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Overcrowding Problem In Jails

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

49 inmates at the Mesa County Jail were sleeping on the floor on June 19, due to overcrowding in the facility. The jail is designed to hold 392 inmates, while there were 432 booked into the jail. Some of the inmates are awaiting trial on felony charges, while others are being held pretrial on misdemeanor charges. A captain in the sheriff’s department said that he doesn’t know what the reason is for the increased number of inmates, whether fewer people are bonding out, or people are simply taking longer to work through the system. A number of the inmates were moved to Park County Jail in order to relive the crowding in Mesa County.

Have you been charged or arrested in Colorado? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to protect your rights.

The overcrowding issue in the Mesa County Jail is mirrored by a problem of overcrowding in prisons across the country. It is important to remember that, while people who are in jail have been arrested, they have not lost their rights. In fact, most of the people in jail have not been convicted of the crime that they were arrested for; they are either waiting to bond out, or awaiting trial. In any case, whatever the reason for the overcrowding in some county jails, and many prisons across the country, it is vital that people remember that every person charged with a crime in the United States has rights.

sarah-thumbSpeak with dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen immediately if you have been charged with a crime, or if you believe that you will be. With many years of experience in criminal law, Sarah has helped countless Coloradans protect their rights, prove their innocence, and get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation. When you are arrested, it’s not easy to know what to say to investigators. Police officers may try to make you feel like asking for a lawyer is a sign of guilt. The fact is, however, that you need a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to effectively protect your rights whether you are guilty or innocent. Remember that you are considered innocent until proven guilty. But also remember that a police who has already decided that you are guilty may not respect the rights that the law guarantees you. Sarah can help. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact The Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.

Sex Offenders Not Receiving Treatment

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

According to The Gazette, the state has found, through an audit, that a significant number of convicted sex offenders in Colorado are not receiving the treatment that they are mandated under a law that was enacted fifteen years ago. The law requires lifetime supervision for anyone convicted of sex offenses in Colorado, but currently a number of Colorado inmates who should be receiving treatment are not, which is lengthening their prison terms. There are currently more than 1000 inmates who have passed their original parole eligibility dates but are not able to be paroled because they have not been able to begin treatment. The cost to taxpayers of this failure to provide treatment is estimated at roughly $30 million annually.

Have you been charged with a crime in Colorado Springs? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss your options.

It is not unusual for draconian laws regarding the punishment of criminals to be enacted, particularly when a problem garners widespread public attention. For example, it is very easy to get the average Coloradan to agree that sex offenders deserve severe punishment. However, these laws are sometimes drafted in a way that ignores certain realities. For example, if everyone who is classified as sex offender is subject to lifetime supervision, what exactly does that mean? Are people who are not dangerous being subjected to an infringement of their privacy? And at what cost?

sarah-thumbContact dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen today to protect your rights if you have been accused of a crime. Whether you have made a terrible mistake or you have been accused of a crime that you didn’t commit, you have rights, and protecting those rights requires knowledge, skill, and dedication. Contrary to the way that, frankly, many people feel, everyone accused of a crime in the United States has constitutional rights, including the presumption of innocence. Sarah Christensen has been a practicing Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney for many years, and knows how to protect you and get the best possible outcome to a terrible situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah today at (917)634-7770.

Franklin Sain Is Scheduled To Be Arraigned

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

cop-arrestIn a highly publicized court case, Franklin Sain is scheduled to be arraigned in in connection with harassment charges based on messages he sent to a state legislator, according to the Denver Post. Sain sent a series of emails to state Representative Rhonda Fields in connection with her support of gun control measures that used profanity, and sexual and racial epithets. One email said that he hoped Fields, whose son was murdered a number of years ago, would meet the same fate as a United States congresswoman who was shot in the head. The charges against Sain claim that he threatened Representative Fields, and that he also sent her an unsigned letter overtly threatening her safety. Sain’s attorney says that Sain did not write or send that letter, and that there may be DNA evidence supporting that claim.

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One issue in this case may be the line between a citizen’s freedom of speech and the safety of a public official. Based on information publicly available, it is not clear whether the emails that Sain admits to sending cross that line. It is important to remember that the lines of decency and good taste are very different from the lines of criminal behavior. Also at issue appears to be whether or not Sain wrote the unsigned letter that investigators attribute to him. It is sometimes easy for evidence to be used falsely against a defendant, and it is vital that the person accused have a dedicated, knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney on his or her side.

sarah-thumbContact Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen today if you have been accused of a crime in Colorado. Whether you have been accused of a crime you didn’t commit, or have made a terrible mistake, your right to aggressive criminal defense is one of the most fundamental tenets of our justice system. Sarah has helped countless Coloradans to get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation, gaining valuable experience over the course of her career. She will fight hard for every client, working for a dismissal of charges or acquittal at trial. In the event of a conviction, she will still work hard to secure the most lenient possible penalty. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Sarah today at (719)634-7770.

Three People Caught in Crossfire of Two-car Shoot Out

Monday, December 17th, 2012

According to The Denver Post, there was a shoot out involving two cars in Colorado Springs. There were minor injuries when two people were caught in the crossfire between the two cars. There were 3 occupants in the car that were caught in the crossfire. Two of those occupants were injured when their car’s windows were shot out. They were sent to the hospital for minor injuries caused by flying glass. The third passenger of the car was unharmed. All three victims reported that their car was hit by gun fire when two other vehicles were driving down the road shooting out the windows at each other. Police are investigating the scene and searching for the two cars involved in the shoot out. The police are asking the public for help in the investigation. No victims or suspects are being named at this time and no fatalities from gun wounds were reported.

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The Bureau of Justice reports that in 2009 22% of violent crimes the offender was armed with a gun, knife or other object that could be used as a weapon. Violent crimes that were reported in 2009 8% of the offenders used a firearm to commit the crime. The most common type of crimes where an offender used a firearm were robberies and car jacking. Over 45% of robberies involved a firearm. 28 percent of arrests for robberies had firearm charges involved in the case. Between 1993 and 1997 28% of nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm. An additional 4% of violent crimes with a firearm resulted in injury and less than 1% resulted in a gunshot wound to either the violent offender or a victim. There were 5% of simple or aggravated assault involving a weapon in 2009. Most violent crimes did not involve a weapon, but 22% of violent crimes involved an offender with a weapon, guns made up 8% of the weapons used.

If you have made a terrible mistake or are being falsely accused of a crime it is important to protect your rights. Contact Sarah Christensen a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer who is dedicated to helping each of her clients receive the most lenient charge for any mistake they have made. It is important to always take a criminal charge seriously. There are many court appearances that are required if you have been charged with a crime. Sarah can protect your rights as you go through the judicial system and make court appearances. She may be able to have the charges dismissed, or even prevent you from being arrested at all. Her experience has given her a thorough understanding of how to design a defense based on the details of your particular case. Don’t face criminal charges by yourself and risk not protecting your rights. To contact Sarah Christensen a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer or for more information and a FREE phone consultation call (719) 634-7770 today.

Vehicular Assault Charge Against Teen Driver | Colorado Springs DUI Defense Lawyer

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

According to The Gazette, a teenage driver was arrested after driving while intoxicated and crashing his vehicle. The accident occurred early Saturday morning in Palmer Park. Police were called to the scene after the vehicle, carrying four people, swerved off of the road and crashed into a tree. The driver, a 17 year old, was arrested for a DUI and a 17 year old passenger was hurt with a broken arm during the accident. Two other passengers reportedly ran away after the crash before police officials arrived on scene. The driver is being held at the county’s juvenile detention center with charges of vehicular assault pending further investigation. According to police statements, alcohol and driver inexperience is to blame for the off road collision.

Being convicted of a drinking and driving offense, especially if you seriously injure or kill another person, may leave you facing very serious consequences including years in prison. An expert defense attorney will investigate your case to ensure that your rights were not violated during the process and that all charges against you are legal and accurate.

If you or a loved one have been accused of a drunk driving accident in Colorado Springs, then you need a professional Colorado Springs DUI defense Lawyer to defend you. An experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney can help in fine reduction and a faster return of your driver’s license. Attorney Sarah Christensen is a an aggressive criminal defense attorney that will dedicate her time to ensure the best possible outcome. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah Christensen at (719)634-7770.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Evades Police in Colorado Springs – Colorado Defense Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

San Miguel County sheriff Bill Masters spotted Vincent Wallace, a sexual assault suspect from southwest Colorado, near West Middle School in Colorado Springs on Monday but was unable to arrest Wallace before he fled on foot. Masters was passing through the Springs area and was asked by investigators in San Miguel to check a few spots where Wallace might be hiding. According to The Gazette, Masters “noticed Wallace standing outside a house near the school” and asked for some identification. The suspect went into the house to retrieve his identification and fled out a back window. Anyone with information regarding the suspect as been asked to call either the Colorado Springs Police Department or the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Sexual assault is defined as a sexual action done to another against their will and is strictly prohibited by federal and state law. Colorado statues categorize sexual assault according to the following: degree of force used, age of the victim, and whether the act was consensual. A sexual assault suspect must prove that a given sexual act was consensual or that the alleged victim fabricated the events for an ulterior motive. If this is the case, the charges against a suspect may be reduced or dropped altogether.

Sexual assault charges are serious charges that have the potential to ruin a persons reputation and livelihood. Not every charge brought on someone in Colorado is true or factual. A skilled and experienced Colorado Springs defense attorney can help separate fact from fiction and find justice. If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault, you need a qualified Colorado defense lawyer to assist you through the legal process. Sarah Christensen has years of experience working on Colorado defense cases. For a free review and evaluation of your case, contact her offices today.

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Sexual Assault of a Minor at Lake Pueblo State Park – Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

Friday, June 11th, 2010

According to the Pueblo Cheiftain, three Colorado Springs residents were arrested on suspicion of contributing to the deliquency of a minor. Rebecca Fontana, 20, Christopher Mazzillo, 18, and Zechariah Porter, 18, were on a weekend camping trip at Lake Pueblo State Park over the June 5th weekend. According to Park Ranger Mount, Porter was also arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor ( a 12 year old girl). The 12 year old girl told rangers that Porter forced her to have sex with him and the group drank alcohol and smoked marijuana. The three suspects are currently being held without bail in the Pueblo County Jail.

Sexually assaulting a minor can be a serious criminal offense and can lead to unnecessary fines and even jail time. The State of Colorado takes sexual assualt of a minor very seriously and therefore, considers this offense a sex crime. In the State of Colorado, a criminal conviction of sexually assaulting a minor can result in lengthy jail time and the defendant being forced to register as a sex offender for life. In addition, Colorado law stipulates that anyone under the age of 15 is considered a child, not just a minor and the consequences are therefore, much more severe.

If you or someone you love is arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado Springs Sexual Assault Attorney immediately. Your felony defense attorney will need to review your case carefully to build a zealous defense designed to help reduce these potentially damaging criminal charges. Sarah Christensen is a veteran Colorado Springs Sexual Assault Attorney who will aggressively fight to have your sexual assault charges reduced. Call (719)634-7770 today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Don’t face Colorado sexual assualt of a minor charges alone, contact Sarah Christensen today.

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