4 Tips to Help You Prepare for Denver County Court
As Criminal Defense Attorneys in Denver, Colorado, we know how important it is for our clients to prepare for court. How you look and act at trial / court will affect the way the judge, DA and jury will view you. Criminal charges are a serious matter and can affect your future, so follow these 4 tips to be your best in court:
What is Arraignment in Denver Courts? A Douglas County Criminal Lawyer's Explanation
Arraignment in Denver and Douglas County courts is a hearing where someone enters their plea to a criminal charge. Your choices are to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. It is always best to have a criminal defense attorney present when you enter your plea, because a plea is final and cannot be changed later. A defense lawyer will help you understand whether pleading guilty to a charge is best. For example, you might want to "accept responsibility," and plead guilty to domestic violence assault. This would have lifetime negative consequences. If you'd had a defense lawyer, they might advise you to plead guilty to domestic violence harassment instead, which would be ok with the prosecutor and spare you many negative consequences. Court hearings in Criminal Cases.
District Court and County Court Differences in Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado
For a defense lawyer, the difference between County Court and District Court can be huge in Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado. County Court is designed for less serious cases, while District Court is the most serious court for State of Colorado felony crimes. Your court will be located in the county where the crime is alleged to have occurred. Let's look at the different type of charges and crimes for each court. Information on Denver Metro Area Courthouses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denver Courts Pretrial Services and Pretrial Release
Prior to and following your arrest or appearance in Denver court, a judge can order PreTrial Services to investigate you. If you are still in custody and have not bonded out, courts want to know if there are any red flags to your reappearing in court after posting bond. Red flags include:
What 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.