What are the Penalties for Criminal Mischief in Colorado?

February 7th, 2014

 

cuffs-behind-backIf you destroy or damage another person’s property in Colorado, you could find yourself facing charges of criminal mischief, destruction of property, or even trespassing. Criminal mischief charges, also known as vandalism, can be filed for graffiti, breaking someone’s mailbox, keying another person’s car, or shattering a window. As with most criminal charges, the severity of the punishment depends largely on the type of vandalism you are charged with and the circumstances surrounding your crime.

In general, the penalties for criminal mischief in Colorado include:

  • Class 4 Felony: Property damage over $20,000.

    • Up to 6 years in prison

    • Up to $500,000 fines

  • Class 5 Felony: Property Damage between $1,000 and $20,000

    • Up to 3 years in prison

    • Up to $100,000 fines

  • Class 1 Misdemeanor: Property damage between $500 and $1,000

    • Up to 18 months in jail

    • Up to $5,000 fines

  • Class 2 Misdemeanor: Property damage between $100 and $500

    • Up to 1 year in jail

    • Up to $1,000 fines

  • Class 3 Misdemeanor: Property damage less than $100

    • Up to 6 months in jail

    • Up to $750 fines

Due to the expense of many of today’s modern conveniences, it is rather easy to damage property over $1,000 and be charged with a felony offense.

Types of Vandalism

There are many different types of vandalism in Colorado, but the most common offenses are:

  • Defacing wall or building with graffiti

  • Etching a window

  • Carving into a desk

  • Breaking a window

  • Ripping a bus seat

  • Slashing tires

  • Busting a mailbox with a baseball bat

  • Removing an emblem off of a car

  • Writing on a bathroom stall

  • Keying a car

  • And more

If you have been arrested and charged with vandalism or criminal mischief in Colorado Springs, it is important to speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately. Your lawyer will need to begin investigating immediately to expose the holes in the prosecution’s case against you. Through efficient investigation and savvy negotiations, your Criminal defense lawyer can often have the charges against you reduced to a lesser offense with no jail time or even dismissed all together.

Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney

sarah-thumbIf you are facing criminal charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight for your freedom and protect your future. Call (719) 634-7770 today to begin building a solid defense against these serious charges.

What is Felony Sexual Assault in Colorado?

January 8th, 2014

 

cuffs-behind-backOne of the most serious criminal offenses in the State of Colorado is felony sexual assault. It is also most commonly referred to as rape. If you are accused of committing felony sexual assault, state prosecutors and law enforcement officials will fight aggressively to see that you are punished to the fullest extent of the law. As such, it is important to retain the services of an experienced and veteran Colorado criminal defense attorney immediately.

Felony sexual assault or rape is defined as the sexual penetration of a person against his or her own will. This can be done through physical restraints, threats of violence, acts of violence, or chemical restraints (such as drugs). Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident and the age of the victim at the time of the alleged rape, you could be facing a Class 2 felony, a Class 3 felony or a Class 4 felony offense.

If you are found guilty of rape, you could face up to 24 years in a Colorado state prison and be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. This alone will significantly damage your future opportunities, your housing choices, and your job prospects. Being convicted of a rape in Colorado will also damage your personal relationships, and your reputation in the community.

Defenses against Felony Sexual Assault Charges

There are numerous defenses your Colorado criminal defense attorney can employ to have the charges reduced or even dismissed. Remember, it is the prosecution’s burden to prove you guilty. You are always presumed innocent. The sad truth is that many rape charges are actually false and brought by jealous exes looking to seek revenge on an unsuspecting lover. They can also be made in order to gain the upper hand in custody battles or divorce proceedings. Your Colorado criminal defense lawyer will work diligently to build a defense designed to expose the holes in the prosecution’s case.

Colorado Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

sarah-thumbIf you are facing sexual assautlt charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight these serious allegations and protect your freedom. She can negotiate lighter sentencing, reduction in fines and may even be able to have the charges against you dismissed all together. Call (719) 634-7770 today to begin building a solid defense against these serious charges.

Does Colorado Have a Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device Program?

December 11th, 2013

 

SONY DSCIn 2011, 161 people died in drunk driving accidents across the State of Colorado. This represented 36% of all traffic deaths in Colorado and is a 34% increase from 2010. If you are convicted of DUI in Colorado and this is your first offense, you may not be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

While other states have moved to a mandatory ignition interlock device program as a requirement after a DUI conviction, Colorado has not. Instead, Colorado courts allow DUI offenders to opt to use ignition interlock devices as a way to shorten their period of license suspension.

Currently, there are 15 states that have mandatory ignition interlock device regulations. DUI offenders are required to install these devices after a DUI conviction. Ignition interlock devices are devices, which monitor the breath alcohol content of drivers. They require drivers to blow into tubes in order to start their vehicles and then every several minutes while driving. The results are recorded and monitored. If the monitor detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle will not start.

While Colorado does not require mandatory ignition interlock device installation, DUI offenders can opt for them. If you are convicted of DUI and this is your first offense, you will have your license revoked for at least 9 months. After the first month of suspension, a DUI offender can have this device installed and receive a limited driver’s license.


If your blood alcohol content is greater than 0.17, you may be required to install the ignition interlock device for up to one year. If this is your second offense within 5 years, you will also be required to install this device on your vehicle.

If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges in Colorado, you need an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer on your side from the moment you are arrested. Your attorney will be able to investigate all aspects of your arrest, review all evidence, and advise you of the best ways to defend against these serious charges.

Colorado DUI Defense Attorney

sarah-thumbIf you are facing DUI charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight your DUI charges and protect your driving record. She can negotiate lighter sentencing, reduction in fines and a faster return of your driver’s license, so you can breathe a little easier. Call (719) 634-7770 today.

 

What are my Rights After a Colorado DUI?

November 13th, 2013

 

If you are arrested and charged with DUI in the State of Colorado, you may feel alone and out of options. Prosecutors and state law enforcement officials often make DUI suspects feel as if there is no use fighting these serious charges. Yet you do have rights—and knowing those rights can help you beat your DUI charges and protect your future.

What are my rights after a Colorado DUI?

  • You do not have to plead guilty—even if the BAC readings are greater than 0.08%. You have the right to enter a plea of not guilty.

  • You have the right to a trial within 6 months of pleading not guilty.

  • You have the right to be represented by an experienced Colorado DUI defense attorney of your choosing.

  • If you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to ask the courts to appoint one for you at no additional cost.

  • You have the right of presumed innocence. This means that you are believed to be innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution and they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were legally intoxicated behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • You have the right to confront and cross-examine any witnesses that testify against you in court.

  • You have the right to present your own evidence and to bring your own witnesses to build your defense.

  • You have the right to remain silent both before your arrest and afterwards. You even have the right to remain silent during the trial and you do not have to testify against yourself.

  • You have the right to appeal any decision made by the court. You can appeal to a higher court immediately after the verdict.

Knowing your rights is the first step towards building a solid and formidable defense against DUI charges. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware that they can fight these serious charges.

DUI convictions are not just mere inconveniences. DUI convictions can jeopardize your job opportunities, your career, and your reputation in the community. They can make obtaining auto insurance difficult and cost you significant time and money.

Colorado DUI Defense Attorney

sarah-thumbIf you are facing DUI charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight your DUI charges and protect your driving record. She can negotiate lighter sentencing, reduction in fines and a faster return of your driver’s license, so you can breathe a little easier. Call (719) 634-7770 today.

Family find themselves victim of a robbery attempt that leaves merchant shot

October 22nd, 2013

 

PoliceTstopCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – According to the Colorado Springs Police Department report, a family selling products in a parking lot outside a 7-Eleven store on 1910 East Fountain Boulevard became victims of an apparent robbery attempt on Wednesday evening that sent a 52-year-old man to the hospital who suffered a gunshot wound in the incident.

The victim was transferred to Memorial Hospital and the police said that he was “serious, but had non-life threatening injuries.”

At around 8:20 p.m., the family was confronted by at least three people in a possible attempted robbery.

Police officers reached the scene of the incident that happened on Fountain Blvd. shortly afterwards. Investigation showed that the wounded man and his family of three members dealt with at least 3 suspects. While struggling with the suspects, the man was shot and the three members of his family were possibly hit with a stun gun and hit in the head with an unknown object. One of them was also threatened with a gun. However, these three members of the family were not injured. No names from the family members were released.

A witness said that the suspects were all wearing hoodies over their heads and Halloween masks on their faces. The gunshot victim made a deep cut on one of the suspect’s neck, according to KKTV. To help in the investigation, robbery detectives were brought to the scene. Police dogs were also used for detection but they were not able track the suspects.

Investigation reports also confirmed that one of the assailants may be suffering from injuries from a stab or slash in the neck during the struggle between the family members and the assailants. The descriptions of the suspects are vague and the investigation team has no suspect information. Police is asking if anyone with information regarding the robbers or someone with injuries in the head/neck area consistent with stabbing or slashing wounds to come forward with information by calling CSPD at 444-7000.

sarah-thumbWhen you are facing felony charges, the criminal-justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Luckily, our founding fathers guaranteed that no man or woman should have to endure it alone. You have the right to legal representation of your choosing and in all situations you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges.

Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770

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Man Convicted Of Organized Crime

September 17th, 2013

white-collar-criminal-cuffsA man who was convicted of organized crime, securities fraud, theft, and conspiracy has been sentenced to 24 years in prison plus close to $4 million in restitution, according to the Denver Post. The man, along with a partner, were accused of taking about $10 million that had been invested with them and using it to pay debts from a failed business from the past rather than investing it as they had said that they would. He is also accused of having run another scam while he was out on bond. The partner pleaded guilty, and is set to serve 8 years in prison.

Have you been accused of a crime in Colorado? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.

The number of people arrested each year in Colorado numbers roughly a quarter of a million, according to FBI statistics. Many of these people have committed the crime for which they have been arrested, while others are completely innocent. Some may be criminals, but happen not to have committed the particular crime for which they are arrested. Some of the arrests were based on acts of violence, some related to drugs, some were for drunk driving, and many for various types of theft or embezzlement. What they all have in common is that each person arrested is constitutionally guaranteed the right to a Colorado criminal defense attorney to help them defend themselves.

sarah-thumbWhen you are facing felony charges, the criminal-justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Luckily, our founding fathers guaranteed that no man or woman should have to endure it alone. You have the right to legal representation of your choosing and in all situations you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges. Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770

Arrest Made In Shooting

August 9th, 2013

 

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Colorado Springs man, according to 9 News. Two of the people arrested are the wife and daughter of the murder victim; the third is an acquaintance who was in jail on another charge. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says that the daughter placed a 911 call in which she said that she found her father’s front door wide open. Deputies arrested the wife and daughter, and the two of them, along with the other man, are being held on charges of suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation of murder.

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

When you have been arrested, or even if you simply believe that the police suspect you of committing a crime, protecting your rights immediately is paramount. Knowing what to say to investigators is not easy. Knowing what the police have the right to do while investigating you is also difficult. An experienced Denver criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights, and ensure that the police do not use illegally obtained evidence against you in court. If your rights have been violated, your attorney may even be able to have the charges dismissed.

sarah-thumbSpeak with the experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer, Sarah Christensen today if you have been arrested, or if you think that you may be. It is never too early to begin protecting your rights, and the more you do to protect yourself in the early stages the better. You will want a dedicated criminal defense attorney who has experience defending Coloradans against charges like what you may be facing. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges. Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770