FAQ

What should I do if I am under investigation for a crime?

Call now if you think you are a suspect in a crime, questioned regarding your connection to a crime or if you have been arrested. I believe that criminal defense legal representation at the earliest possible time is the best course of action for you.

I have been charged with a misdemeanor, do I need a lawyer?

YES! Misdemeanors are still criminal in nature, can still result in jail and a conviction record. Do not take a misdemeanor charge lightly. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Can my criminal record be expunged or sealed?

In August 2019, Colorado changed some eligibility and procedural laws to include many more situations that can benefit from sealing criminal records. These rules have many parts and can be confusing. Call us today for a consultation to see if you are preliminarily eligible.

What are you fees?

Fees are based on a number of factors, including anticipated time involved in your representation, seriousness of the charged offense and complexity of the potential trial issues. We have been providing high-quality Colorado criminal defense representation for over 10 years. In that time, we have kept close track of the hours and outlays and calculated a reasonable fee. We primarily charge flat rate retainers for common cases and hourly fees for more complicated matters.

What is a flat fee?

A flat fee is a set price for the legal work provided by the firm. I feel a flat rate approach allows more open communication between attorney and client; the client is not afraid of being nickel and dimed when they call the firm and ask questions or provide additional information. Additionally, sometimes the court process is drawn out by the court or district attorney. In these circumstances, it is unfair to let a delay force a worse plea because the client is unable to pay additional attorney fees.

What payment types do you accept?

We work with LAWPAY to process all credit card and debit card payments. We can accept payment online through an online portal. We also can accept personal checks, cash and money orders.

Are you currently accepting Pro-Bono cases?

Currently, we accept pro bono cases only through our partners that can accurately screen for need.

What courthouses do you work in?

We represent clients at all metro area courts including: Denver County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Larimer County, Boulder County, Elbert County, and all municipalities within.

What is a misdemeanor and a felony and how are they different?

A misdemeanor charge is a "lesser" charge and is punishable by less than one year in jail. A felony charge is a greater charge and could result in a lengthier sentence with a minimum of one year in jail.

How soon should I hire a lawyer?

The faster you get in touch with an attorney, the better your chances of a positive result. While you do have the right to represent yourself, you will be facing an experienced and knowledgeable prosecuting attorney representing the state or federal government. With your future on the line, it's foolish to take your representation lightly. You owe it to yourself and to your reputation to ensure that the strongest possible defense team is on your side.

Can I hire any lawyer for my criminal matter?

No, there are several different areas of law, and not all attorneys practice criminal defense. Those who do specialize in this area may not represent clients in both state and federal level courts. It is important to hire a legal representative that: Has extensive experience in a wide range of criminal legal situations, has extensive trial and litigation experience, can handle state and federal charges, has a proven ability to successfully defend clients in and out of the courtroom, stays up to date and educated on changes to statutes that can affect the rights of citizens.

Can a criminal defense lawyer guarantee a favorable result?

There is no way that a criminal defense lawyer can ever guarantee a client any type of result, as this would be unethical. With that said, however, our firm can ensure that dedication and vigorous representation will be provided to all clients in need of assistance for any type of criminal legal matter.

Will my case go to trial?

This is a surprisingly complicated question. While the majority of criminal defense cases do not go to trial, you want to make certain you have an attorney on your side with trial experience in case yours is one of the few that does. Furthermore, a trial attorney will leverage the possibility of trial in order to obtain a better plea deal.

I have no criminal history, will this help my case?

Having a clean criminal record can help in negotiating your case. Your criminal history, or lack of history, would generally not be relevant if your case went to trial.

My spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend does not want to press charges against me in a domestic violence case – does this mean the prosecutor will drop the case?

Unfortunately, no. It is the prosecutor's decision to press charges, and it is not uncommon for the prosecutor to go forward on a case even when the "victim" would prefer to have it dropped.

What should I wear to court?

We recommend that you dress professionally - as though you are going to a job interview. Do not wear the following: shorts, tank tops, or hats - some Judges will refuse to allow you in the courtroom wearing such items. Also, do not chew gum in court!

When should I arrive for my court appearance?

It is generally not necessary to arrive more than a few minutes before the hearing is scheduled. However, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your way to the courtroom. If the judge calls roll at the beginning of the calendar and you are not present – you may have to wait until the end to have your case called.

What should I bring to court?

You should keep a file of all documents relevant to your case and bring this to court every time you appear. Also, if the judge has ordered you to attend self-help meetings like AA or be in treatment – make sure you bring proof of this (in writing) to every court hearing.

I missed a court date, what should I do now?

First, contact an attorney who can help you deal with the warrant that was issued when you missed your court date. You also have the option of turning yourself in to the jail or posting the bail or bond.

Will the court hold it against me for pleading not guilty?

Absolutely not. Judges understand that this is an important step, and some will not even allow you to plead guilty until you have had time to consult with an attorney about your case.

I have never met with a lawyer before, what happens during the initial consultation?

The lawyer should meet with you in private (this is a confidential consultation) to discuss your case, your history, your goals, your options, and to discuss the cost of hiring an attorney to represent you.

What information should I bring to a meeting with a lawyer?

Bring as much information about your case as you have – particularly any documents from the court or police. It is also helpful to bring a list of whatever questions or concerns you have about your case – so you do not forget anything.

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Sometimes people are falsely accused or they simply made a bad decision. Even in cases that seem identical, nuances can dramatically change the outcome. Our top priority is always to protect our client’s interests and use our expertise to get them free from the charges in the court. We make all lawfully possible efforts to save our clients from harsh punishment. Even if a punishment is compulsory, we make efforts to reduce the penalty or detention.