Fight Denver Criminal Charges with the Strongest Possible Defense
No one ever expects that they are going to be charged with a crime. One moment you are living your normal life, and the next a police officer places you in handcuffs and hauls you down to the police station.
Needless to say, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Some people react by putting up a wall and acting like the situation is no big deal. Others catastrophize, deciding that there is nothing to do and their lives are over. A fair number react with anger at the unfairness of it all. All of these reactions can result in additional problems and complications.
So how should you react? By reaching out to a knowledgeable criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
Why? Because the repercussions of a criminal conviction loom large in our state – no matter what your alleged offense – and you need someone on your side who can clearly and concisely explain what is going on and what options are available.
Depending on your particular charge, you might face prison time, high fines, the loss of your driver’s or professional license, sex offender registration, having your children taken away, and more. The experienced legal professionals at WeedenLaw have dealt with cases involving all these potential consequences. They understand what it takes to craft the strongest possible defense based on the specific facts of your case. You need a defense that will provide you with the best chance at getting your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed, or avoiding a guilty verdict should your case go to trial. Jeff Weeden has helped countless Coloradans just like you do this over the years, and he has the skills and knowledge to help you as well.
What You’re Up against If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime in Denver
Criminal penalties in Colorado are some of the stiffest in the country, with many offenses including the possibility of decades in prison, exorbitant fines, and other extreme consequences. For the most serious crimes, you can even get life in prison or the death penalty.
Consequences depend on the severity of the charge, and in our state, criminal offenses are divided into misdemeanors and felonies, then further sub-divided into different classes. Below are details about the general penalties you are up against based on the level of misdemeanor or felony you have been charged with.
Class 3 Misdemeanors
This class of misdemeanor is the least serious. As such, it has the least severe consequences attached to it. If you are convicted of a class 3 misdemeanor, you face jail time of up to six months, $50-$750 in fines, or both.
Class 2 Misdemeanors
More serious than a class 3 misdemeanor, this charge includes the possibility of 3-12 months in jail, $250-$1,000 in fines, or both.
Class 1 Misdemeanors
The most serious misdemeanor offense in our state includes 6-18 months in jail, $500-$5,000 in fines, or both.
Class 6 Felonies
A class 6 felony is the least serious felony in our statutes, but the consequences are still more severe than those of any misdemeanor offense. Conviction comes with the possibility of 12-18 months in prison and $1,000-$100,000 in fines.
Class 5 Felonies
The next level of felony includes the possibility of 1-3 years in prison and $1,000-$100,000 in fines.
Class 4 Felonies
If you are convicted of a class 4 felony, you could get 2-6 years in prison and $2,000-$500,000 in fines.
Class 3 Felonies
Penalties for class 3 felonies include 4-12 years in state prison and $3,000-$750,000 in fines.
Class 2 Felonies
Anyone found guilty of this class of felony can be punished with 8-24 years in prison and $5,000-$1,000,000 in fines.
Class 1 Felonies
This charge is reserved for only the most serious crimes, and the penalties fit this designation. If convicted, you could get life in prison or even the death penalty.
In addition to these general criminal consequences, specific types of crimes come with specific penalties. Most sex crimes require sex offender registration. DUIs can result in the loss of your driver’s license or the requirement to use an IID in your car. Those are just a few examples.
How Denver Criminal Lawyer Jeffrey Weeden Can Help Your Case
The point of hiring a criminal attorney to help fight your charge is two-fold:
- You get someone with an in-depth knowledge of Colorado law who gives you the best chance at reaching a positive outcome.
- You can rest a little bit easier knowing that an experienced professional will guide you through the process and ensure no mistakes will be made.
When you work with WeedenLaw, you get focused, caring defense lawyers who want to make this process go as smoothly as possible while striving for the best possible result, based on what you hope to achieve and the facts of the case. To this end, Mr. Weeden and the other legal professionals at WeedenLaw always work hard to break down what is happening in the case, so it is easy to understand. We want to give you a voice and a say in your future, so we welcome any questions or concerns clients have and pride ourselves on our availability. In terms of getting results, our goal is to work with you to develop an aggressive defense strategy. Depending on the nature of your situation, this may involve using investigators, analysts, polygraph examiners, and expert witnesses to prepare your case – and you – for anything that comes.
Just Some of the Denver Criminal Defense Cases We Commonly Take on Include:
If you do not see your particular offense listed here, do not hesitate to get in touch. The best way to know for sure if we can help is to reach out.
Why Denver, Coloradans Facing Criminal Charges Should Get in Touch with WeedenLaw As Soon as They’re Charged
The first few days after an arrest are often some of the most important.
Because this is the time when police typically have you in custody. If you have an experienced Denver criminal attorney by your side, he or she will be able to advise you on how to act and what you should and should not say. Moreover, they will know what the police are legally able to do and hold them accountable if they violate your rights or otherwise go beyond the bounds of the law.
Beyond this, it is a simple matter of time: the longer a lawyer has to craft a defense for you, the stronger it is likely to be. Delaying serves no purpose other than to give the prosecutor even more of a head start.