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Dependency and Neglect Denver Lawyer - Keeping Kids Safe . . . from the Government

Dependency-and-Neglect.jpgDenver D&N - Dependency and Neglect Attorney in Arapahoe County

Anytime a child may have been hurt, or is actually hurt, the government has a group of employees anxious to prove their worth by filing a Dependency and Neglect case against you, naming your child as a person in need of protection. While this system is necessary and important in many extreme child abuse situations, our dislike of the system arises from its overuse. Even with accidents, if a child is injured, the Arapahoe County Department of Social Services and the Arapahoe County Attorney file neglect cases against good parents. This intrusion into the lives of Colorado citizens is unwarranted and a waste of precious tax dollars.

Disorderly Conduct, 18-9-106 - Let Denver Metro Area Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Fight for You

What is Disorderly Conduct in Arapahoe County?

Yell-Disorderly-Conduct.jpgThis is a great question because the crime of Disorderly Conduct is defined differently in every state. I recently read a Denver Post article where a Highlands Ranch man was charged with Disorderly Conduct in an Alaskan airport for jokingly saying that a bomb was in his friend's luggage. This is probably not what he would have been charged with at Denver International Airport. There are five basic ways a person is charged with Disorderly Conduct, C.R.S. 18-9-106, in Denver or Arapahoe County, or anywhere across Colorado. They include; making an offensive utterance or gesture in a public place to incite a breach of the peace, by making unreasonable noise in a public place, by fighting, by discharging a firearm in a public place, or by displaying a firearm or deadly weapon to cause alarm.

Prohibited Use of Weapons, C.R.S. 18-12-106 - A Strong Criminal Defense is Needed in Colorado

Lawyer-Prohibited-Use-Weapo.jpgHow Can a Person Get Charged with Prohibited Use of Weapons In Arapahoe County?

There are several ways a person can get into trouble for Prohibited Use of Weapons in Aurora, Colorado and find oneself in front of an Arapahoe County judge. Some parts of this statute are more commonly seen than others, but there are essentially five different ways to get charged with this crime anywhere in Colorado. They are; aiming a firearm at another person, discharging a firearm or arrow recklessly or with criminal negligence, setting an explosive trap and leaving it unattended, being in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, or the illegal use of throwing stars and nunchakus. Although the illegal use of throwing stars and nunchaku is the least common way to get charged with Prohibited use of Weapons, you should know that this statute also deals with the proper transportation of these weapons.

Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender - A Law Gone Too Far in Colorado - C.R.S. 18-12-108

New-PWPO.jpgSelf Defense in Adams County is Difficult for Previous Felons

Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender statute (C.R.S. 18-12-108) in Adams County is a good example of a law that would have been unthinkable a couple of generations ago. Public opinion, mostly influenced by news commentators has played a major role in shifting long held beliefs in our country. It was once assumed that citizen have a basic right to defend him or herself, and after a person paid for her crime; his or her rights should be restored.

How to Prove You Are Innocent in Court? A Douglas County Criminal Lawyer Explains

Domestic Violence Lie to Police - How to Prove I am Innocent of Harassment in Castle Rock and Parker, Colorado

How you prove you are Innocent of False Allegations comes to the mind of every man and woman after police arrest them and take them to jail. Once the shock of being arrested goes away, people need to start thinking about their defense. A good example to use in this discussion, is the common Douglas County domestic violence case where Parker Police arrest a man or woman because their spouse claims they were hit, slapped or pushed. This is called Harassment. Even when it is an absolute lie, you still have a chance of NOT being arrested, if there is no evidence. Let's look at what evidence looks like in this common Domestic Violence case, and what you should do. Read also about False Reporting to Authorities.

Sex Offender Indeterminate Sentencing in Douglas County and Arapahoe County, Colorado

Sex-Offender-Indeterminate-.jpgArapahoe County and Douglas County Indeterminate Sentencing | What is an Indeterminate Sentence in Colorado?

For many of the more severe Colorado sexual offenses, an Indeterminate Sentence is given to punish people more severely. "Indeterminate" is the opposite of "determinate", and means that it could go forever or for a lifetime. Lifetime sentencing involves a judge giving the convicted defendant a minimum sentence, but not a maximum upper limit. The Parole Board, and to some extent the Department of Corrections, get to decide when to release the person. In this type of sentence, the parole board has the final say when a person is released. At a minimum, the defendant must be kept in prison for the minimum amount of time which the judge gave them at sentencing.

Sentencing: How Long is the Length of Possible Jail and Prison Sentences in Denver and Jefferson County?

Sentencing-Length.jpgHow Many Years Sentence in Jail or Prison in Denver and Jefferson County, Colorado

Our criminal defense lawyers are often asked about the possible sentence length for a crime in Colorado. The length of any Denver County Jail sentence or Jefferson County Jail sentence, can be complicated. The same goes for felony crimes where Sentencing to the Colorado Department of Corrections is possible. The starting point for determining or estimating any sentence length, is to decide whether the case is a felony or misdemeanor, and then to learn the class of the felony or misdemeanor.

Prostitution and Soliciting for Prostitution, C.R.S. 18-7-201 and 202 in Denver County

Prostition-Soliciting-Prost.jpgDenver Police Prostitution Tactics - A 180 Degree Turn

Prostitution and Soliciting for Prostitution, C.R.S. 18-7-201 and 202, has been a problem for Denver police officers for years. So, when Denver police are given the task of eradicating a crime that will never go away, they have resorted to different approaches which haven't worked very well (Here is an article written in the Denver Post which discusses the changing tactics used by Denver police). Over the years they have gone from trying to get prostitutes off the streets to targeting their solicitors. This is a shift from trying to eliminate the supply to trying to eliminate the demand. In light of public human trafficking awareness, prostitutes are now seen more as victims than criminals and their Johns are seen as the ones who are taking advantage of the poor. 

False Imprisonment in Arapahoe County and Aurora | Not What it Seems in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-3-303

False-Imprisonment-Jail.jpgFalse Imprisonment Doesn't Always Involve Jail in Arapahoe County

If you Google False Imprisonment, you will discover many web sites talking about people who have been wrongfully imprisoned by the government, because the accused won their criminal case. But, according to the Colorado Revised Statutes, that really isn't the criminal charge of False Imprisonment. In fact, the statute specifically rules out situations where an Arapahoe County Deputy puts an innocent person in the Arapahoe County Jail. This statute exists because governments have the legal authority to detain and imprison people who have been accused of a crime based on probable cause. This always occurs before a person is found guilty in a court of law.

Juvenile Court Charges and Expungement in Castle Rock and Douglas County - Protect Your Kids

Juvenile-Court-Expungement.jpgDouglas County Lawyer for Juvenile Charges - Set the Plea Up for Expungement / Sealing

Did you know that in Douglas County and across Colorado there are some crimes which a juvenile is accused of which many not be sealable or able to be expunged? For this reason, if your child has been charged in a delinquency action with a crime, be sure and get some help early on. Just today, I was in this court and convinced the DA to change the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. This greatly helped my client do better with his future criminal record's expungement. A juvenile criminal defense lawyer was very important to this young man who hopes to get his record expunged one day.

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  • 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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