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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.

How to Get Someone Out of Jail - Denver Lawyer Best Way to Bond or Bail Someone Out?

Jail-Bond.jpgHow to Get Someone Out of the Jefferson County Jail in Golden

We hate it when someone we like is in jail. They are relying on us to get them out of a Jefferson County Jail or the Denver County Jail, and the best way to do this is confusing. Yet how do you do it? How do you help someone get released from Jail? What is the best way to bail or bond a friend out of Jail in Denver and Jefferson County, Colorado?  Read more below to learn important considerations.

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor Adams County Lawyer, C.R.S. 18-6-701

Contributing-Minor.jpgWestminster Municipal Ordinance Violations Can Turn Into a Jefferson County, Colorado Felony

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, C.R.S. 18-6-701, can be charged against an adult if he or she encourages a minor to violate a Westminster City Code Ordinance. This may come as a shock to an adult who encourages a 17 year old to light fireworks, which is a violation of Westminster City Ordinance 6-8-2. But the simple act of encouraging a minor to violate any law can result in a conviction of a very serious class 4 felony in Jefferson or Adams County.

Denver Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary Gain / Harassment Attorney

Posting-Private-Image.jpgPosting a Private Image for Harassment and Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary Gain in Denver, Colorado

In the Denver area and all of Colorado, men and women seek revenge when they are dumped in a relationship. The deeper the hurt, the deeper the desire to get back at someone. If a woman cheats on a man, he might want to embarrass her. If the man shames the woman and hurts her feelings, she might want to accuse him of sexual assault (we've seen dozens of these cases). Colorado has two crimes which are based in the breakup of relationships: Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary Gain and Posting a Private Image for Harassment. They are very similar. Let's discuss the definition of each and learn what NOT to do following a break-up.

Internet Luring of a Child in Douglas County - Super Easy to Fall Into

Internet-Luring-Child-Color.jpgOnline Chats = Internet Luring in Arapahoe County | Police Entrapment by Pretend Kids

Sexually explicit chats can lead to Internet Luring of a Child charges, under C.R.S. 18-3-306. In Arapahoe County and Douglas County, Colorado, Internet Luring of a Child is charged whenever someone communicates on a computer or telephone with a child less than fifteen years of age. During that conversation, they must discuss or describe "explicit sexual conduct," and makes an invitation to meet them for any purpose. "Explicit sexual conduct" can include sexual intercourse, masturbation, sadomasochism, sexual excitement, erotic fondling and erotic nudity. The actor must be over four years older than the real or pretend child, as described in the chat transcript. The final step in charging Internet Luring of a Child in Douglas County is when the adult or older extends an invitation to the child to them to meet in person, for any purpose. Internet Luring of a Child is classified as a class 5 felony, but will increase to a class 4 felony when the reason for the meeting with the child (real or pretend) is for sexual exploitation or sexual contact. 

Aurora Assault vs. Aurora Battery | What Does a Defense Attorney Think is the Difference?

Assault-Battery.jpgAssault and Battery in Aurora Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is hard to understand why the City of Aurora even has the crime of Assault, 94-36. Here is the definition of Assault: "An assault is an attempt coupled with a present ability to commit a battery, as defined in section 94-37, upon the person of another, and it shall be unlawful for any person to commit an assault in the city." What really does this mean? If you try and fail to commit battery? Then why not do what most other jurisdictions do and charge the conduct as "attempted battery"? It just doesn't make any sense and is very confusing to people charged with Assault in Aurora.

Denver Municipal Court Domestic Violence - General Sessions Sec. 14-68

Municipal-Court.jpgDenver General Sessions - Domestic Violence Definition in Municipal Court

Today I was in the Denver Municipal Court, or General Sessions, for a Protection Order violation. The City Attorney insisted that my client plead to a Domestic Violence charge, since he had been in an intimate relationship with their victim. I disagreed, and asked the deputy city attorney to show my how my client's text to his ex, amounted to Domestic Violence. As I suspected, the CA did not have a good answer. What's the Difference Between Municipal Court and County Court?

Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Pot, C.R.S. 18-13-122 | When is a Denver Adult Considered Underage?

MIP-Charges.jpgMinor in Possession Lawyer in Denver - MIP - Not a Good Title for Underage Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana

The term Minor in Possession is not really a good name for the law which prohibits possession of alcohol, marijuana, and marijuana paraphernalia in Denver, because it does not just apply to minors. The actual title to this law is, "Illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol or marijuana by an underage person - illegal possession of marijuana paraphernalia by an underage person." In most cases, the term minor is used for people under 18 years old, but this law is targeted toward anyone less than 21. More Information on Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana.

Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon Lawyer in Arapahoe County, C.R.S. 18-12-105

Carrying-Weapon.jpgCarrying a Concealed Weapon in Arapahoe County

You would be surprised how many people accidently carry a concealed weapon in violation of Colorado law. For example, did you know that carrying a knife in your pocket in Arapahoe County violates Colorado's concealed carry law? How about having a gun or firearm in a coat pocket or purse? There are many variations of ways to violate this law. Let's study it in more detail, so you can live within the law. Real Example of Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Scream Bank Robbery Trio Get Habitual Sentences in Jefferson County Courts

Scream-Bank-Robbery.jpgRobbery Lawyer: Colorado Jefferson County Robbery Suspects Likely Received Habitual Sentences

A Jefferson County District Court recently sentenced two of three men involved in the Robbery of several Colorado Banks. The men were known by the nickname Scream Robbers based on the masks they wore during the robberies. On December 18, 2016, the first of the three received a sentence of 371 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Then, yesterday, the judge gave another man 1,200 years for his role in the robberies. Perhaps he was the more violent of the robbers, or perhaps he had the more extensive criminal history. The lengthy sentences likely involved habitual sentence counts, where the court is authorized to multiply the normal maximum sentence range based on the person's previous felony criminal history.

Home Detention vs. Jail Sentencing | In-Home Detention or House Arrest in Denver and Arapahoe County

Home-Detention.jpgHouse Arrest and Home Detention in Arapahoe County and Denver

There are three names for the same sentencing option in Denver: Home Detention, In-Home Detention and House Arrest. Each of these involve serving your Arapahoe County Jail sentence at home, rather than at the jail. People often ask for Home Detention, but few get it. Let's discuss this idea so everyone can better understand how this sentence works and what is possible.  More about Felony and Misdemeanor Sentencing.

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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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