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.
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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.
The Gazette reports that Colorado is one of ten states in which gun deaths out-numbered car accident deaths in 2009, the most recent year for which such data is available. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accident deaths outnumber gun deaths nationally, but in ten states, that is reversed. In 2009, 583 people were killed by guns while 565 people were killed in car wrecks. There are a number of possible ways that people can end up killed by guns, and while all of them are certainly tragic, some of them are accidents, while others are crimes.
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Whether someone is killed or not, when a criminal charge is filed where a gun is involved, the charge is significantly more serious, and carries the potential for considerably more jail time. This includes the threat of a gun, when a person says that they have one even though they don’t. If the threat is believable at the time, it can affect the charges in the same way as actually having a gun. What is clear is that any charges that are aggravated by the use of a gun are extremely serious.
If you are facing weapons charges, contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately. At the time that you are arrested, protecting your rights is of extreme importance. While everyone in the criminal justice process, from the judge, to the jury, to the police, is there to preserve justice, only your attorney is specifically there to protect you. Sarah Christensen is a dedicated, aggressive Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended countless people in her career. She knows that whether you made a terrible mistake, or have been accused of a crime that you didn’t commit, you deserve an honest, zealous defense. For more information, contact Sarah at The Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.
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.
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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.
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.
According to the Gazette, a man is being sought by the Colorado Springs police for robbing a Game Stop store on Space Center Drive. At about 9:00, a man who appeared to be in his twenties entered the store, pulled out a gun, and demanded money from the store’s employee. He then fled with the money. No one was injured during the robbery.
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The Gazette is unable to report many details about the robber, so we don’t know very much about him, which points to one of the primary reasons for the presumption of innocence that all people charged with crimes in America are Constitutionally guaranteed. Particularly in a case such as this, where the person who committed the crime fled the scene, it is important to remember that the police may make a mistake and arrest the wrong person. No matter how hard the police work to protect us, it is a fact that people are sometimes charged with crimes that they did not commit. This is part of why hiring an experienced, dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney is so important if you have been charged with a crime. An experienced attorney knows how to work with the facts of the case to show that you may not have been the person who committed the crime, that the police may have made an honest mistake in your case. In a case such as this one, in which the charge may be much more serious because of the use of a gun, the value of a good attorney can not be underestimated.
If you have been charged with any crime in Colorado, or if you believe that you are going to be charged, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney, before you give any statement to the police. A qualified Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney will ensure that your rights are protected, and can guide you through the justice system. Sarah Christensen has helped numerous people navigate the justice system after being charged with crimes. She will work to have your charges dismissed, and if your case does go to trial she will fight for an acquittal, or the least severe sentence she can get for you. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact Sarah at (719)634-7770
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.
Theft, burglary, illegal weapons, and aggravated assault are the charges being racked up for two minors and a 20 year old after a violent home invasion on October 28th. According to The Denver Post, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday after being accused of entering a Colorado Springs home and attempting to steal several guns that were kept within the residence. Two victims were home at the time of the robbery and were assaulted by the three suspects now in police custody. The victims suffered severe injures and head trauma due to being attacked and beaten with suspects guns. Both victims were taken to the hospital, one has been released and the other is still in critical condition. The incident is still being investigated by the police and some of the weapons are being held as evidence.
Breaking into a residence and assaulting another person or even having the intent to assault someone, would be considered first degree burglary. There are different levels of intensity when dealing with robbery such as first, second and third degree burglary. Understanding the differences between these classifications can be difficult. Seeking a criminal defense attorney who understands the law and your rights can potentially help in avoiding any unnecessary jail time.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a Colorado Springs theft or burglary, then you need an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to defend you. Sarah Christensen is a dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney you can trust. She will put her experience and knowledge to work for you. A skilled and professional Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney can help you in determining your next step. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah Christensen at (719)634-7770.
Sarah Christensen has more than twenty-five years of experience in the courtrooms of Colorado, successfully defending cases including DUI, robbery, assault and murder.
Sarah believes that you have the right to an active and thorough defense, and she handles every case with personal and focused attention. Sarah will be at your side through each stage of the process, safeguarding your rights as you navigate the system together.
Well-known for her tireless investigation and meticulous behind-the-scenes preparation, her proven negotiation skills, and her aggressive advocacy in the courtroom, Sarah obtains the best possible outcome for her clients.
After receiving her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, Sarah worked as a legal investigator and a public defender before establishing her private law practice in 1995. She currently represents clients across Colorado including El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, Lake and Park counties.
In her many years of legal practice, she has helped many people just like you! When you become her client, you can relax. She stands ready to use her extensive legal knowledge, her broad experience and her absolute commitment to protect your rights and to vigorously pursue your case.
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