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 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: 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: 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

Colorado Criminal Defense: You Must Provide Certain Information Before Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Under Colorado law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident resulting in injuries or damage to others without first giving the driver’s name, address, and registration number of the vehicle, in addition to providing a driver’s license if requested. The driver must also render reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident, … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense: You Must Provide Certain Information Before Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Domestic Violence Mandatory Restraining Orders in Colorado

In the State of Colorado, domestic violence charges are routinely filed when an argument arises between two people and the police are called.  Sometimes the people involved in the argument call the police;  sometimes it is a third party (e.g., someone else in the residence, a neighbor, or someone nearby – as in the case … Continue reading Domestic Violence Mandatory Restraining Orders in Colorado

Colorado Criminal Defense: You Must Provide Certain Information Before Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Under Colorado law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident resulting in injuries or damage to others without first giving the driver’s name, address, and registration number of the vehicle, in addition to providing a driver’s license if requested. The driver must also render reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident, … Continue reading Colorado Criminal Defense: You Must Provide Certain Information Before Leaving the Scene of an Accident