Personal Note From James Newby

Colorado Springs criminal lawyer James Newby describes some common threads he sees in the hundreds of criminal cases he manages every year in Colorado Springs.


As a criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs, I see all kinds of criminal charges. The most common types of cases involve disputes between family members and friends. One of the hardest parts of my chosen field is to see the effect that decisions have on good people. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, most of my clients are good people who make bad choices. Over the years, a common theme has arisen. Almost without exception, the legal problems that my clients get themselves into involve one of three things – anger, alcohol, or drugs.

Anger & Criminal Violence

Anger is the most common cause for crimes of violence. Most domestic violence cases stem from an uncontrolled temper. A lot of people sit in my office and when calm, cannot understand how they ended up in the situation they find themselves.  However, if they look deep inside themselves they will recognize a weakness in controlling their temper. It should be each person’s sincere and deepest desire to overcome such a weakness. Anger will destroy every area of a person’s life and will build nothing.

Alcohol And Crime

Alcohol accounts for a lot of crime.  Of course, there are many crimes committed without it, but in many, many criminal situations, it is present. Alcohol abuse is a plague of epic proportions. It is not possible to calculate the damage caused by individuals under the influence. When people visit with me many cannot even remember what they did while intoxicated. The worst part is how addictive alcohol true can be to those under its power. When combined with anger, it can cause even more damage and leave in its wake death and destruction.

Drugs And Addiction

Drugs are downright scary. A person under the iron grip of addiction will do things that they never thought possible. Honest people become dishonest. Kind people become deceptive and mean. The motto becomes whatever it takes to fill the addiction. While not as common as anger and alcohol, a large part of the criminal justice system is utilized fighting the war on drugs.

Families Teaching Children

What is needed to fix the problem are families teaching children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Parents demonstrating and teaching the younger generation what it means to exercise self-control and to avoid anger.  A wise person said that one of the reasons our youth fail is that there are poor teaching and the modeling of behavior at home. My personal hope is that parents will love their children and teach them. The most effective teaching method is by example.

I recognize that many come from broken or less than ideal homes. We should all know that a good home can start with us. Being a criminal defense attorney in Colorado Springs is very satisfying. I represent all types of crimes. My hope is that what I’m will make a difference, that I can help others.  

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