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Before you go to court or talk to the district attorney or make any decisions- READ THE FOLLOWING  INFORMATION THE GOVERNMENT WON’T TELL YOU!

1.  TIME OF THE ESSENCE

If you have been charged with a crime in the Denver area or believe you will be charged, time is of the essence. If you decide to hire a Denver criminal defense attorney, give your attorney the largest amount of time to work on your case.  There are many times with witnesses have not been properly interviewed or there is video evidence that could be helpful to your case, if its not collected quickly, it may be lost forever.

2.  DO CONSIDER HIRING A DENVER CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

If you cannot afford to hire a Denver criminal defense attorney you may apply for the services of the public defenders.  The District Attorneys know that they can avoid telling you important information on your case if you don not have an attorney.  Your criminal defense attorney knows the rules, laws, and court procedure.  You may be lost if you are going at it alone.  Talk with your prospective attorney about your goals, expectations, and potential defenses that you may have.  You may check out ATTORNEY HIRE GUIDE for tips on hiring your attorney.

3.  DON’T RUSH INTO A DECISION

Here is what you need to know.  If you are being accused of a crime investigate all possible outcomes of your case and then make the best decision for you given your circumstances.   Many people who accept a quick plea agreement from the government later regret the decision and worse, had a practical defense that went undetected because they did not contact a Denver criminal defense attorney.  Pleading without testing the government’s evidence will not make the judge happy and is not a good idea just to “get it over with.”  Many convictions have consequences outside of the penalty that the court will impose, so this is not the time to make a quick decision.

If you are representing yourself in the case at some point a prosecutor will make a plea offer.  This person is not looking out for your best interest and more importantly will not tell you if the case is weak or strong.  It is strongly recommend that you either hire a Denver defense attorney or apply for the services of the public defenders office.   Generally, there are no easy choices in criminal defense.  The first decision is to accept a plea or fight the case in a jury  or court trial.

4.  DON’T TALK TO ANY POLICE OFFICER OR THE PROSECUTOR

DO NOT talk with law enforcement or the prosecution before consulting with a Denver criminal defense attorney who can tell you of your rights, defenses, and potential consequences that you may face. If you are questioned about your involvement in any crime, arrested on a criminal complaint, or charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, YOU have a right to have a Denver criminal defense attorney with you, YOU can refuse to answer any questions, but YOU have to assert your rights. Before answering any questions or making any statement to authorities, contact an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney who can recommend to you how to best protect your rights.

Most criminal defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors will tell:  MAKE NO STATEMENTS.  You will gain no points with the police if you talk to the police.  This is because what you say will be used against you, even if you are innocent, even if everything is completely wrong, this is not the time to tell your side of the story.  You have a constitutional right to remain silent and this is the time to exercise that right.  You need a Denver criminal defense attorney who can give an aggressive defense that you need while giving you the personal attention and time that you deserve. For more information on the defense of a criminal case you can visit our testimonials and defending your case .

5.  Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

The legal consequences of a criminal prosecution and/or conviction can be severe and may impact various areas of your life.  You face: fines, probation, loss of driving privileges, community service hours, incarceration, restrictions to your fourth amendment rights, and potential immigration consequences among others.  In Colorado most misdemeanor and felony convictions cannot be expunged or sealed, so this will become a permanent record.

Consulting or retaining a Denver criminal defense attorney is the first step and one of the most important steps to protecting your rights and defending your case. The personal consequences of a criminal conviction are just as powerful. Employment status is jeopardized, as you miss work due to court hearings or being jailed or suffer the stigma of a criminal conviction.  A criminal record could prevent you from finding gainful employment; jeopardize admission to college or obtaining financial aid for college. A Denver criminal defense attorney can help reduce or eliminate these life-altering consequences of conviction.

Classification of Crimes in Colorado

Colorado classifies crimes as petty offenses, misdemeanors or felonies.

A petty offense is the most minor of offenses and is punishable by a fine or up to a maximum of six months imprisonment (jail), not in a state correctional facility.

There are three classifications of misdemeanors in Colorado.  A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine and/or incarceration in county jail for up to two years, depending on the crime and misdemeanor classification. A felony is Colorado’s most serious classification of crimes.

There are six classifications of felonies in Colorado. A felony is punishable by incarceration in county jail or prison, depending on the crime and felony classification. A presumptive range for a felony prison sentence can range from one year to life.  With this large of a swing in felony classifications, it’s best to determine what potential sentencing range your case falls under.

Regardless of the classification of crime that you are charged with, let a Denver criminal defense attorney fight for you.  Don’t expect the courts, prosecutor, or police to look out for your rights or to give you the benefit of the doubt – contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION and put your trust in the hands of your Denver criminal defense attorney or call us today at (303) 747-4686. We represent person charged with the full spectrum of criminal charges, including:

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Author: Laurie Schmidt

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