Facing Criminal Charges In Colorado? We Can Help.
When facing serious criminal charges, you need a serious law firm defending your rights — you need Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C. Our team of Denver criminal defense attorneys has handled more 10,000 criminal and traffic cases in Colorado, meaning we have a level of criminal law experience few firms can match. In fact, we have handled charges relating to:
- Drunk driving charges and related matters, including issues relating to refusing a breath or blood test, drug-related DUI charges, DWAI charges and Department of Motor Vehicles hearings regarding the suspension of your driver’s license
- Traffic offenses, including driving with a suspended license, careless or reckless driving, speeding, habitual offender charges, and hit-and-run charges
- Theft and other economic crimes, including shoplifting, burglary and embezzlement
- Complex financial crimes (“white collar crimes”), including forgery, embezzlement, internet crimes, fraud and identity theft
- Criminal sexual activity, including sexual assault, sexting, internet luring, enticement of a child, child pornography, internet sex crimes and unlawful sexual contact
- Drug-related offenses, including drug distribution and manufacturing, marijuana possession, cultivation and distribution, marijuana dispensary law issues and prescription drugs
- Crimes involving violence , including assault and battery, weapons charges, homicide, kidnapping, robbery and burglary
- Domestic assault and other crimes involving family violence, including child abuse, spousal abuse, terroristic threats, restraining orders and restraining order violation defense
Our criminal defense team can also answer your questions regarding the Colorado criminal law process and other general procedural issues. Do you have questions regarding the following:
- What to do before you are arrested or before your criminal case is filed
- The legality of a search or seizure
- Charges against juveniles
- The violation of probation
- Municipal crimes and municipal court
- Federal crimes
- Criminal mischief charges
- The sealing of your criminal record expungement
Protecting Your Rights During Criminal Investigations
Have you faced criminal charges before now? If not, be assured that what’s new, confusing and frightening to you is clear as day to the experienced and professionally trained police officers handling your case. Police generally make their case against you BEFORE charges are filed. That’s when most people feel they need to talk to the police to explain their innocence, and that is exactly what the police hope you do so they can hang you with your own statements later.
Police are trained to get the information they need out of you whenever they can. The best time for that is often at the beginning of your case, when you’re trying to establish your innocence as well as trying to establish good relations with the police. This is, however, precisely when you should NOT talk to police officers.
Do not be intimidated into making statements and do not be intimidated into “cooperating” with police officers who are focused on gathering evidence that they will later use to try and convict you of crimes. Instead, contact the lawyers of the law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C. We serve clients in the Denver metro area and everywhere else in Colorado.
Fighting Illegal Searches and Seizures
Each day police officers must do their best to identify criminal activity and gather evidence without violating citizens’ rights. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail. How can you determine if your rights have been violated, and who can help do something about it if they were?
The criminal defense attorney team at the law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., has successfully questioned the legality of police searches and seizure in thousands of criminal cases. Do you have questions regarding:
- A police road stop?
- A drunk driving arrest?
- The searching of your home, vehicle or person/body (illegal search and seizure)?
- A drug bust or drug paraphernalia?
- A locker or locker room search at school?
- Police profiling?
- DUI checkpoints?
- Illegal entry by police into your house?
- Warrantless entry or warrantless arrest?
- Was a warrant issued? Was it needed?
- A domestic violence arrest?
Stop wondering if your rights were violated and get immediate answers. Many criminal cases can be attacked on the basis of search and seizure issues and improper police conduct or illegal police procedure. If evidence was obtained illegally it may be suppressed, leading to the dismissal of your case.
Don’t help prosecutors convict you with evidence that police got illegally. When they go up against our firm, district attorneys and police detectives know they can’t get away with violations of constitutional rights, such as those protected by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth amendments. Each lawyer at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., has worked as a government lawyer, and we are highly familiar with how to use search and seizure laws to protect clients’ rights.
Our goal is to prevent charges from being brought at all
Call us as soon as possible following any contact with police or following the filing of criminal charges. Call us even if you have not been contacted by the police but you suspect that somebody may turn you in. Police officers won’t ease up on you because you’re being cooperative or “nice.” By talking to them, you will likely provide evidence for the prosecution to use against you later on in the process.
In addition to gaining more control over the information you share with police, in certain situations, we can also:
- Work to have your bail reduced
- Arrange — when an arrest is imminent — the time and place of the arrest, so that you are not surprised to find police at your home or job, ready to lead to you jail while getting you fired from work
Hiring an attorney during a criminal investigation doesn’t make you guilty. It makes you smart. Don’t roll over. Don’t turn over information you don’t have to. And even if you are innocent, don’t talk to the police and give them a chance to twist your story around. Instead, fight your charges during the criminal investigation and make the police do their jobs. What you do now can make the difference between a dismissed case and a conviction.
Nuisance Abatement Charges in Colorado
If you commit a crime in the City and County of Denver, then the city will consider you a public nuisance and Denver may seize your property (typically your car or home) that was involved in that crime and sell it. This “nuisance abatement” is civil in nature and is not handled through the district attorney’s office but rather a team of lawyers in the Denver City Attorney’s office handles these matters.
This nuisance abatement is most commonly seen with cases of prostitution in Denver. For example, John drives up and solicits an undercover police officer in a prostitution sting. John will likely be arrested, and the City and County of Denver will seize his car. The Denver City Attorney’s office will now file a lawsuit against John in an effort to keep his car and sell it.
Denver’s Nuisance Abatement law is not just limited to cases of prostitution but includes all class one public nuisances. These are some of the nuisances described under the Denver Municipal Code Sec. 37-50:
- Professional gambling
- Unlawful manufacture, growth, sale, distribution or possession of any controlled substance
- Any gang-related criminal activity
- Habitual traffic offenders
- Sexual assaults, attempted sexual assaults or indecent exposure
There is hope for you in this situation. The first thing to do is to consider hiring an experienced Denver nuisance abatement attorney at Shazam Kianpour & Associates and fight to keep your property from being seized and sold by the City and County of Denver. We have gone to battle for our clients’ property and often have reached a settlement and managed to get our clients their car or home back!
Every lawyer and employee at Shazam Kianpour & Associates is a parent of one or multiple children and we think that gives us a distinct edge in court for your child.
In other words, “we get it”. Until you have changed your baby’s diaper from when he or she was the size of a grapefruit, you cannot sit there and expect to connect with other parents. This is obvious in restaurants when we have sympathy for other parents who have a child acting up.
This is obvious in a shopping trip to Wal-Mart where we all see a child throwing a tantrum and the poor exasperated mother doesn’t know whether to give in and buy the toy to shush the child, or to just leave the shopping cart full of groceries then and there and just drive home for a cold shower.
This is also obvious in court where we see juvenile criminal defense lawyers who have no experience with children asking their client’s parent “why can’t you just control him?” or “why don’t you just ground her or spank her?” They don’t get it, and we do. That is just the first step of the analysis, but also probably the most important step when deciding whom to hire to defend and help your child in handling these juvenile crimes in Colorado.
And because juveniles are not of the age of consent, the rights they have are sometimes lost in the criminal process to a large degree, making it even more important than ever before to make sure your child has the best legal representation possible for his or her case.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, we have spent years defending underage drinking and other juvenile charges in Jefferson County, Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver and all other counties in the metro Denver area. With our reputation as fighters for our clients, and a no-quit attitude, we have helped reunite hundreds of juveniles with their parents and brought them home where they belong. Remember, your child’s rights begin and end with the credibility that you the parent bring to the table.
No Matter Your Criminal Law Concern, Contact Us Today For Your Free Consultation
With thousands of criminal cases handled for our clients, there is no case that is too complex for us. Regardless of the charges you are facing, contact us 24 hours a day to speak to one of our experienced Denver criminal defense lawyers. You can reach us online or call us at 720-407-2582 to schedule a free consultation.