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Jury Trial or Judge Trial in Denver? Which is Better?

Jury-Judge-Trial-Colorado.jpgJury Trial or Judge Trial for Denver Criminal Charges

In many courts, you have the choice whether to have a judge or a jury decide your guilt or innocence. But which is better? You want to be found innocent and not guilty, right? If so, consider a Denver jury trial every time. Judges are not the best route to take. Let's figure out why in the blog to follow.  Read why a jury trial is best.

Reckless Endangerment, C.R.S. 18-3-208 - In Denver Metro Area

Reckless-Endangerment.jpgReckless Endangerment - Short And Subjective

Reckless Endangerment is defined by C.R.S. 18-3-208 as "a person who recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person." I'm not sure if it is the shortest statute on the books, but it must be a contender.

Police Officers & Courts: Look Out for #1

In the legal business, police officers are the first judge people meet. Really. Arapahoe and Douglas County officers must make decisions on who to arrest and what crimes to charge. In a domestic violence situation, they will generally charge the man becaue this is safest. In a fight between two men, however, officers are torn with who to charge. The result? They often just charge both men because this is safer for their careers.

Like Everyone, Many Judges are Biased

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We all like to think of judges as neutral parties - and some really are. More recently in Colorado, however, we are seeing many Deputy District Attorneys being appointed as judges. Somehow, judicial nominating commissions and the governor think DAs are more politically appealing to voters in Denver, Jefferson and Douglas County. The problem is that District Attorneys are not able to set their DA mindset aside when working with defense attorneys and their defendant clients.

Why Judges Hate Jury Trials

Why judges hate jury trials in courts used to be a mystery to me. Even though the Colorado and United States' Constitutions guarantee criminal defendants jury trials in courts, judges hate them. After more than twenty years of working with judges, I understand the reasons why.

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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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