Understanding The Criminal Law Process In Colorado
Basic criminal defense law principles are easy enough to understand. You’ve been accused of a crime. Prosecutors will try to prove your guilt. A plea bargain or trial will determine legal consequences. But what about all the other stuff, like Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment constitutional analysis, confessions, Miranda rights, search and seizure, grand jury investigations, arraignments, motions, pretrial investigations, and all the other legal terms that are thrown around in court?
There is no reason for your criminal case and criminal process to be confusing or to carry unpleasant surprises. At the Denver law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we can explain the criminal law process and answer your questions thoroughly so that you have a full grasp of what is happening and why.
In your free initial consultation, we can describe the likely elements of your criminal defense case. These may involve:
- Pre-arrest/pre-filing investigations: What happens even before you are arrested and charged can be the most important part of your case.
- Illegal search and seizure: Understand your rights.
- Juvenile charges: Our lawyers can protect your child in the juvenile justice system.
- Probation violations: Charges involving the violation of your probation conditions can have lasting implications.
- Municipal crimes and misdemeanors: Although these might not seem as critical as felonies, misdemeanors and municipal crimes carry heavy consequences.
- Federal crimes: The procedures and laws are different in federal courts. Our attorneys have experience defending clients in the federal system.
- Sealing criminal records/sex offender discontinuation: Many clients want to know how to get off of the sex offender registry or seal/expunge their criminal records. We can help.
- Preliminary hearings
- First appearances following an arrest
- The filing of charges
- First arraignment
- Second arraignment
- The advisability of pleading guilty or not guilty
- Disposition dates
- Motions and hearings
- Trial and litigation
- Suppression of evidence
- Jury trials
- Jury selection
- Discovery review (including the interviewing of witnesses and the gathering of police reports)
The average criminal case involves anywhere from two to ten (or even more) court appearances. You can’t just “appear” at hearings and expect a successful outcome. Each step of the criminal defense process requires careful preparation. We have served for years both as criminal defense lawyers and as government lawyers. Let us share our in-depth knowledge with you.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., we can walk you through your case and what you should expect. We will be by your side from beginning to end, and we will carefully explain how we approach criminal charges. To contact one of our attorneys to schedule a free consultation, call us today at 303-578-4036.