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 [..]