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Complicity and Accessory to a Crime Charges in Denver - How They Arise | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Imagine crimes which attach to every other crime we have in our statutes in Colorado. Imagine crimes which are largely dependent on the crime committed by another person. Imagine crimes which are proven by police with the assistance of a former friend of yours - those crimes are Complicity and Accessory to a Crime. They can occur across Colorado and be very surprising when the police show up to question and charge you.

How Can Trespassing Turn into Burglary in Denver?

Wandering into a neighbor's house while drunk in Denver can turn into Burglary, which is much more serious than Trespassing. While both crimes are a felony, it can make a bad situation even worse when you are charged with Burglary. Here's how this can happen.

Restitution in a Criminal Case - What are the Limits? Denver Criminal Defense Attorneys

In every criminal case, Colorado's lawmakers have generously enabled victims and their families to see recovery of money for their losses. I say "generously," because it is possible to recover for many things you would not typically think are close enough to the crime to be classified as Restitution. Restitution is made an order of the court, which means the failure to pay can be seen as a violation of probation or a deferred judgment and sentence. As a result, the failure to pay can result in imprisonment in the Denver County Jail or prison.

Careless Driving Charges in Denver - Criminal Defense Lawyers

Every crime seems to have a wild card which is charged when police can't make any other crime fit. In the traffic crimes world, Careless Driving is that wild card. Police charge careless driving when they want to charge someone with a traffic offense, but can't make a speeding, red light or failure to signal charge stick. In more serious cases, they will charge Reckless Driving. The definition of Careless Driving is:

Burglary - More than Just Breaking and Entering - Denver Criminal Lawyer

In Denver and Jefferson County, individuals are charged with Burglary not only for breaking and entering, but also for possessing the intent to commit a crime within the structure, car, dwelling, etc. In the news and on TV, burglars are always represented as figures hiding in the shadows with a ski mask. They are pictures as sneaking into a window of a mansion, or jimmying the lock on the back door of a jewelry shop. While these images are true, they only encompass a small portion of all crimes that fall under the burglary statutes. C.R.S. 18-4-202, 18-4-203 and 18-4-204 contain the three degrees of burglary that we will discuss in this blog.

Vehicular Assault Attorney - For Crimes of Serious Injury - Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer

When men and women act irresponsibly while driving, and another person is seriously injured, they are charged with Vehicular Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-205. Yet what about the man, woman or teen who is not acting irresponsibly and another person is seriously injured? We all know accidents do happen. Unfortunately, police in the Denver metro area generally charge them the same way. We most frequently see this charge when any type of collision results in injury to another, especially if a child is involved.

Criminal Trespass and Trespassing - Attorney in Denver

Criminal Trespass, also known as Trespassing in Denver and Douglas County, is a crime that can have severe impact on you and your career. Trespassing on someone else's property could leave you facing prison, county jail, probation, hefty fines, and a host of other punishments. However, you don't have to let the prosecuting attorney scare you into accepting a plea to a crime that you didn't commit. Instead, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help. Let's take a look at what a Criminal Trespass charge encompasses.

Denver Deferred Judgment Plea Bargain is the Way to Go - Most of the Time

In today's blog, let me address a common misconception. Deferred Judgment and Sentences in Denver County Court are not always the best way to plea bargain a case. Sure, they are a great offer and course to successful resolution most of the time, but there are some cases where they are not the preferred alternative. Let's talk about why.

Kidnapping is Not Usually What You'd Expect

Of all the horrendous crimes we may imagine, Kidnapping is one of the most feared. Taking a person against their will to a secluded place where they are held for ransom, or killed, is a terrible thing deserving of a harsh punishment. In reality, Adams and Douglas County Kidnapping usually involves much less serious conduct. Usually, some variation of the following results in a Kidnapping charge: a man and a women fighting, and the man picks up the woman and puts her in their bedroom to cool down or talk it out. How can this be Kidnapping?  Read a prior Blog on Domestic Violence Kidnapping.

In Denver Domestic Violence Cases, Judges are Turning to a "One-Size-Fits-All"

In the last week, I have been hired in two new Domestic Violence cases in Jefferson County. I watched two other DV cases while in court. In each case, the judges acted uniformly when I or another lawyer requested they modify the no-contact provisions of the protection order. The new rule? Don't even think about a modification to allow full contact with your alleged victim, unless thirty days have passed. Apparently, one-size-fits-all. Read Six Things to Know Before Pleading in a Domestic Violence Case.

Labor Day Celebration and a DUI / DWAI

This time of year, many of us celebrate hard with a special day off work. Labor day is the end of our summer season and many want to end it well by drinking too much. Hopping in the car or on your bike after a day of partying is a sure way to wake up depressed in jail tomorrow with a DUI / DWAI. Drinking and driving arrests in the Denver metro area for Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI) and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), spike this day.

Denver Pharmacy Aggravated Robbery

Across the metro area, Robbery is a common crime with many variations. One of these is Aggravated Robbery of Controlled Substances. Unlike traditional robberies, however, those completing this crime are not after money. They want controlled substances. This single fact greatly elevates the level of severity of this crime. Let's take a quick look at what can occur under Colorado law. We'll both be smarter.

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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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