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Experienced Denver attorney on Attempting to Influence a Public Servant vs. False Reporting to Authorities

Experienced Denver attorney on Attempting to Influence a Public Servant vs. False Reporting to Authorities People v. Blue (Equal Protection; Specific Statute vs. General Statute) Synopsis: According to the police, they got a call from a Crime Stoppers snitch who told the police Mr. Blue was in a Colorado Springs’ library. The police stopped and … Continue reading Experienced Denver attorney on Attempting to Influence a Public Servant vs. False Reporting to Authorities

Experienced Colorado attorney on ‘Conviction’ under two-prior felony rule

Experienced Colorado attorney explains definition of ‘conviction’ for purposes of the two-prior felony rule. People v. Kiniston (Colo.App.2011) Facts: Mr. Kiniston pled guilty to theft directly from a person (a class five felony), and the court approved a deferred sentence. Unfortunately, Mr. Kiniston picked up two felony convictions after the court placed him on the deferred sentenced. … Continue reading Experienced Colorado attorney on ‘Conviction’ under two-prior felony rule

Experienced Colorado Attorney on Failure to Register as Sex Offender

Experienced Colorado attorney explains how a mere intent to reside at a residence does not require a person to register as a sex offender. People v. Griffin (Colo.App.2011) (discussing sufficiency of evidence in failure to register cases) Facts: Mr. Griffin told the folks in Denver he intended to reside in Adams County at a specific … Continue reading Experienced Colorado Attorney on Failure to Register as Sex Offender

Experienced Colorado Criminal Attorney Explains Venue

Experienced Colorado Attorney Explains People v. Schakley and Issues of Venue. Synopsis: In an off-year election, 2009, Mr. Schakley allegedly voted in both Arapahoe and Adams counties.  Carol Chambers and crew in Arapahoe charged Mr. Schakley, who voted in his own name on both ballots, with misdemeanor voting fraud. The defense filed and the Arapahoe … Continue reading Experienced Colorado Criminal Attorney Explains Venue

Experienced Denver Criminal Defense Attorney on Search and Seizure of Abandoned Property

Experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney explains a warrantless search of abandoned property – specifically an iPhone. People v. Schutter Synopsis: Up in Aspen, Mr. Schutter dropped by a convenience store, got a key to the restroom, used the facilities, but forgot both the key and his iPhone in the restroom. The clerk at the convenience … Continue reading Experienced Denver Criminal Defense Attorney on Search and Seizure of Abandoned Property

Experienced Colorado Attorney on Sentencing

An experienced criminal defense attorney explains Connick v. Thompson and prosecutor’s liability for Brady Violations. Facts: Louisiana convicted Mr. Thompson of armed robbery in one case, murder in another case, and sought and obtained a death sentence against him. The same District Attorney assigned the same lead DA to each case along with 2 other … Continue reading Experienced Colorado Attorney on Sentencing

Colorado Criminal Defense: Sanctions for Advising Witnesses Not to Participate in Investigations by Attorneys

Lawyers in a criminal case (the prosecutor and the defense attorney) cannot encourage witnesses from refusing to speak to the other lawyer about the case. However, as one court said, “[i]ndeed, witnesses have a choice whether to speak with counsel […]” about what they have seen and heard. Nonetheless, it is improper for an attorney … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense: Sanctions for Advising Witnesses Not to Participate in Investigations by Attorneys

Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer: Conduct in Witness Investigations

It is a general rule of law that attorneys are not permitted to impede the investigations of witnesses conducted by other lawyers. This is particularly true in criminal law, where depositions are generally not conducted. Example of Lawyers Impeding Investigations The following is an example of a lawyer improperly interfering with the investigation of another … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer: Conduct in Witness Investigations

Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer: Witness Rights and Immunity

It is not only criminal defendants that have been formally charged with a crime that have 5th Amendment rights. Witnesses called to testify in the trial of another person may also have 5th Amendment rights. What is the 5th Amendment Right? The right to remain silent, or right against self-incrimination, is found in the 5th … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer: Witness Rights and Immunity

Colorado Criminal Defense: Basics of the Attorney-Client Privilege

The attorney-client privilege is intended to protect the client in the attorney-client relationship. Its purpose is to encourage clients to be open and honest with their lawyers. Where the Protection May be Found In Colorado, there is a specific statute setting forth the requirement that an attorney not be examined without the consent of his client about any … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense: Basics of the Attorney-Client Privilege