Criminal Defense Blog Colorado Springs

Helpful advice for people in Colorado Springs facing criminal charges for DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, domestic violence and other criminal crimes.

As a Colorado Springs DUI Lawyer, people often ask me how much is too much to drink and then drive. People seem to want to know how close they can get to the line without crossing over. This attitude may lead some to walk dangerously close to the edge of the cliff and perhaps some may even call over the edge. This time of year is a time of rejoicing and love. No one wants to spend it in regret and sorrow for poor choices. During the holidays, people spend time with family, friends, and co-workers celebrating the joy of the Christmas season. Often in celebrating, people attend parties where they consume alcohol, at times to excess. Unfortunately, some people who consume too much alcohol also choose to drive home, putting themselves and the public at risk.

In Colorado, it is illegal for anyone under the age of twenty-one to possess or consume alcohol or marijuana. If you are charged with being a minor in possession or underage drinking, please contact a Colorado Springs Criminal defense lawyer, who knows the system and can walk you through the process. A conviction for underage drinking may follow you forever. It can affect your ability to get into school or find employment later in life.

Being charged with a DUI while on active duty military can result in severe consequences to someone’s military career. When Chris (name changed), an active duty soldier, came to meet with me, he was adamant that he did not drive while under the influence of alcohol. Chris insisted that he was innocent and could not take a plea due to his status in the military. After explaining to Chris that going to trial was our best option to beat the DUI, he agreed and we prepared for trial. A jury trial is a complex yet essential part of our criminal justice system.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Criminal Trespass

One of the more common charges used by law enforcement is criminal trespass. The crime of criminal trespass, as with most crimes, has various levels. This page deals with the most common form of first degree criminal trespass. If you are charged with criminal trespass, it is important that you do not attempt to handle this charge on your own. A knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney is your best option. Trying to work through the legal system on your own, without a lawyer, is similar to trying to drive a car at high speeds, through thick fog. It’s not safe and it’s definitely not smart.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Criminal Impersonation

A common criminal charge filed by law enforcement is Criminal Impersonation.

According to the state of Colorado, criminal impersonation is defined as follows, “Any person who assumes a false or fictitious identity or capacity and in such identity or capacity does an act with intent to unlawfully gain a benefit for himself or herself or another or to injure or defraud another commits a class 6 felony.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Felony Drug Charges

The legal landscape in Colorado related to felony drug charges has changed dramatically since October of 2013. The Colorado legislature created a new class of offense called drug offenses for felony drug charges.

Fraud is a very large and encompassing category of crimes and costs companies hundreds of millions of dollars each year.  Corporations have entire departments dedicated to finding and punishing perpetrators of fraud.  If you have been accused of criminal fraud and/or forgery charges, understand that this is a very serious allegation and is likely to be pursued with great vigor.  You need to protect yourself and secure an effective defense attorney like James Newby.

Probation is a second chance and should not be squandered because that may be the only chance you get.  Violating the conditions of your probation (probation violation) can have a significant life changing impact including spending a long time (even life) behind bars, depending on your original conviction and your violation. Your best bet is to follow the conditions set forth in your probation.  Meet regularly with your probation officer, stay away from drugs and alcohol, stay away from the friends who got you into trouble in the first place, complete any community service, get a job and comply with any other conditions of your probation.

Raising children is a rewarding and worthwhile pursuit, however, at times it can be very challenging.

Often times, problems can arise that leads to criminal child abuse charges. If discipline is misconstrued or a situation misread by law enforcement they will ere on the side of caution. Even without meaning to cause any harm to a child, a parent can find themselves in a very stressful and difficult legal battle. The charge of child abuse can carry with it unforeseen consequences that can stay with a person for the rest of their life.

A person commits a robbery when a person knowingly takes anything of value from another by the use of force, threats, or intimidation. A robbery can be as simple as threatening a person and telling them to give up something of value. It can be as serious and complicated as a bank robbery.

Probation is a second chance and should not be squandered because that may be the only chance you get.  Violating the conditions of your probation can have a significant life changing impact including spending a long time behind bars, depending on your original conviction and the violation.

A domestic violence charge is a serious charge with severe consequences. One of the most important things to do if you have been charged with domestic violence is to contact a domestic violence attorney Colorado Springs.

You’ve made a mistake and have been charged with a crime, or even worse, you’ve been accused of something you didn’t do. Now the full weight of the legal system is coming down on you with unmerciful & crushing force. The pressure is mounting and the walls seem to be closing in around you. What do you do now?

If you find yourself charged with a crime in Colorado Springs – what do you do next?

In most misdemeanor cases, you will be given a summons and complaint requiring you to appear in Court. The time between the summons and ticket will usually be within a couple of weeks to a few months. In some cases you will arrested and taken to the local jail. If this is the case, you will have to post bond. If that is the case, you will be required to remain in jail until the next court date or post a bond. In felony cases, you will be arrested and required to post bond either through cash, a surety, or a personal recognizance bond.

Probation is a punishment by the court which requires an individual to follow certain terms and conditions. Oftentimes probation is ordered as a sentence in place of jail time, although it can also accompany other penalties such as fines or counseling.

Is hiring a Colorado Springs traffic ticket attorney worth the expense?  If you get a traffic ticket, you are likely nervous about what could happen and for good reason – things could get very costly.  Let's explore five reasons why you might be better off working with an attorney versus going it alone in Colorado Springs traffic court. 

Traffic violations are some of the most common types of criminal offenses, and sometimes a good criminal defense attorney can help you minimize the damage to your driving record.

Domestic violence charges are difficult to fight because judges and juries often sympathize with the accuser, even if they are making false accusations. Learn more.

If you are charged with theft, you will need an experienced and knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal attorney.

Under Colorado law, a person commits theft when he or she knowingly takes the property of another person without permission. It is also required that the person taking the property do so intending to deprive the owner of the property or its use permanently. This can be referred to as petty theft, larceny, felony theft, or shoplifting.

Getting a DUI in Colorado Springs can be long lasting and painful. It is important to hire a Colorado Springs DUI Attorney who knows the system and is not afraid to challenge the prosecutor and the police.

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