What You Can Expect
What You Can Expect if You’re Facing Criminal Charges in Colorado Springs
A top notch criminal defense attorney can be a tremendous asset when you’re charged with a crime in Colorado. Not only will the attorney help you through the process, they will also fight to make sure you have the best outcome possible.
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If you are detained due to a violation not requiring arrest, such as a traffic violation, you will receive a summons to appear in court. If you fail to schedule a date and time, a bench warrant for your arrest will be issued by the judge.
If you’re facing arrest, you will be taken to the police department where you will be “booked”, which is the process where all required paperwork pertaining to your arrest gets filled out, your fingerprints are taken, and your photograph is added to your file.
Depending on the charges, you may be held in police custody until your court hearing takes place, which is commonly within 48 hours. If this is the case, make sure you make note of every step the police take, as your lawyer will want to make sure your constitutional rights were observed and that proper procedure was followed.
A DUI/DWAI charge is a separate court proceeding and if charged you will be asked to submit to a blood test to determine how much alcohol is in your system. If you refuse the blood test, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. You will then have seven days to request an administrative hearing about your suspended license. At this point you will be given the option to call an attorney, and it is vital that you do so. An experienced criminal attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Do not make conversation, volunteer any information, or answer any questions, even if you have nothing to hide. Make the call to your attorney and wait for their arrival.
Appearing in Court
If your charges will be heard in District Court, you will be informed of your rights at your “first appearance.” You may enter a plea bargain at this stage if you’re charged with a misdemeanor, and if you haven’t met with your attorney yet at this point, always enter a plea of “not guilty.” The judge will then set bail or release you.
If your charge is a felony crime, you will undergo a preliminary hearing where a judge will examine the evidence to ascertain if a charge can be filed. If so, an arraignment is scheduled, where you will be formally charged, and be given the opportunity to enter your plea. To ensure your appearance at future proceedings, bail is set by the court. If you can’t afford bail, contact a bail bondsman, who will post the balance after you put down 10% of the total bail.
If you don’t have assets worth the 10% of bail, you will remain in jail until your case is resolved.
Discovery and Preparation
At this stage, you and your attorney learn the evidence against you. Your experienced criminal defense attorney will study the prosecution’s evidence thoroughly and will conduct an investigation to determine your best defense. This process requires a defense attorney with vast knowledge of the law, experience, a sharp mind, and an uncanny ability to find weak spots in the prosecutor’s case.
An experienced attorney will cast doubt upon the prosecution’s case and try to get the charges dismissed, or obtain a plea bargain or acquittal. Before you answer any questions or make any statement to authorities, call Jeremy Loew, who tailors his strategy to address your specific legal needs and provides you with individual, personalized care. At Loew Law, you won’t be given the run-around common at large, impersonal law firms.