As a suburb of Denver with a population of just over 10,000 people, Greenwood Village, Colorado, is a quiet town. It’s a place where most everyone recognizes each other by name, where there is a sense of community, and where couples go to raise their children. It’s a place where many people are proud to live.
Because it is such a quiet town, you wouldn’t expect much of anything bad to happen here. Still, Greenwood Village isn’t immune to crime: it can and does happen here.
Now, you been accused of a crime, and you’re unsure of what happens next. The Colorado criminal justice system is a complex, difficult process to navigate. Unfortunately, even the slightest misstep can result in significant consequences, which is why it is essential to understand your rights and get help from a professional.
You may have been accused of a DUI, drug crime, white collar crime, violent crime, or sexual crime. However, whatever the crime, the process is often very similar.
The Investigation Begins
After a crime has been committed, the police begin an investigation. During the investigation phase, you may not even know that you are considered a suspect. If you are arrested, it can then come as a complete shock.
If, on the other hand, you are aware that the police are investigating you, it’s important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away for advice. (This will be the case if you are accused of a DUI.) If the police bring you in for questioning, you should know that the police are not interested in hearing your side of the story; they are searching for evidence that can be used in the case against you. By speaking to the police without an attorney present, or without talking to an attorney first, you risk saying something incriminating. Even the most seemingly innocuous statement—such as saying you knew the victim of a crime or were in the area where the crime was committed—could be seen as evidence of your guilt.
After an Arrest
If you have already been arrested, this rule still stands. You have the right to remain silent, and it can only help you to exercise that right. No one has ever talked their way out of an arrest. In addition to this right, you also have the right to an attorney to represent you. Make sure that you take advantage of these rights! Call an attorney as soon as possible.
After an arrest, at this point in the criminal justice process, it is essential to have an attorney representing you. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can investigate to find weaknesses in the case against you. In some situations, an attorney may be able to prevent charges from being filed in the first place.
When Charges Are Filed
If charges have already been filed, having a criminal defense lawyer on your side may help you fight them. Your attorney will look for holes in the prosecution’s case against you, with the goal of reducing your charges to something less serious or getting them dismissed altogether.
In the event that your charges can’t be reduced or dismissed, your attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain with the prosecution. In a plea bargain, you and the prosecutor come to an agreement: the prosecutor offers to drop one or more of your charges, reduce your charge to a less serious offense, or recommend a sentence acceptable to you, under the condition that you plead guilty. Whether a plea bargain is right for you will depend on your unique circumstances.
Some situations warrant going to trial. You and your attorney will decide together if going to trial is right for you, based on your circumstances and your goals. Your attorney will advise you on the path to take that will most likely grant you the best possible outcome in your case.
Why an Attorney Is Essential
As you go through the criminal justice process, an experienced, skilled criminal defense lawyer is invaluable. Both misdemeanors and felonies have significant penalties: misdemeanors can result in thousands of dollars in fines and even prison time. Felonies, the more serious of the two times of crimes, can result in years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, probation, and other penalties. And while having a criminal conviction of any kind is a black mark on your record, certain crimes—such as DUI, theft, and sex crimes—carry a serious stigma that can affect your life for years after your sentence is served. This is why you need someone who is intimately familiar with the criminal justice system and is experienced in defending people like you.
This is your livelihood, your freedom, and your future that is on the line, and you surely want to protect it. Don’t make the mistake of trying to go it alone or relying on the lawyer that the state assigns you.
How We Can Help You
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we are dedicated to helping people like you. The lawyers at our firm practice only criminal law, which means we have the experience and knowledge needed to handle your case. In addition, attorney Andres R. Guevara is a former prosecutor, so he understands how the prosecution builds a case against you.
We understand that the criminal justice system can be overwhelming, frustrating, and scary. We know that you may be worried about what happens next, who you can trust, and where you should turn. You may be worried about how a conviction could affect your future.
We’re here to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, protect your rights, and work to meet your goals—whatever they are. We will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case, in and out of court. We aren’t afraid of going to trial.
Call us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Greenwood Village, CO criminal defense lawyer.