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Violation of Custody Order or Court Order Relating to Parental Responsibilities Denver Lawyer - C.R.S. 18-3-304

Custody Violation Order Under C.R.S. 18-3-304 in Denver and Adams County

They are your kids, but if you take them from someone after a Denver judge orders them to be in another person's custody, you can be charged with a felony. Colorado law and Adams County, do not care what the child wants or what you as their parent wants.

Failure to Appear in Courts: Denver Attorney on Missed Court Date

Missed Court Date = FTA: How to Handle Your Arrest Warrant in Denver

Failure to Appear in Courts or FTA: Nothing makes a worse impression on a judge than when you miss your court date. It tells the judge that you found something more important to do, or that you don't have the self discipline to get your body to court. Their response is always the same: an arrest warrant is issued for you. The bottom line is to read your ticket's court date.

Double Jeopardy in Denver Courts and Criminal Cases

The Constitutional Law of Double Jeopardy in Denver Courts

Double Jeopardy is a rule of law which prevents a person from being charged twice in courts for the same offense. Without this rule, Denver government could keep charging you over and over again until they obtained a conviction. It provides finality to a very important matter: the government trying to take away your freedom. If a person is voted guilty or not guilty by a jury, the matter is put to rest once and for all. A jury deadlock can still result in another trial, because no final verdict was obtained. Some Rules of Jeopardy.

No-Contest and Nolo Contendere Pleas in Denver Courts

What is a No-Contest / Nolo Contendere Plea in Denver Courts?

In a criminal case, those charged with crimes are called the defendant.  At some point, the defendant must decide how he will respond to the charges against him.  This is called his "plea".  He generally pleads guilty or not guilty.  In some courts, he will be permitted a third option, and that is to plead No Contest or Nolo Contendere.  It can also be referred to as an Alford plea.  The effect of this plea is important to many defendants. Read more about Plea Bargains.

Lakewood, Colorado Municipal Court Criminal Defense Attorney | City Court in Lakewood

Municipal-Court-Lakewood.jpgWhy is There a Lakewood Municipal Court?

It is often difficult to understand why there is a Lakewood Municipal or City court, if crimes are also prosecuted in the Jefferson County Court. The best answer is that cities like Lakewood want to regulate conduct differently and in more detail, than do state run Jefferson County and District Courts. As a result, they have a ton of city laws, all located in the Lakewood Municipal Code.  Also, it is to their financial benefit to have an active court system.

Pretrial Conference: Courts in Castle Rock and Douglas County - A Lawyer's Perspective

Pretrial-Conference-Court.jpgWhat Happens at a PreTrial Conference in Douglas County Court and Arapahoe County Courts?


A Pretrial Conference is simply a meeting between two opposing sides - call it a settlement conference in a court. At this time and location, the Douglas County District Attorney (who is prosecuting you) will try and get you to settle the case. The government cannot take all of the cases which the Douglas County Sheriff and Parker Police Department charge, to trial in Colorado courts. There are only so many judges, court staff and prosecutors. So, offering a plea bargain is common in most cases. Let's talk more about the circumstances of Pretrial Conferences and plea bargains.

Pretrial Conference in Denver Courts - PTC - What is the Purpose and How do They Work?

Pretrial-Conference-PTC.jpgDenver Courts Pretrial Conference or PTC Lawyer - What Will Happen There?

When you come to court, the judge wants to have you and the District Attorney talk about a possible resolution. They do this because it would be impossible to take every case to trial. There are simply too many charges filed. So, resolving most of the cases by plea agreement is very important. To facilitate this, judges schedule a pretrial conference. The problem is that the DA can use this time to strengthen their case against you if you talk with them.

The Colorado Rules of Evidence in Adams County - What are They?

Colorado-Rules-Evidence.jpgAdams County Defense Lawyer Explains the Rules of Evidence

After 25 years as a Colorado criminal defense lawyer in Adams County and across Colorado, I've met with hundreds of people in need when the government charges them with a crime. If the case heads toward trial, I inevitably get questions about bringing evidence of an accuser's bad character. This can range from "she is a bad parent," to "nobody likes him," to "he cheats on his wife." In Colorado courts, the rules of evidence are designed to keep out irrelevant evidence or unfairly prejudicial evidence. In addition to these rules, the Colorado lawmakers have made policy decisions regarding evidence in passing laws and courts make up or interpret evidence rules. It is a complicated mess in many cases, as lawyers and judges try to figure out what can come in at a trial and what cannot. Usually, it depends on the mindset as different judges interpret things differently.

Are Denver Parents of Juveniles Responsible for Their Kids Crimes?

Are parents responsible for the criminal acts of their juvenile children? The short answer is yes. C.R.S. 19-2-919 of the Colorado Children's Code gives authority to judges and magistrates in juvenile courts to impose restitution against parents or guardians in Jefferson and Arapahoe County. The good news for parents of teens is that the amount is capped. The bad news is that the cap is a whopping twenty-five thousand dollars for any one delinquent act! If an Aurora parent has uncontrollable teens in the home, they can create a big unexpected expense.

Police Officers & Courts: Look Out for #1

In the legal business, police officers are the first judge people meet. Really. Arapahoe and Douglas County officers must make decisions on who to arrest and what crimes to charge. In a domestic violence situation, they will generally charge the man becaue this is safest. In a fight between two men, however, officers are torn with who to charge. The result? They often just charge both men because this is safer for their careers.

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  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
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