Criminal Law Practice Areas
My job is to help my clients navigate the cold & confusing criminal justice system and guide them through one of the hardest moments of their life.
Domestic violence charges have serious consequences, and a conviction will impact your profession, housing, and gun rights. Domestic Violence cases involve protection orders and can range from criminal mischief, harassment, third-degree assault, and second-degree assault to strangulation. You need help with these charges.
Assault & Menacing
Assault and menacing cases can be both misdemeanor charges or felony charges. Assault cases can involve serious bodily injury or a deadly weapon. Some assault cases are designated as “Crimes of Violence.” Don’t fight these charges on your own. A “Crime of Violence” requires mandatory prison time and you must serve a majority of the time.
Sex cases include sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on an adult either through drugging the victim or with force, internet luring or communicating with an underage person on the internet and soliciting sex, possession and/or distribution of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child, prostitution, or solicitation.
Restraining orders can be civil or criminal. A civil restraining order is called a Protection Order and they are procured in County Court. A civil protection order can be temporary or permanent. Every criminal case requires a Mandatory Protection Order that is designed to protect victims and witnesses in criminal cases. Violating these is a separate crime.
Theft & Burglary
Theft, Burglary cases, and municipal shoplifting cases. Restitution issues are always at issue in these cases and separate hearings on restitution will be held. The court must rule within 91 days from the date of conviction.
Drug Possession & Distribution
Misdemeanor possession charges and felony possession charges, felony distribution charges, Fentanyl cases, focusing on rehabilitation instead of incarceration is key to a solid defense. Personal use vs. distribution is also an important factor to look at.
Probation violations can lead to re-sentencing on the underlying criminal case. All sentencing options are available including jail and/or prison. It is important to have an attorney request all of your probation file information and argue on your behalf at the hearing.
DUI / DWAI / DUID
Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Some common medications include Ambien, Benedryl, and Xanax. Marijuana is also included. It is not legal to smoke marijuana and drive and in Colorado, 5ng is a presumptive level of impairment. With the right lawyer, this can be challenged at trial.
Traffic & DMV Hearings
Several traffic offenses have an impact on your driver’s license. It is helpful to have an attorney with you to handle the DMV hearing officer. An attorney can get your suspension length shortened and request a “red” license in certain cases.
Road rage cases, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol with an accident that causes death, careless driving resulting in death, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death cases. All of these are aggravated charges and should be taken seriously when considering your representation.
Sealing Criminal Records
Colorado has increased the types of cases that can be sealed. Sealed cases are still visible to law enforcement but once the case is sealed, it cannot be held against you in employment, housing, or other situations. Contact us to see if your conviction is eligible to be sealed.
Gun charges can be misdemeanor-level offenses or very serious felony charges. Weapons and gun charges often accompany serious felony charges and can aggravate both assaults and drug cases. You need an attorney if you have been charged with an offense involving weapons or guns.