue that they are the victims of police officer entrapment, in which undercover officers tricked you into breaking the law so that they could arrest you.
If you have been accused of theft crimes, such as burglary or
shoplifting, you could be facing serious jail and monetary fines. Burglary, especially if it is associated with assault, can be a felony crime with sobering jail time. Shoplifting charges, especially if you are a repeat offender, can build up a criminal record for you that will make it difficult to get or maintain a job.
Though they may seem like no big deal, traffic offenses can have an adverse effect on your life. If you fail to take care of your traffic tickets on time, you may find that you have a warrant out for your arrest, especially if you fail to show up for your court dates. Traffic offenses can start out small, but failure to pay them and take care of the situation can lead to huge monetary fines and revocation of your driver's license.
In some cases, individuals may not even be aware that they have a warrant out for their arrest. A bench warrant is usually issued if you have missed a court date or violated a court order. An arrest warrant is when a judge issues a warrant to have an individual arrested and then charged with a crime. If you have an outstanding warrant, something as little as getting pulled over for a broken tail light can land you in jail.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are nonviolent in nature and generally result in financial gain for the alleged perpetrator. These can include credit card fraud, identity theft, insurance theft, mortgage fraud, and more. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, then be aware that they can sometimes be tried as federal crimes and can result in you facing severe punishments, including prison.
Fighting Your Charges
At my firm, I offer you the individual, one-on-one legal representation you want. As a small boutique firm, my staff and I will always be available to communicate with you and your family and be on hand to make sure you are getting the attention and care that you require. With more than 15 years of experience, I have the answers to your legal questions. While no outcome is guaranteed, I work my hardest to give you the best possible defense for your charges.