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July 2014 Archives

SOMB Evaluation - Sex Offender Management Board

Everyone Must Get an SOMB Sex Offender Evaluation

Everyone convicted of a Sexual Offense in our state needs to get a Sex Offender Management Board Evaluation, and complete sex offender treatment. This evaluation is completed by licensed or certified therapists and counselors, who have been trained by the SOMB and pledged allegiance to their programming. This programming includes the belief that sex offenders cannot be cured and that due to their dangerous and unpredictable nature, they must be contained. Containment is the #1 goal of the Sex Offender Management Board.

Sexual Assault on a Child Attorney | Denver Lawyer CRS 18-3-405

Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you or a loved one are being investigated for or have been charged with the crime of Sexual Assault on a Child. Allegations of Sex Assault on a Child can have lifelong ramifications. It is important to contact a lawyer who is experienced with sex criminal cases in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver County immediately to ensure that your rights are protected from the very beginning of your case.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana (MIP), C.R.S. 18-13-122

With the legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado, many people tend to forget that a person under the age of 21 years old is still unable to legally possess or use marijuana. Without focusing on the specific differences that apply to alcohol and minors, this blog will address the law pertaining to a Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Pot in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Boulder County and how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help your child.

Denver Police Officers - Renewed Calls for Transparency

It seems like every day when I turn on the news, there are new stories of police officers involved in misconduct or officer perpetrated violence in the Denver Police Department. [1] These problems are occurring so regularly that public trust in the police department is, rightfully, at an all time low.

Colorado Probation Requirements & Limitations

Many sentences handed down in criminal courts involve a sentence to a period of Probation. Courts in Denver and Jefferson County have broad latitude to determine the length of probation and the terms and conditions of probation. Essentially, there are few limits on what can be imposed while on probation because the statute dictates that "the conditions of probation shall be such as reasonably necessary to ensure that the defendant will lead a law abiding life." C.R.S. 18-1.3-204. In essence, this means that the Court can impose conditions to change conduct that may not have been at issue in the case itself. For example, an individual convicted of theft, may also be ordered to participate in monitored sobriety despite not being intoxicated during the offense.

Juvenile Justice in Denver and Across Colorado

Parents in Denver, Jefferson and Adams County often call and ask if they need to get a lawyer for their child when the child is accused of a crime or when the child admits to committing a crime. The answer is always YES. I think many parents assume that juvenile court and juvenile justice is what it was when they were kids. It's NOT. Today, not only do we criminalize acts that were once considered part of growing up (school fights, butt grabs, etc) but the penalties for those crimes are now far reaching and can in many cases impact the juvenile into adulthood.

DUI / DWAI Made Easy With Excessive Blood Alcohol Content Law

District Attorneys must have complained again. Now, DUI / DWAI cases with no bad driving can be brought in Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas County, and successfully prosecuted. Defense attorneys at our firm and other must have been too successful in defending their clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol. Now, even though you are found to be not-guilty of DUI or DWAI (no unsafe driving), you can still get a DUI based on having a blood alcohol level greater than .079.

Sex Offender Registration & Failure to Register in Colorado

When a person has been ordered to Complete Sex Offender Registration in Douglas, Arapahoe or Denver County, and does any of the following items, he or she will be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, C.R.S. 18-3-412.5:

Sex Offender DeRegistration Granted Today

I wanted to write and let our blog readers know of a successful resolution today in a petition we filed on behalf of our client to Deregister as a Sex Offender in Colorado. Despite the District Attorney's objection, the court granted our petition, allowing our client to stop registration. This is a great result, given the harsh consequences of Colorado's sex offender designation.  Let's talk about today's Sex Offender DeRegistration success.

Sexual Exploitation of a Child - C.R.S. 18-6-403

I used to wonder what kind of person gets charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403. After many years as a Criminal Defense Attorney in the Denver Metro area, I have gained a unique insight into that question. Today I know that many innocent people are charged with this crime.

The Game of Hot Potato - DAs, Courts, and Police

Colorado police, sheriff's deputies, probation officers and district attorneys are great at this game. In fact, they've even gotten Colorado lawmakers into it. The game of hot potato involves getting the potato to another responsible person without getting burned (or caught). In the legal world, DAs, Courts, and Police operate under the idea of passing a criminal case on to someone else as quickly as possible. This reduces the risk of a complaint and the loss of someone's job.

Is Restitution Too Important to District Attorneys?

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I am growing weary about the importance of Restitution to District Attorneys in Adams and Mesa County, Colorado. In most every financial crime like Forgery and Theft, DAs make getting money back for their victims the most important part of the case. In many cases, I have had DAs unashamedly say that if my client can come up with a large Restitution payment, he can stay out of prison.

The Broad Scope of Forgery in Denver and Colorado, C.R.S. 18-5-102

forgery.jpgForgery charges in Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County encompass a wide range of circumstances which can result in severe consequences for your life. Thankfully, our attorneys have been there hundreds of times before and are ready to help defend you or your loved one when you need us.

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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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