Posts Tagged ‘felony’

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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Suspect Sought in Robbery | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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.

Have you been charged with a crime?  Speak with an aggressive, dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.

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

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.

26-Year-Old Faces Assault Charges after a Colorado Springs Robbery | Colorado Springs Assault Defense Attorney

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Twenty-six-year-old, Jonathan Krizek, was arrested by the Colorado State Police after he was identified as robbing the 7-11 store on Mount View Lane. The store clerk was assaulted during the robbing and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Krizek was identified as a possible suspect after the police received some helpful information that was able to support the evidence and led to the arrest, according to KRDO. Krizek will go to court where he will face robbery and assault charges.

Assault charges can range from the most serious (1st degree assault) to 3rd degree assault which is classified as a misdemeanor. In the state of Colorado, convictions of 1st and 2nd degree assault are the most serious and carry with them extensive jail time, fines, and are considered felony offenses. Assault charges are serious and can adversely affect your life forever.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Colorado Springs assault, you need a dedicated Colorado Springs assault defense attorney on your side to build a solid and formidable defense. The law offices of Sarah Christensen will fight for your rights and help you and your family through this troubling time. For a Free Consultation please contact our offices at 719-634-7770.

Juveniles Arrested and Charged with 50 Counts of Felony Criminal Mischief | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

An 18-year-old girl and 2 juvenile males were arrested on March 24th and charged with 50 counts of Felony Criminal Mischief. El Paso County Sheriff’s Department claims that between 5:00 a.m. March 22 and 5:30 p.m. March 24 they received several calls from residents in Security, Widefield, and Stratmoor Valley neighborhoods reporting that their vehicle windows were being shot out by a BB gun. After an investigation, the deputies stopped a silver Chevy Impala and the three occupants of the car were arrested. Fifty Criminal Mischief case reports and estimated damages of $21,000.00 have been taken by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. The young girl was charged with 50 counts of Felony Criminal Mischief and a bond was set at $10,000.00; the two juveniles will also be charged.

Being charged with a felony is a serious offense in the state of Colorado. A felony is considered to be the most serious type of crime, and can face multiple years in prison and hefty fines. In addition, persons convicted of a felony can lose their basic rights to vote, practice law, or even own a firearm.

If you or someone you love has been convicted of a felony in the Colorado Springs area, you will need an experienced  Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney on your side. Sarah Christensen will fight aggressively for you and your rights and make sure that your case is handled fairly. Contact Sarah Christensen today for your free consultation (719) 634-7770.

Colorado Springs Suspect Arrested for String of Bank Robberies | Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

Monday, March 28th, 2011

According to KKTV, Colorado Springs police have arrested the men they believe are responsible for a recent string of bank robberies. 30-year-old Daryl Keener and 28-year-old Gary Cyprian were arrested on suspicion of robbing 8 banks since December 28, 2010. While no one was ever physically hurt in the robberies, the bank robbers supposedly terrorized bank tellers and customers and inflicted significant psychological and emotional trauma. The Colorado Springs criminal investigation spanned 3 months and countless police detectives, but in the end, officials seem certain that they finally have their men.

Being convicted of robbery is a serious crime in Colorado Springs and is a serious felony punishable with imprisonment. In addition, if a weapon was used, you may find yourself facing a more serious charge of aggravated robbery and 4-12 years in prison. As such, you need an aggressive legal advocate in your corner with extensive plea-bargaining and trial experience.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with robbery in Colorado Springs or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney immediately. Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer, Sarah Christensen, will fight aggressively for your rights to have your case handled fairly. Contact Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer, Sarah Christensen, today for a Free Initial Consultation at (719) 634-7770.