The best Denver Colorado defense attorneys fighting for you
Communities our criminal attorneys serve include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial and Boulder.
Years of experience
Decades of defense experience have taught us how cops and district attorneys put together cases. While some Colorado criminal defense lawyers take a wait-and-see approach, we know there’s no time to waste. The best criminal lawyers know that often the most critical window is right after an arrest.
After all—the police and prosecutor aren’t waiting to build a case against you. Why give them a head start? Cases aren’t just won in the courtroom. Knowing who to talk to and who has the discretion to negotiate are often just as important as making the best impression on the jury—although we know how to do that, too.
Studies show that a defendant with a lawyer at first appearance is:
- 2 ½ times more likely to be released on his or her own recognizance;
- 4 ½ times more likely to have the amount of bail significantly reduced; and
- Often likely to serve less time in jail.1
Together with our private criminal investigators and experts, we’ll get to work immediately to protect your rights. We’ll locate and interview witnesses, obtain surveillance tapes, and do all the necessary background research into the facts of your case. Surprise twists work well on TV, but in real life, it pays to be prepared.
Sometimes it’s possible to stop criminal charges from ever being filed. At other times, savvy and early negotiating can get the district attorney to reconsider the charges. Our Denver criminal defense lawyers will present your story and evidence in the best possible light.
When the prosecutors see the whole picture—and not just what the cops or the alleged victim have to say—they may decide to file lesser charges. Or they might not file charges at all. But we are also not afraid to take cases to a jury trial. In short, our criminal lawyers fight your case and do whatever is best for you.
Close personal contact with your attorney
Defending a Colorado DUI / DWAI or criminal case is hard enough. The last thing you need is the added stress of not being able to reach your lawyer about criminal matters. We pride ourselves on the accessibility of both our lawyers and our skilled support staff.
In order to give you emotional support as well as top criminal representation, we observe two policies:
- Every client phone call, email or text is returned the same day; and
- Every client gets the personal cell phone number of his/her attorney and the lawyer’s assistant.
Every county and every courthouse has its own way of doing things. The criminal law court process in Denver County can differ quite a bit from the criminal court process in Weld County, Jefferson County, Adams County, or Arapahoe County. Not to mention that there is a world of difference between the adult courts and the Colorado juvenile justice system.
Our criminal defense law firm understands the subtle differences between negotiating with the 4th Judicial District Attorney for El Paso and Teller Counties and the District Attorney for Larimer or Douglas County. No two D.A.’s offices or courthouses are alike any more than any other case is just like yours. We care enough to know the difference.
Crimes we defend
We defend clients against ALL types of criminal charges. Some of our practice areas include:
Colorado felony assault involves intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person. It can be first-degree assault, second-degree assault or third-degree assault, depending on the seriousness of the injury, whether a weapon was used, and whether the victim is in a special class (such as being elderly or disabled).
“Menacing” occurs when you threaten someone with assault and place that person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is typically a misdemeanor, except when a deadly weapon is used in making the threat.
Here in Colorado, domestic violence is not a separate crime. It is a sentencing enhancement that can add as many as several years in prison to your sentence, depending on whether you have a history of domestic violence.
The domestic violence enhancement can be charged in conjunction with ANY other crime if the victim is a current or former intimate partner. Crimes to which it frequently applies include spousal abuse, child abuse (when abusing the child is done to control the partner), stalking, assault, or menacing.
Perhaps most importantly, if you are suspected of domestic violence you will be subjected to a mandatory protective order before you are even tried, and even if the alleged victim does not want to press charges.
The domestic violence restraining order will prohibit you from harassing, molesting, intimidating, retaliating against, or tampering with any witness or the alleged victim. It will also severely restrict your rights. You will not be able to have any contact with the alleged victim, even if he or she is willing or initiates the contact. If children were present at the time of the alleged offense, the no contact order may also be extended to the children.
If you are subject to a protective order, you will not even be permitted to consume alcohol. Violation of a Colorado protective order — even by accident — can land you in jail. As a consequence, it is in your interest to retain the best Denver criminal defense attorneys as possible as soon as there is any suspicion of domestic violence.
Our Colorado drunk driving lawyers defend all types of vehicle offenses, from driving without a valid Colorado driver’s license to vehicular homicide. We also defend license revocation proceedings in front of the DMV.
The DMV estimates that the cost of a first-time DUI conviction exceeds $10,000. In addition, drunk and drugged driving carries collateral consequences far beyond fines, lawyer fees and court costs.
Depending on your blood alcohol concentration and history, consequences of a drunk driving conviction can include increased insurance costs, mandatory drug and/or alcohol treatment and counseling, loss of your driver’s license, and/or installation of an ignition interlock device for several years.
Our Colorado drug lawyers defend against possession, sales and distribution charges, from misdemeanor violations of marijuana laws to felony drug trafficking in narcotics such as heroin and cocaine, and minor in possession cases.
Consequences of drug criminal offenses can include not only time in prison or jail, but mandatory drug testing and counseling, hefty fines, and the possible loss of future employment. However, with a vigorous defense, we can often get narcotics charges dismissed — or negotiate a plea bargain to a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Whereas state laws are fairly tolerant for first-time offenders in many categories, sex offenses are an exception. Some sex crimes are misdemeanors — prostitution and soliciting, for instance. But the punishment for crimes such as sexual assault and child molestation can be particularly severe. If convicted of a felony sex crime as an adult, you are likely to spend many years in prison. In addition, your name will be listed on Colorado’s sex offender registry for decades and may appear on multiple sex offender websites.
The good news is that sex crimes can be difficult to prove. We defend clients accused of sexual assault, sexual contact, and other offenses by digging into the circumstances surrounding the allegations. In addition, the Colorado legislature recognizes that in many cases the public interest is best served by community monitoring and counseling, rather than incarceration. If what you need is treatment, we will fight to get it for you, so that you can stay at home and keep your job, your family and your freedom.
Some of the most commonly charged crimes are shoplifting, auto theft, robbery, and breaking and entering. Penalties for theft crimes range from a fine and probation for property worth less than $950, to years — and even decades — in prison for grand theft or the use of weapons. There are many defenses available to defeat theft and burglary charges. From challenging the valuation of the property to negotiating pleas to lesser charges, our skilled theft lawyers know them all.
In addition to defending you against criminal charges, other services our criminal defense attorneys provide include:
- Legal “second opinions”
- Bail and release help
- Defending Colorado probation, parole and protective order violations
- Restoring your Colorado gun rights
- Reducing your Colorado felony to a misdemeanor
- Protecting your right to drive at Colorado DMV hearings
- Criminal defense of immigrants
Your case, your story
Some people believe that the D.A. wouldn’t accuse you of a crime if you weren’t guilty. But we know that many people accused are truly innocent. Situations can arise out of self-defense, accidents, mistaken identification, false accusations or mental illness. At other times, the prosecutor simply wants to be perceived as “tough on crime” and overcharges. And sometimes, instead of jail time, what you simply need is a little compassion and help--such as drug rehab or anger management.
Our criminal defense / DUI lawyers leave no stone unturned to find the best defense. We scrutinize the accuser’s background to look for bias against our client. We independently investigate the case with our own private detectives and forensic experts. And then we work aggressively to get it so that you get the help you need and the compassion you deserve.
Is the firm open and operating during COVID-19 crisis?
Yes. Our team of attorneys and staff are still available to our existing and potential clients 24/7. In the interest of everyone’s safety, we are conducting most of our consultations over the phone or by video-conferencing. But we are also available to meet by appointment at our Denver office.
We are also offering our legal representation at flexible fees and payment plans to people furloughed or laid-off during this challenging time.
Can my case get dismissed?
There are several available defense strategies that may persuade prosecutors to drop the charges. And for certain first-time offenders, judges may be willing to grant a deferred judgment. This means the case will get dismissed once the defendant completes various sentencing terms. This typically includes paying a fine and attending counseling.
Will I go to jail?
Judges typically impose fines for first-time offenders convicted of minor charges. And for more serious convictions and violent crimes, judges may agree to probation and/or alternative sentencing such as electronic monitoring.
How long will my case stay on my record?
Any charge that gets dismissed may be sealed right away. Otherwise, there is a one- to five-year waiting period to seal a conviction. And convictions for the following crimes may never be sealed:
- Class 1 felonies, class 2 felonies, class 3 felonies, and level 1 drug felonies
- Sex crimes
- Domestic violence
- Misdemeanor traffic offenses
- Traffic infractions
Record sealing is not automatic. Filing a petition is required.
Can I represent myself?
Yes, but it is not recommended. The Colorado criminal justice system is confusing and daunting. And defendants with no criminal defense representation tend to get worse plea deals.
I’ve never been arrested before – what happens now?
Following an arrest, the information goes to the D.A. If they decide to prosecute, the court will hold an arraignment – the formal reading of charges. Then begins a period of negotiation between the prosecutors and defense attorneys. This can last weeks or months. The vast majority of cases resolve without a trial.
Our home office in Denver is headed up by Colorado criminal lawyer Michael Becker. Mr. Becker is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is the only attorney with a perfect 100 score on lawyer.com. He also has the distinction of being a National Advocacy for DUI Defense “Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney”.
Colorado criminal attorney Mark Savoy is a former prosecutor, so he knows firsthand how to one-up the D.A. and fight for reduced charges and case dismissals in all types of cases, from DUI charges to white collar crimes.
Colorado criminal defense attorney Ethan Ice is a skilled and creative negotiator. He can often persuade prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges without extensive litigation. But he is also one of our premier trial lawyers and is adept at selling his clients’ side to a jury.
Colorado criminal defense attorney Bradley Smith is a former prosecutor. So he knows how their minds work and can often get charges reduced or dismissed with no trial.
Colorado Legal Defense Group’s newest recruit, Joseph Jestus is extremely effective both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. And as a former public defender, he has extensive experience providing legal counsel in all types of misdemeanor and serious felony cases. Se habla español.
Operations manager Danielle Hebert and paralegal Diane Barrera (se habla español) help provide our attorneys legendary customer service while keeping the office running smoothly. And our private investigator Camilla Kapustina gives our litigation team a vital edge.
Contact us for a free consultation
We start every case the same way: by listening. The police and the accusers are going to have their story. We’ll be presenting yours. So we want to start by hearing and understanding your side of it and your legal issues. And then we will craft a defense in pursuit of the best possible outcome in the state of Colorado. Call us or use the contact form on this page for a free initial consultation and legal advice to see if we’re the right defense lawyers for you.
Fighting an arrest can be a frightening experience. But you don’t have to go it alone.
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