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Burglary Attempt Ends in Fatality | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

According to the Gazette, a burglary attempt was stopped when the burglar broke into a house with residents inside. The would-be burglar was sent to Memorial Hospital after a fight ensued at the residence in question. The police came to the scene after the fight had broken out and medical crews had already been called. Another man who was involved in the brawl was treated on site with minor injuries. The report says that the burglar broke in and confronted the people inside the residence. This is when the burglar and another man got into a physical altercation. Shortly after was when the supposed burglar was stabbed. The extent of injuries of the would-be burglar are unknown as well as property damages. An investigation is underway.

Have you been charged with a crime? Contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today.

Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that Colorado Springs had over 3,000 burglaries in 2011. Based on the population in 2011 roughly 7 houses out of every 1000 were burglarized. There was over 15,000 reports of property crime. In comparison with Denver property crime is almost as high even though Colorado Springs population is a little less than half of Denver’s.

If you have been wrongly charged with a crime, you should contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney. Facing a criminal charge it can be very intimidating. By contacting a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney you are insuring that your rights are being protected. Whether you made a terrible mistake or being accused of a crime you did not commit the Law Offices of Sarah Christensen can help you. A criminal record can ruin your life, defend your case. Contact Sarah Christensen today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION!!!

Jail Time Averted | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A man who had been charged in the death of his own friend will avoid jail time, according to the Gazette. The two men, who had been close friends and housemates, got into a fight and fell down some stairs. While few details of the incident are available, due in part to a court order sealing the arrest affidavit, one of the men died a few days later in the hospital as a result of injuries from the fall, and the other man was charged with the death. Interestingly, the mother of the victim opposed the criminal charges, saying that they were friends and it was an accident. Under a plea agreement, the man will avoid jail time, serving a suspended sentence and probation, as long as he stays out of further legal trouble.

Have you been charged with a crime in Colorado Springs? Speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights.

This story showcases the fact that every criminal case is different, with different details and different consequences depending on those details. One of the most important roles of a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney is to look at the details of each case, and design a defense specifically around those details. While it can be very intimidating to face criminal charges, and look at the potential consequences, it is also important to remember that if you face charges, the things that make your case different from other cases mean that the consequences to you will be different than the consequences to others facing similar charges.

If you have been arrested, or if you believe that you will be, speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately. Protecting your rights at the time of arrest can go a very long way toward securing the best possible outcome for your case in the end. Knowing how to protect your own rights is very difficult; Sarah Christensen is a dedicated, experienced felony defense attorney with a thorough understanding of criminal law who will aggressively advocate for each of her clients. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah at (719)634-7770 today.

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Client Acquitted of Murder | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The Gazette reports that Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen has secured a “not guilty” verdict on charges of murder and kidnapping against a client who she believes was over-charged. Her client was accused of murder, accessory to murder and kidnapping in the death of a man in Colorado Springs in July, but Ms. Christensen believes, and jurors agreed, that there was reason to doubt that he was guilty of murder and kidnapping. In a case that began with a drug deal gone wrong, two men tried to return to a drug dealer who they believed had cheated them, and the man who was to lead them to the drug dealer ended up shot and killed. In her closing argument, Ms. Christensen said that her client was “shocked” that the man with him opened fire, and was extremely sorry about what happened. She said that he needed to be held accountable as an accessory for his part in the death, but that he was not guilty of kidnapping or of murder. After five hours deliberation, the jury unanimously agreed. While her client will have to serve time for the accessory charge, he has been spared the life sentence that the excessive charges would have carried.

Are you facing criminal charges or a criminal investigation? Speak with a dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights.

The United States criminal justice system is designed so that people accused of crimes get the best chance possible to clear their names of wrongdoing. The system is complicated, and everyone involved in it has an interest in justice, but also in seeing their own viewpoint win out. People charged with crimes have rights, but the average person probably doesn’t know how to protect those rights. A dedicated, experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that your rights are secure as you speak with police while they investigate a crime, as well as prosecutors if you have been charged with a crime. In many cases, a criminal defense attorney can show that there is too little evidence for a trial, or that evidence was obtained in violation of your rights. In these cases, charges may be dismissed without a trial. From police investigation straight through to sentencing after a trial, an dedicated attorney can protect her client throughout.

If you have been charged with a crime in Colorado Springs, whether it is a misdemeanor, a murder charge or anything in between, speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. Sarah Christensen has defended countless clients against criminal charges. Every case is different, and Sarah’s legal expertise gives her the ability to adapt her defense strategy to the details of your case. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact the Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.

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Mistrial Requested in Colorado Springs Murder Case | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The Gazette is reporting on a murder trial in which the public defender representing the defendant has requested a mistrial after testimony by a witness for the prosecution that the defense attorney believes may prejudice the jury. Bertha Melo had formerly been named as a co-defendant in the trial of Ricardo Chalchi-Sevilla, who is accused of first degree murder. In exchange for testimony, she accepted a plea of second degree murder. The judge has ruled that an instruction to the jury to disregard a comment in Ms. Melo’s testimony will be sufficient to maintain the fairness of the trial but the defense attorney believes that the jury may not be able to disregard the comment in question. An argument has arisen between prosecution and defense regarding the reliability of Ms. Melo’s testimony.

While facing trial for criminal offenses, particularly serious felonies such as first degree murder, it is of the utmost importance to have an attorney who you trust to defend you zealously, a right that you are guaranteed by law. When you have been accused of a crime, the right criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome. Of course, the individual facts of your case will weigh heavily on the outcome, but a reliable, experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney may be able to get charges dismissed. If the case goes to trial, an quality criminal defense lawyer may be the difference between an acquittal and a conviction, or in case of conviction between a harsh penalty and a less severe one.

Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen has the experience that you need when you have been charged with a crime. She has worked on cases from DUI to murder, and understands how to work through the process of the criminal justice from beginning to end. For more information, contact Sarah at (719)634-7770.

Elderly Woman Kills Man with Car | Colorado Springs Defense Attorney

Monday, December 13th, 2010

An Elderly man who was struck by a car on Saturday has died according to the Denver Post. The man, who was in his 70’s, stopped at the King Soopers store at South Kipling and West Florida to mail a letter. When he returned to the parking lot he was struck by a car driven by a 77-year-old woman. The man was pinned under the wheels of the vehicle. The man was transported to Saint Anthony Central Hospital where he died. Police say the woman did not see the man before the accident.

The loss of 4,378 lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2008 is an awful statistic. That amounts to twelve deaths everyday of the year. According to Walking Info, in 2008, there were 69,000 reported pedestrian injuries. In the state of Colorado alone, 44 pedestrians lost their lives.

If you find yourself charged with a crime or sued for an accident, speak to a defense attorney as soon as possible. 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. Sarah Christensen has years of experience working on Colorado defense cases. For a free review and evaluation of your case, contact her office today.

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Montrose Teen Dies from Stab Wounds – Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

A teenage boy has died from stab wounds he received during a fight at a party. 9 News has reported that 19-year-old, Zachary Culmer, “was stabbed in the neck” during an early morning fight on September 5th. Another teenage boy is being “held at the Department of Youth Services in Grand Junction” on suspicion of the second-degree murder of Culmer. Culmer went to the party uninvited, but it is unclear at this point what caused the fight and why Culmer was stabbed. Local police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the homicide.

The specifics of second-degree murder charges and sentencing vary from state to state. According to an article posted at Free Advice, second-degree murder generally “means intentionally killing someone without planning to do so in advance.” The case as it has been reported above is an obvious example of a second-degree murder charge. The young man who allegedly stabbed Culmer did not, according to the report, plan to stab Culmer the night of the party. During a fight, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the neck. The stabbing was not premeditated, but it was intentional.

Not everyone who is arrested is guilty of the crime they have been charged with. Sometimes, the facts of a case are not clear at the beginning of an investigation and further evidence shows that initial charges should either be dropped or changed. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to hire an experienced Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney who will work for you. For a free consultation and review of your case call Sarah Christensen today at (719) 634-7770.

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Man Arrested for Shooting at Teenage Girl – Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

A man has been arrested on “suspicion of attempted second degree murder” of a 19-year-old girl from Colorado Springs. The Denver Channel (7News) reports that the incident occurred Monday night at the Pine Creek Village Apartments. The victim was approached my a man who threatened her and then fired several shots at her as she ran away from him. Witnesses were able to give police a description of the man and the vehicle he drove away in and later found him at another apartment complex in the area.

The specifics of second-degree murder charges and sentencing vary from state to state. According to an article posted at Free Advice, second-degree murder generally “means intentionally killing someone without planning to do so in advance.” The case as it has been reported above is an obvious example of a second-degree murder charge. The alleged gunmen pulls out his weapon after a confrontation. His crime, without further evidence, does not appear to be premeditated, but it was intentional. He intentionally fired his weapon at the victim.

If you or someone you know is facing a murder charge, you need to speak to a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. Sarah Christensen is a passionate and qualified attorney who will put her years of experience to work for you. For a free review of your case contact her office today at (719) 634-7770.

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