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Felony DUI in Colorado? A DUI / DWAI Lawyer Explains


Felony DUI Lawyer | Denver DUI Felony Rules

You are safe from a Felony DUI if you have not had three prior qualifying DUI / DWAI convictions in Colorado. This includes some non-alcohol convictions. However, you can still face some pretty serious Denver County Jail time, with a misdemeanor charge. Plus, a law change from last August requires a mandatory period of jail if the judge decides to give you probation on a 4th DUI.

Sentencing Ranges and Terms in Denver, Colorado Courts


How Does a Judge Decide the Sentence in a Criminal Case?

Criminal Sentencing in Jefferson County, Colorado courts, is difficult to predict. Sometimes, judges fly off the handle and give a long sentence for a crime. Other times, you wonder if the judge cares about the crime at all. Let's look at the important points a judge looks at to determine a sentence for a crime in Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Lakewood, Colorado.

What is the Difference Between County Court and District Court in Arapahoe and Douglas County, Colorado?


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.

Heat of Passion Criminal Defenses: Lawyer in Arapahoe County

Heat of Passion: Attorneys' Defenses for Criminal Charges in Douglas County, Colorado

Heat of Passion for sentencing is a unique defense in Douglas County courts, which can greatly reduce your potential time to serve in the Colorado Department of Corrections prison. Heat of Passion is similar to an "irresistible impulse," but not one of the affirmative defenses, which can result in a complete win. Let's look at two examples used in Arapahoe County.

Crime of Violence with Mandatory Sentencing in Arapahoe County

Mandatory Sentencing in Douglas County, Colorado, for Crimes of Violence: Attorney's List

Some criminal law crimes in Douglas County are seen as so harmful and violent, that they are classified as Crimes of Violence and require a mandatory sentence to prison. Generally speaking, law makers in Colorado want to be certain offenders go to prison, and have taken discretion away from Arapahoe County judges to give a county jail or probation sentence. Here is the required sentencing under the crime of violence law:

Sentencing for an Extraordinary Risk Crime - Douglas County Lawyer Explains

Extraordinary-Risk-Sentenci.jpgCastle Rock and Parker Extraordinary Risk Crime Defense Attorney

Some crimes have been classified as having an added risk level to the public - so much so that they are thought to deserve greater jail or prison sentencing. Instead of just a bad punishment, they get a really bad punishment. The key point is not to commit or to not plead guilty to these crimes, or you may get a longer prison / jail sentence. The best criminal defense lawyers know how to avoid facing this strict sentencing law. Colorado Court Sentencing Hearing.

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.

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.

Criminal Mischief Lawyer in Denver, Colorado C.R.S 18-4-501

Criminal-Mischief.jpgCriminal Mischief May Also Include Domestic Violence in Denver

Criminal Mischief is also known as the destruction of another person's property in Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County. As a criminal defense attorney who practices law every day in the courts throughout this great state, I have seen many people face false misdemeanor and felony charges. In the worst instances, these same people are dealing with Domestic Violence as a sentence enhancer to those charges. People facing charges of Criminal Mischief need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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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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