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Denver Metro Kidnapping Charges - An Arrest After a Small Movement - Criminal Lawyers to Help

A recent news story I read described a man carrying a child a short distance within a restaurant. Although they never left the restaurant, the man is being accused by police of Kidnapping. Why? Because Colorado's law is written poorly and people are getting charged with Kidnapping in Denver and Adams County for conduct which does not really amount to this crime. I can agree the man should be charged with something, but not a serious felony. Perhaps Assault or Harassment would be appropriate. This leads us to the question, What is Kidnapping in Denver and Jefferson County?

Theft - How Much Matters - C.R.S. 18-4-401, Jefferson County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Theft, C.R.S. 18-4-401, is charged in Adams County when a person obtains, keeps, or takes control over anything of value that does not belong to him or her. It is also charged when a person is accused of receiving something of value in Douglas County and takes out a loan against it, or disposes of anything he or she knows has been stolen. The class of crime charged against those accused of Theft in Colorado depends on the value of the item or items stolen.

Reckless Driving - Vague and Unpredictable Criminal Conduct - Denver Criminal Attorney

When we have a law like Reckless Driving with huge consequences to our clients, you should expect more accuracy from Colorado lawmakers at the capitol building. After all, they have months of time to perfect the language which jurors will be applying in jury trials across Denver and Jefferson County. Jury members are required to look at the details of a crime and answer the question whether a defendant violated the precise terms of the law. When reasonable doubt remains, a criminal defense lawyer has done their job.

Colorado Criminal Mischief - For Breaking, Scratching and Damaging Personal Property - Denver Defense Lawyers

Criminal Mischief, C.R.S. 18-4-501, is a property crime which can be charged as a class 2 Misdemeanor all the way up to a very serious Adams County class 3 Felony. It all depends on the value of the property damaged. If found guilty, defendants are usually required to pay restitution for damages in addition to whatever fine is imposed. County jail sentences and prison sentences are also possible.

False Reporting to Authorities in Denver - Criminal Defense Lawyers in Arapahoe County, Colorado

You don't have to call police and make a false report of a crime to be charged with False Reporting to Authorities in Adams County. Whether in Brighton, Erie or Commerce City, setting off a false fire alarm, calling in any kind of untrue 911 emergency, or furnishing false identifying information like your name, address, birth date, social security number and driver's license, will result in charges. Pretending to be another person, such as when a cop pulls you over and your driver's license is under suspension, is a violation of this broad statute. To illustrate just how broad this law stretches, our defense lawerys have even heard of men and women charged with False Reporting for calling 911 and claiming to have a medical emergency when they do not. Read about more common ways to be charged with False Reporting.

Computer Forensics and DNA - Where Police Fall Down - Denver Criminal Lawyers

While everyone in Colorado has seen CSI and NCIS, not everyone knows the value of Forensics to a criminal defense lawyer and his client. We recently defended a man charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact in Jefferson County. The police and sheriff's department did a wholly inadequate job locating and preserving DNA evidence and Forensic Evidence. The responding sheriff deputy failed to visit the location of the alleged crime or talk with potential witnesses. Next, the detective assigned to the case failed to go to the scene, try and talk with witnesses or collect DNA evidence. We won that case after 20 minutes of jury deliberations.

Witness Tampering in Arapahoe and Douglas County - When Police Should be Charged: Denver Defense Lawyers

I remember a recent criminal case where a police detective was sharing her personal opinion on the truthfulness of an alleged child victim, just prior to trial. When the mother of the child expressed reservations on the truthfulness of the child, the police detective stepped in strong to save her case. She assured the mother that she felt the child was telling the truth and that our client had committed the offense. Over my 25 years as a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen police and detectives tell the witness what to say and what not to say in a police report. In some cases, the officers are not getting what they want from a witness, so they hand-write questions to the witness and make the witness write answers in response, until they get it the way the officer wants. In each of these cases, the police should be charged with Colorado Witness Tampering, C.R.S. 18-8-707.

Murder in the Second Degree or Manslaughter? Police Sometimes Get Charged Too

Two police officers are being charged in the death of a 6-year-old boy. They felt they had justification for shooting into a fleeing suspect's car recently, as part of a criminal investigation into a crime. Whether they knew the boy was present is not clear, but I feel that is unlikely. The two officers have been charged with Second Degree Murder and Attempted Second Degree Murder after firing multiple shots. Police officials have not offered any support for the officers, stating that the department's badge has been tarnished by this incident.

Forgery in the Denver Metro Area , C.R.S. 18-5-102

Forgery in the Denver Metropolitan area, or anywhere in Colorado, is a serious class 5 felony. What most people do not know is that this crime is not just prosecuted for writing bad checks, but can also be charged if a person is thought to have altered a temporary license plate. This is a strong law, and in my opinion overkill, designed to keep people from unlawfully extending the amount of time they need to get their vehicle licensed.

Lawyers - How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?

When I go in to have my car worked on, I worry about being taken advantage of. I don't know the fair cost, so I often just accept what they tell me. As a Criminal defense lawyer in Denver area, I don't want my clients feeling like they are being screwed by a high lawyer fee when they are falsely accused. I want them to know that I am charging them the same or less than similarly qualified lawyers in the Denver area. I am not the cheapest. I can only promise you that after 25 years practicing as a criminal defense attorney in Arapahoe County and Adams County, I will give your case my full attention and worry about your well-being 24 / 7. You are important to me. Read why you don't want to hire a cheap lawyer.

Soliciting for Prostitution, Caught in a Denver Sting? C.R.S. 18-7-202

Soliciting for Prostitution, C.R.S. 18-7-202, is a class 3 misdemeanor in Douglas and Jefferson County and everywhere in Colorado. Prostitution is defined as when any person performs or agrees to perform any act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, or anal intercourse, with any person not his spouse in exchange for money or other thing of value. Read more on the difference between solicitation, Prostitution and pimping.

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Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

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