Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Who Has the Burden of Proof in Criminal Cases

Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Burden of Proof

In a criminal trial, the burden of proof always falls on the government—prosecution—who must prove criminal charges against a defendant. In the United States, a defendant is always presumed innocent under any and all circumstances until found guilty under the Constitution’s 5th and 14th amendment protections of due process.

For an individual to be found guilty in a criminal court, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury or, in a bench trial, [..]

Esteemed Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Answers A Common Question—Do I Need A Criminal Lawyer?

The answer is a resounding YES.

If you’ve been charged with any crime or suspect you’re going to be arrested, it’s not too soon to retain a criminal defense attorney. While you think you can handle your case alone, the repercussions of not retaining a savvy, experienced criminal defense attorney could make the difference between prison or freedom, a criminal record or not.

Worst of all, a criminal conviction can take your freedom. Even if you think the charges aren‘t serious, a conviction could create negative, life-altering [..]

How to Learn Whether or Not You Have a Colorado Criminal Record

Do you have a criminal record?

You may think that the answer to that question should be obvious, but many people have a mistaken notion of how criminal records are created in Colorado.

In this post, we’ll explain what causes you to get a criminal record, how to run a background check on yourself to learn if you’ve got one, and whether you can get your record sealed or expunged.

How You Get a Criminal Record in Colorado

First, let’s clear up the most common myth: you [..]

Sex Offender Registration: Which Colorado Crimes Require It?

If you are arrested for a sex crime in Colorado, there are all kinds of potential consequences that are awaiting you. Prison time. High fines. Probation. Abandonment by neighbors, coworkers, people you thought were friends, and even family members. A criminal record that will follow you around for the rest of your life.

Perhaps the biggest consequence, however, is having to register as a sex offender. If this is part of your sentence, you will be subject to a whole host of frustrating requirements and limitations, such [..]

Tips for Finding the Right Colorado Criminal Lawyer for You

Criminal charges are a serious matter. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have a serious impact on what jobs you can pursue, where you can live, how you are viewed in court if you are charged later on, and other restrictions. Felony convictions can have even more serious impacts on your life and the loss of basic American rights.

If you want to give yourself the best chance at receiving a positive outcome in your case, you need a skilled Colorado criminal lawyer. There are many defense attorneys [..]