It is unlawful in Colorado to utilize fraud and deceit as a means of obtaining prescription drugs. As the use and abuse of opioids rises, many people are negatively impacted. Because of the dangers involved with prescription drug addiction, law enforcement continues to crack down on the means in which people obtain these substances. In 2017 alone, there were 588 overdose deaths in Colorado via prescription drugs and illegal opioids like heroin. This is an alarming figure and the numbers for 2018 are still being assessed. As a result, prescription drug crimes are receiving extra attention.
Sexual Exploitation of a Child - The Deck is Stacked Against You
Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403, is a crime that has put many people behind bars who, in my opinion, should not be there. Why do I feel that way? It's because in their zeal to appease the public and appear tough on crime, prosecutors, politicians, and judges are stacking the deck against the accused. They revise laws, bring charges without sufficient evidence, and bend rules in favor of the prosecution. We are told it is up to the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But in reality, if a defendant does not prove his innocence, he or she will certainly be found guilty. We continue to see more new laws and court case rulings which will tighten the screws on the accused.
Illegally Obtaining Controlled Substances in Douglas County
Illegally obtaining drugs from a pharmacy in Douglas County is a Drug Offense also known as Prescription Drug Fraud and Deceit. This is a crime that is not restricted to just the homeless person who is down and out. One of the many ways people become hooked on drugs is when a patient has been legitimately treated for long term pain. Drug addicts not only live on the streets of Denver, but they also live in the suburbs of Castle Rock in Douglas County, and Littleton in Jefferson County. When a doctor or housewife does not know where to turn to satisfy her dependency she may try to get creative.
Theft cases under Colorado law (C.R.S. 18-4-401) vary in their degree of difficulty and punishment and require a skilled criminal defense attorney to help navigate the legal system in Denver, Douglas, and Arapahoe County. Theft charges can be filed against you for a variety of reasons. Maybe someone stole a laptop from work and your boss is blaming you. Perhaps you decided to take some clothing from a local department store and the alarm went off as you exited the building. What if you didn't do anything but your friend decided to take some money from another person and you just happened to be there? Any of these situations are enough for the police to try and issue you a summons or arrest you for Theft in Colorado.
Enticement of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-305, is a sexual offense crime in Colorado, with comprehensive consequences to anyone's future. Prosecutors in Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson County are waging a war of propaganda to make it easier to convict anyone accused of this crime and other child sex crimes, like Sexual Assault on a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405.
Inmate Phone Calls are Always Recorded
When our clients are in the Denver County Jail, the Jefferson County Jail, or the Adams County Jail, they experience difficult emotions surrounding their charges, their living arrangements and weakened family ties. Police and District Attorneys know this causes inmates and defendants in criminal cases to carelessly say important things about their case over the phone. As a result, they record every phone call from the Jail and save these recordings to use against the defendant - inmate later.
We frequently see District Attorneys overcharge clients at the outset of a case. It is a bit frustrating, but we've learned to accept it. Today there is a new trend, however, and it smells like bullying.
I think the general consensus of people living in the Denver Metro area is that when someone accepts a Plea Bargain from District Attorneys, the person must be guilty of something worse. I do not believe this is true, especially in serious felony Sexual Assault matters, where men and women are often overcharged.
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.
When Colorado District Attorneys charge men and women with Sexual Assault on a Child based solely on the word of a child, they change the way we must operate around kids. We cannot afford to offer physical affection to children who are not our own - and must be very careful with even our own kids. Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust, or Pattern, all can result in lifetime, or indeterminate prison sentences in Arapahoe and Jefferson County. Gone are the days when we can freely offer physical affection and affirmation to the kids who need it. Any man who does, is not paying attention.