Criminal Defense Attorneys Colorado Springs  2021-03-27T17:16:45+00:00

criminal charges attorneyGetting arrested and charged with a crime is devastating. However, it is often the beginning of a long legal process that could end in your conviction. Having a criminal record can significantly impact your entire life and future. It can affect your ability to maintain employment, find housing, and even secure a loan. As such, it is imperative that you understand the gravity of your charges and the long-term consequences you may face. It is equally important to mount a swift and aggressive defense as soon as possible.

A criminal defense attorney at the Liberty Law Center can help protect your rights during the criminal process. We understand the intricacies of criminal law in Colorado and we use this knowledge to help our clients beat serious charges the first time around. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting individuals accused of crimes throughout Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado because we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It is this dedication and commitment that makes us an ideal choice for anyone seeking to preserve their future after an arrest.

From the moment you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is important that you call our law firm. We can help get you out of jail and back into your life quickly. Our law firm knows the prosecutors, local judges, and courts that will likely be a part of your case. We use knowledge and experience to our advantage and to protect our clients every step of the way.

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Do I Need A Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you are charged with Assault, Domestic Violence, Theft or Shoplifting, or Drug Charges, we recommend that you consult with an experienced criminal law attorney. The criminal justice system is an intricate and complicated place. You need someone on your side who can not only guide you through the process but who can also ensure that you have the best defense strategy possible.

Your local criminal defense attorneys at Liberty Law Center, have over 40 years of experience defending against criminal charges and we are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you. If your liberty is at stake, Liberty Law Center is here to advocate for you and protect your rights.

What to do After an Arrest in Colorado Springs?

Call the Liberty Law Center as soon as you are able. Our lawyers can be with you during all hearings and during the bail process. In addition, we will protect your rights and prevent officers and investigators from trying to coerce a confession out of you. Know your rights! You have a right to remain silent and a right to an attorney. Be sure to call us before you talk to anyone. Even if you are innocent, investigators and prosecutors can twist your words against you. We can make sure that does not happen.

After an arrest in Colorado Springs, here are some steps you can take to help protect your future:

  • Remain calm and silent
  • Ask for legal representation immediately
  • Do not resist arrest or flee
  • Write down all facts about your arrest, even ones that may not seem important
  • Keep records and know all key dates and deadlines
  • Always show up for hearings and court appearances
  • Follow your attorney’s advice
  • Stay off of social media

What If It’s My First Offense?

Even one conviction can have a significant impact on your life. A traffic offense can affect your insurance rates, your privilege to drive, and you may even face jail time depending on the severity of the charge. A misdemeanor offense or felony can affect your ability to gain employment, keep you from going into a particular career field, prohibit you from owning a firearm, and sometimes affect your ability to rent an apartment or go to college. Subsequent convictions may carry harsher penalties such as increased fines, lengthy probation sentences, and mandatory jail or prison time.

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Types of Criminal Defense Cases

 Criminal Defense Lawyer - Colorado Springs

At Liberty Law Center, our Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience helping people just like you. We know the system in Colorado. While this may be the first time that you have encountered this type of situation, it is not ours. We have gone through this process thousands of times. As your attorneys, we will make certain that you understand the rights you have in your case. We will work with you to develop the best defense strategy and explain the options and potential outcomes in your case. After defending people for over 40 years, we are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you.

 Juvenile  | Domestic   | Assault


 

Juvenile Crimes

When your child is arrested, your whole world may come crashing down around you. You may be worried about how these charges will affect your child and their future. While children and teens are impulsive, you don’t want one mistake to derail their entire lives. Even though most juvenile cases are not tried in the adult criminal justice system, that does not mean that your child will not face consequences and penalties. It is important to understand the severity of the charges and how they will impact your family and your child’s future.

At Liberty Law Center, we have successfully defended juveniles accused of criminal actions including those charged with:

  • Vandalism or property destruction
  • Shoplifting and other petty theft
  • Simple assault
  • Underage drinking
  • Assault and battery
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Larceny
  • Violent crimes
  • Armed robbery
  • Drug crimes

Most juveniles who are arrested are processed through the state’s juvenile court system. Yet, they still face serious consequences, including fines, probation, detention in a youth corrections center, and jail time. In some cases, juveniles can even face conviction in an adult criminal court. For these reasons, it is important to have an experienced and skilled Colorado Springs juvenile criminal defense lawyer on your side from the very beginning. At Liberty Law Center, our attorneys can work with you and your family and help you through this difficult process.

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Domestic Violence

In Colorado, more than 16,700 people reported a domestic violence crime in 2014. In addition, the domestic violence hotline in the state takes more than 21,000 calls a day. The law in Colorado defines domestic violence as a sentencing enhancement and it is based on the relationship you have with the victim. Domestic violence itself includes a level of control, punishment, intimidation, or violence against a person with whom you have had an intimate relationship. This includes partners, co-parents, exes, and spouses. It is not necessary to be in a sexual relationship to be convicted of domestic violence.

Since domestic violence is a sentence enhancer, it occurs along with other criminal charges such as:

  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual contact
  • Menacing
  • False imprisonment
  • Elder abuse
  • Theft
  • Criminal Mischief

Penalties for Domestic Violence Enhancement

The penalties you face for domestic violence are based largely on the type of underlying crime you are charged with. However, a domestic violence enhancement does come with a mandatory arrest if the arresting officer has reason to believe that domestic violence occurred. Even if the victim opposes or does not want to press charges, you will face immediate arrest. A domestic violence charge will also trigger a mandatory protection order. During this time, you may not violate the protective order or you risk jail time of up to 18 months.

Another consequence of a domestic violence charge is that you will lose your right to possess a firearm while there is a restraining order against you. If you have guns or firearms in your possession, you must surrender them to law enforcement, or they must be transferred to another individual who can pass a background check until the restraining order is lifted or the case is dismissed. If you are convicted of an act of domestic violence, even for a non-violent felony or misdemeanor, you will lose your gun rights forever.

If you are convicted of an act of domestic violence, even for a non-violent felony-related crime, you must wait a certain period of time, depending on the seriousness of the underlying offense, before you can request the court to seal your record. However, sealing your record will not reinstate your ability to own or possess a firearm.

As you can see, the consequences of domestic violence are huge and can have a serious impact on your life and your future. That is why it is important to fight these charges aggressively from the beginning. At Liberty Law Center, we know how to fight domestic violence charges. We know that to be successful, we must fight aggressively and expose holes in the prosecution’s case against you. To do this, we must find evidence that you were acting in self-defense or that the incident was an accident. We may also look for evidence that you were never in an intimate relationship with the accuser.

There are ways to fight these serious charges, however, you must act quickly and choose a law firm with the experience and resources needed to go the extra mile.

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Assault

In Colorado, an assault is defined as any injury caused to another person. This can be done by hitting, shooting, stabbing, pushing, or kicking another person. Fights in bars, drunken altercations, and shoving someone on a bus can all be considered assaults.

By law, prosecutors can charge you with either felony or misdemeanor assault depending on many different factors including intent, type of injury, and whether a deadly weapon was used.

Colorado prosecutors only have three years to press felony charges against you or 18 months to bring misdemeanor charges. under what is known as the statute of limitations. There are several exceptions to this general rule, and there are some types of cases where there is no end to the time period where the police can still charge you.  During that time, even old events can lead to charges being filed. However, the older the case, the more difficult it can be for law enforcement to find evidence of the case. If you are under any sort of investigation, make sure you contact a knowledgeable attorney who can advise you of your rights.

In general, however, there are varying degrees of assaults and each comes with significant penalties and consequences.

  • First-degree assault. This occurs when someone intentionally uses a deadly weapon to hurt someone. You can also find yourself facing first-degree assault charges if you permanently disfigure someone in an altercation. Consequences are serious and you face:
    • 10-32 years in prison
    • Class 3 felony record
    • Fines up to $750,000
  • Second-degree assault. This occurs when someone intentionally causes harm to another person but without the use of a deadly weapon. Second-degree assault can be the result of recklessness with a deadly weapon. Consequences and penalties include:
    • 2-6 years in prison
    • Class 2 felony record
    • Fines up to $500,000

It is important to know that if you use or threaten to use a deadly weapon or if your assault causes serious bodily injury, you could face between 5 and 16 years in prison.

  • Third-degree assault. This is the least serious of all assault charges. It occurs when someone knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury, but not severe or life-threatening bodily injury. You can face consequences, including:
    • 6-24 months in jail
    • Class 1 misdemeanor
    • Fines up to $5,000

In addition to these penalties, it is important to know that assault is a deportable offense in Colorado. If you are a non-citizen, your entire future is at stake. In addition, felony three convictions can never be sealed, meaning your future employers and landlords can see these records when they perform background checks. This can significantly decrease your future opportunities.

At Liberty Law Center, we know the best defense against assault charges is an aggressive defense. There are numerous ways we can expose the holes in the prosecution’s case against you and multiple defenses we might use. Perhaps you were acting in self-defense or the injury was accidental. Maybe you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and falsely accused. In many cases, a partial defense might be that you acted in the heat of passion, such as you were being taunted or harassed. This could reduce the penalties and consequences you face significantly.

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Drug Charges

If you find yourself facing drug charges, you may fear that your entire life is over. Prosecutors in Colorado may try to aggressively pursue a conviction. However, in many simple possession cases, drug rehabilitation and treatment may be what you need more than jail time. At Liberty Law Center, we can approach the judges and prosecutors involved in your case and request treatment and counseling in lieu of prison time if appropriate.

When Colorado legalized marijuana, they did not relax other drug crime penalties. As such, you can face serious consequences depending on the type and amount of drug in your possession.

Drug classification determines how serious your sentencing may be. Controlled substances are drugs or chemicals that are governed by law due to its highly addictive nature. It is illegal to possess, manufacture, or distribute any controlled substance without a prescription.

  • Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and carry the harshest penalties. These include controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, LSD, and ecstasy.
  • Schedule II drugs are also addictive but may have medical necessities. Commonly abused schedule II drugs include morphine, codeine, and even ADHD stimulant medication.
  • Schedule III drugs are less addictive but may still result in drug charges. These include muscle relaxers and other non-narcotics like ketamine.

All drug crime charges fall under three separate categories depending on the type of drug, the amount of drug, and the offense or act committed. The penalties range wildly from probation and treatment to felony convictions and extensive prison sentences.

  • Petty offenses. These offenses are the most minor of all drug crimes. They include crimes such as public consumption of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Most individuals face fines and potential community service.
  • These offenses are more serious and penalties are attached to the type of crime committed. For example, possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana but not more than 6 ounces is punishable by up to 18 months in jail.
  • These are the worst of all drug crime offenses and are punishable by hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. For example, distributing or selling any amount of Schedule I or Schedule II drugs to a minor will land you in prison for up to 32 years. Distributing or selling less than 14 grams of a Schedule I or II drug will result in a prison sentence of up to 4 years, with fines up to $500,000.

Types of Drug Crimes in Colorado

In Colorado, you may be charged with different types of drug crimes, including:

  • Drug possession and distribution
  • Simple possession
  • Intent to distribute
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug trafficking

It is not uncommon for prosecutors in the state to escalate charges or claim that your intent to distribute amounted to trafficking, especially if you crossed state lines in the process. This can significantly increase the consequences you face, causing irreparable damage to your future.

At Liberty Law Center, we investigate all angles of your arrest and the accusations against you to help protect your future. We can fight aggressively to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. Since many of the drug crimes involve some degree of abuse and addiction, we work compassionately to help you get the help you need instead of jail time, further safeguarding your future.

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Theft, Robbery & Burglary

Did you know that in 2016, nearly 23,000 incidents of theft were reported in Denver alone? Even though theft, robbery, and burglary are property crimes, they can have serious consequences on your life and your future. The good news is that with an experienced Colorado Springs law firm on your side, you can often fight these charges and win.

If you are arrested for theft, robbery, or burglary in Colorado, it is important to understand the key differences between these crimes and the varying degrees of penalties you face if you are convicted.

Theft

When you take anything of value that does not belong to you, it is considered theft. The degree of the charges against you and penalties you face depend largely on the value of the property stolen.

  • Value of property less than $50 – Colorado petty offense
    • Maximum of 6 months in jail
    • $500 fine
  • Value of property more than $50 but less than $2,000 – Colorado misdemeanor
    • 0-18 months in jail
    • Fines up to $5,000
  • Value of property more than $2,000 – Colorado felony
    • 18 months to 24 years in prison
    • Fines up to $1 million

Robbery

If you take property from another person through the use of threat, intimidation, or force, it is considered robbery. It is important to know that robbery is always a felony offense and can be even more serious if you used a deadly weapon in the process, also known as aggravated robbery.

  • Simple robbery – Class 4 felony
    • 2-6 years in prison
    • Fines up to $500,000
  • Aggravated robbery – Class 3 felony
    • 16 years in prison
    • Up to 48 years in prison for aggravated robbery of a controlled substance
    • Fines up to $750,000

If the victim was over the age of 70 or disabled, you can face enhanced penalties and minimum sentencing.

Burglary

If you enter a property unlawfully in order to commit a theft or another crime, it is considered to be burglary. Like robbery, burglary is also always a felony but penalties vary depending on the degree of burglary you are charged with. Penalties range from 1 to 48 years in prison and fines between $1,000 to $1,000,000.

  • Third-degree burglary – breaking into a vault or locked container to commit theft
  • Second-degree burglary – breaking into a building to commit a crime
  • First-degree burglary – same as second-degree burglary but a person is assaulted or harmed during the burglary.
  • Possession of burglary tools – possession of any tools used to help gain forceable entry, such as crowbars, lock picking tools, etc.

Second-degree burglary can result in 2-6 years in prison with penalties increasing if you used a deadly weapon or if the building was a home. First degree burglary can result in 4-12 years in prison and up to 750,000. It can also have mandatory sentencing enhancers that can increase prison time further due to the violent nature of the offense.

At Liberty Law Center, we know how serious these charges can be and how they can ruin your entire life. We know how to build a solid and swift defense against them and our track record of success is exceptional. Some of the defenses we might use to win your case include:

  • You didn’t have a weapon
  • You were just borrowing the property
  • The property was yours
  • You did not enter the building to commit the crime
  • You didn’t threaten anyone
  • You were invited onto the property
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Child Abuse

Accusations of child abuse are taken very seriously by local and state law enforcement officers and prosecutors. If you are facing child abuse charges, it is critical that you understand the severity of these charges and the long-term repercussions you may face. Even a simple accusation of child abuse is enough to tarnish your reputation and wreck your life. That is why it is so important to act quickly to get a handle on the charges and have them dismissed before damage is done.

Child abuse is defined as an act or omission that harms or threatens to harm a child and their welfare. There are multiple types of child abuse in Colorado, including:

It is important to know that reasonable exercise of parental discipline is not abuse under the eyes of the law, however, many people are still charged for using discipline. It often requires a skilled attorney to properly exercise this defense on your behalf

Colorado requires healthcare providers, teachers, and law enforcement officers to report all suspected incidents of child abuse. This is known as “mandatory reporting.” Unfortunately, this means that you can face accusations of child abuse without real evidence to support these claims.

For these reasons, you need an experienced and skilled attorney on your side from Liberty Law Center. Our attorneys can protect you and your family from the harmful effects of false child abuse claims. We know that a conviction could result in up to two years behind bars for a misdemeanor, or several years in prison for felony-level charges. The state can even take away your rights to your children. We fight these accusations swiftly and aggressively to prevent unnecessary harm to you and your children during this time.

Trespassing

Trespassing may not seem like a serious offense, but it can be. There are degrees of criminal trespassing that can range from petty offenses to more serious felonies. A lawyer from Liberty Law Center can fight to have trespassing charges reduced or dismissed quickly, so you can move forward with your life. Generally speaking, trespass occurs whenever someone without legal authority, enters or remains on private property of another. This includes someone entering your car, your home, crossing a fenced section of yard, or even just standing on property owned by another individual or business.

In general, Colorado classifies trespassing in four ways:

  • First-degree Trespass
    • Class 5 Felony
  • Second-degree Trespass
    • Class 2 or 3 misdemeanor
  • Third-degree Trespass
    • Class 1 petty offense to class 3 misdemeanor
  • Auto Trespass
    • Class 5 Felony

Our criminal defense lawyers can help keep you out of jail after a trespassing charge because we know the best defenses to use against them. Our lawyers waste no time investigating your case so that we can help you through this difficult time.

Fraud

Fraud is considered a white-collar crime. to falsifying documents to claiming state benefits you are not entitled to fraud is a serious criminal offense. Depending on the type of fraud you are charged with, you may face serious consequences. Some of the most common types of fraud include:

  • Counterfeiting
  • Bank fraud
  • Internet fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Check fraud
  • Money laundering
  • State benefits fraud (i.e. receiving food stamps or Medicaid benefits)
  • Identity Theft
  • Use of credit cards or other financial devices without authorization 

In Colorado, fraud can be charged as a petty offense, a misdemeanor, or a felony depending on many factors. These factors can include the value of the property, the relationship to the victim, and whether you were acting in a fiduciary capacity.

Fortunately, the Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers at Liberty Law Center can help you beat charges of fraud. We may argue that the police lured you into committing a wrongful act or that you were simply a victim of mistaken identity. We can petition the courts for community service or house arrest instead of jail time. No matter what, your chances of beating these charges are significantly better with our law firm on your side.


 Criminal Charges/Defense Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Go To Jail?2021-01-07T22:59:15+00:00

arrested in Colorado need a lawyerMisdemeanor and Felony offenses can result in jail or prison time – sometimes mandatory sentences – depending on the nature and severity of the charge. Surprisingly, many traffic offenses also carry the risk of jail time. We have the experience to guide you through the legal system, explain the potential sentences that can result from a charge, and we can help you obtain the best possible outcome.

We will fight to keep you out of jail or prison whenever possible. If there is the mandatory time required, we will aggressively defend you and work towards at least getting you a reduced sentence or sentence alternative.

What To Do After an Arrest in Colorado Springs?2021-01-08T00:58:01+00:00


criminal charges attorneyCall the Liberty Law Center as soon as you are able. Our lawyers can be with you during all hearings and during the bail process. In addition, we will protect your rights and prevent officers and investigators from trying to coerce a confession out of you. Know your rights! You have a right to remain silent and a right to an attorney. Be sure to call us before you talk to anyone. Even if you are innocent, investigators and prosecutors can twist your words against you. We can make sure that does not happen.

After an arrest in Colorado Springs, here are some steps you can take to help protect your future:

  • Remain calm and silent
  • Ask for legal representation immediately
  • Do not resist arrest or flee
  • Write down all facts about your arrest, even ones that may not seem important
  • Keep records and know all key dates and deadlines
  • Always show up for hearings and court appearances
  • Follow your attorney’s advice
  • Stay off of social media
What If It’s My First Offense?2021-01-07T23:00:22+00:00

Even one conviction can have a significant impact on your life. A traffic offense can affect your insurance rates, your privilege to drive, and you may even face jail time depending on the severity of the charge. A misdemeanor offense or felony can affect your ability to gain employment, keep you from going into a particular career field, prohibit you from owning a firearm, and sometimes affect your ability to rent an apartment or go to college. Subsequent convictions may carry harsher penalties such as increased fines, lengthy probation sentences, and mandatory jail or prison time.

The Police called me/came by my house and want to talk to me. Do I have to talk to them? What are my options?2019-03-22T16:13:32+00:00

You have the right to remain silent. Even if you feel like you were in the right, you do not have to give a statement. Often, the Police are unsure of whether a crime has been committed, are do not have the necessary evidence to charge someone if the parties do not give statements. If you are unsure of what to do, the best choice is often to invoke your 5th amendment rights and remain silent.

The police are offering me a deal to give them evidence on others involved in my crime. Can I trust them?2019-03-22T16:09:58+00:00

Depends on the cop. Many police officers are men and women of their word, but some are not. The best policy is to have an attorney negotiate with the police and the district attorney and get the agreement in writing. Many times the police exaggerate the trouble you are in or the evidence they really have.

Many people wind up getting strung along as the police keep asking for just one more piece of information and it never seems to reach a conclusion. An agreement should include exactly what benefit(s) you are to receive, what they are expecting, who it is they are trying to arrest, and how long or how many times must you assist. These things should be explored before putting yourself at risk as an informer.

The district attorney has offered to let me plead guilty with no jail on my first offense. Is this a good deal?2019-03-22T16:10:54+00:00

Not necessarily. It really depends upon the level of violation and the charge itself. Many have accepted an unfair plea simply because they were promised that they would not get jail time. A number of these people probably had little or no risk of actually serving a jail sentence even if they went to trial and lost.

Most people who get misdemeanor charges do not go to jail on their first offense. In most cases this is because the district attorney could not get the judge to give a jail sentence to a first-time offender. For example, a class one misdemeanor, such as 3rd degree assault, is punishable by 6 months to 24 months in jail. However, the judge may and usually does suspend all or some of that jail time. It is best to have one of our attorneys look at your case to determine what a reasonable offer from the district attorney might be.

Individuals who are charged with felonies are looking at penalties ranging from 1 year to the rest of their life in prison. Again, in many cases it is possible and sometimes likely that the judge will forego any prison time in favor of probation. Further, many felony cases can be reduced to misdemeanors, or you may receive a deferred sentence (an agreement to stay out of trouble and comply with other specified conditions in return for a dismissal of the case). Additionally, the law and facts sometimes warrant that a case be totally dismissed.

Each case is different and you should have one of our attorneys review your situation before accepting any disposition to your case. Some criminal charges such as driving under restraint or suspension, sexual assaults, and statutory crimes of violence have mandatory jail or prison sentences. Information is power and to make an informed decision in your case you should consult one of our attorneys for a free initial consultation.

It is always best to contact an attorney as soon as you are charged with any crime. There are time limits and rules that must be followed to make sure that every opportunity to challenge and investigate the case against you is undertaken.

The alleged victim in my crime called me and asked me to apologize. Are the police behind this?2019-03-22T16:09:26+00:00

Probably. The police frequently use what is called a “pretext phone call” to try to get a confession over the phone. This usually occurs in alleged sexual assaults and consists of the alleged victim calling the alleged perpetrator and asking him to apologize or explain why he did something. Most of these phone calls are recorded and forwarded to the district attorney.

My spouse has been charged with a crime. Can I bond him/her out of jail?2019-03-22T16:11:29+00:00

Probably. Most people charged with a crime in Colorado are entitled to have a reasonable bond set in their case. Felony cases usually have bonds ranging from $750 to $50,000. However, in very serious cases such as murder the bonds can be even higher. Misdemeanor cases usually have bonds ranging from $100 to $1,500.

To bond someone out of jail you must give the courts the amount of money equal to the bond. This money then serves as a guarantee that all court appearances will be made. Once the case is complete the money will be returned to the person who posted the bond. In serious cases it may be impossible for you to post the entire bond amount.

If you are unable to post a cash bond in the amount needed you can consult a professional bail bondsman. These companies will charge you a premium of usually 10-15 % to bond a person out of jail. This money is their fee and you will not receive any of that money back once the case is complete. Depending on the amount of the bond and the nature of the case, the bondsman might ask for some form of collateral on the bond (often it is a lien on your house or property).

Bondsmen do not represent you in a criminal case. They are not advocates, nor can they give you legal advice on your case. It is illegal for a bondsman to refer you to an attorney. One reason it is illegal for a bondsman to refer you to an attorney is that the bondsman may decide to revoke your bond at a later date and if you are using the lawyer he suggested it might be that your lawyer has a relationship with the bondsman. This means the attorney may have a conflict of interest and could not adequately be fair to you and the bondsman. It is better for you to have an attorney who is independent and does not owe any loyalty to your bondsman.

I was arrested, but the officer never read me my Miranda rights. Does this mean the case will be dismissed?2019-03-22T16:12:56+00:00

Unfortunately, no. Police are only required to read you those Miranda warnings if you are placed in custody and then interrogated. Sometimes this does occur during the course of an investigation, but not always. Each case is different and must be evaluated individually. However, remember that even if the police don’t tell you specifically, you do have the right to remain silent.

Do you charge a consultation fee?2021-03-27T16:36:17+00:00

We offer Free Consultations on DUI, Criminal, and Traffic cases. Please call for our consultation fee on Family Law, Divorce, and Child Custody cases.

Do I have to let the police or anyone else search my house or car?2019-03-22T16:08:34+00:00

No. In most situations the police need either your consent or a search warrant to enter your house. Most police officers will ask your permission to search because it saves them a great deal of hassle in getting a search warrant. The sufficiency of any search warrant can later be tested to see if it was properly obtained. However, if you give consent, any defects in procedure or evidence will probably not help your situation and the search will probably be allowed.

Motor vehicles are a slightly different matter. Usually the police will be able to search your car if you are being arrested. However, this usually does not include stops for speeding or other minor traffic violations.

If you are stopped by the police in your vehicle, you always have the right to say “No, you cannot search my car.” If the police have the legal right to search it, they will do so anyway. If they were wrong, anything they found cannot be used in court. Unfortunately, if you consent to the search, the items found will likely be used against you, even if they had no legal right to search.

Without your consent, private investigators and detectives cannot search your car or home.

Can The Police Search And Seize My Property?2019-03-22T16:12:25+00:00

Drug cases often involve the search and seizure of private property. Many times the police try to build a case involving simple possession into something much more serious such as distribution, intent to sell, trafficking, and more. They will do this by searching for additional evidence past what they find either on you or at the scene. The police can search your car, your home, your work, and anywhere else they believe is connected with the crime. They may take your car, money they found on you, things in your home, and whatever they think was involved in the crime or bought with drug money.

Can the police lie to me when questioning me about a case?2019-03-22T16:08:59+00:00

It is frightening that the answer is YES. The police are allowed to tell you an outright lie in their attempt to get you to incriminate yourself. One of the most common lies is to say they have witnesses or other evidence when they do not, or to tell someone that their accomplices have already confessed so they should as well.

Arrested in Colorado Springs? We Can Help!

At Liberty Law Center, our criminal defense attorneys have more than 40 years of experience assisting Coloradans after an arrest. We know that even a first offense can have long-lasting effects on your life. They can affect your ability to gain employment, keep you from going into a particular career field, and sometimes affect your ability to rent an apartment.

We are a trusted Colorado criminal defense law firm and are proud to offer legal guidance and assistance to individuals in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Pueblo, Trinidad, Cripple Creek, Teller County, and throughout the Pikes Peak Region.

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