Protecting Juvenile Rights in Colorado Courts
With horrifying events like the Columbine High School murders, the tragic Jessica Ridgeway kidnapping, and many other juvenile-related crimes on the rise and in the news today in Colorado, the prosecutors and judges take juvenile cases more seriously than they ever have before.
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.
You can call us any time day or night to discuss your son or daughter’s case and we will be happy to give you a free consultation and figure out what the best approach to handle his or her case will be. Call us right now at 303-578-4036.
We Are Parents. We Understand Your Fears.
Of course we can help. 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.
My child is charged with a sex crime. Is his or her life ruined?
No, his or her life is not ruined, but you need help, and you need help fast. Juvenile sex cases in Colorado are a new hot topic for prosecutors and judges. Research and studies show that if they offend now, they are likely to offend later if things don’t change. So it isn’t surprising to see district attorneys insisting that the child be forced to register as a sex offender well into their adult years.
And it is also predictable that the prosecutor wants the child to have a sex offender record so that other parents and schools know that your child is “dangerous”. This is every parent’s nightmare, and we are no different. We understand and will fight for your son or daughter every step of the way.
Sometimes a trial is the best choice. Other times, a settlement in court may cause the least amount of trauma in your child’s life and may be the best thing coupled with some therapy and counseling to get him or her on the right track again.
Whatever the options, we will educate you and teach you so you know what your options and choices are. Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers in Denver have saved lives in Boulder, Douglas, Adams, Weld County and all over the state.
We mean it when we say we care, because we have been in your shoes and understand that love, support, and accountability are what your child needs to become the person you hope to see one day. Call us and hear the difference with that first “hello”. We are available to you day or night at 303-578-4036.
The Court Appointed a GAL for My Child. Do I need to hire a lawyer for him too?
The choice is yours, but our recommendation is usually “yes.” Get your child a responsible and capable juvenile criminal lawyer in Jefferson County. The court-appointed GAL (guardian ad litem) is there to look out for your child’s best interest but he or she is not there to settle the case for your child. His or her primary interest isn’t defense of the case; it is to be the voice of the child even if that voice goes against you the parent.
GALs will not share police reports with you or handle a trial or litigation. That is not their job. They are there to check in on the child and report to the court. We are there to save your family and report to you. Make the responsible decision as a parent and live to never have any regrets about your child’s case.
I heard that my child’s record will be expunged when he or she turns 18, so I don’t have to worry, right?
Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many offenses, especially the more serious ones will not automatically be expunged. Furthermore, sex crimes, and violent crimes will always be hanging around for law enforcement and authorities to see and prejudice your children with down the road.
There is a big difference between having a truancy or vandalism charge fall off, and an assault or sex crime against a juvenile. Call us today to discuss your options, and it may be the best decision you ever made for your child. Our juvenile criminal attorneys can walk you through every step of the case and make sure your rights and your child’s rights are protected. Call us today at 303-578-4036.
My child has a crime charged in Municipal Court. Is that a big deal?
Yes, it is a huge deal and here is why; municipal courts do not have the laws, the resources, and the money to provide different systems for children versus adults. In other words, if your child is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in Lakewood municipal court, Aurora Municipal Court, or Littleton Municipal Court, and he or she pleads guilty to the charge, just like an adult, it will stay on his or her record forever.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, our juvenile defense attorneys in Denver have received so many calls where a child and parent have gone to a local municipal court, pled guilty to a misdemeanor or petty offense like vandalism, and then found out a year or two later during a college admissions, or employers’ background check that the crime is showing up on the child’s record.
Don’t risk it; it isn’t worth the heartache and anguish down the road. Call our law firm today and a juvenile defense lawyer will talk with you and consult you immediately.
What Should I Do if My Child Was Caught Sexting in High School?
Stop reading, and call us right now at 303-578-4036. Sexting leads to sex charges. All of the wonders of the world of the Internet and the smartphone cannot make up for the biggest mistake that teens make with their phones today.
Your teenager’s girlfriend sends him a lewd photo. He is a teenager, and a guy to boot, so naturally he forwards the photo to his closest 75 friends in school. Phones start ringing, parents start talking, and the next thing you know, the entire school is calling you asking you why your son just ruined its life. It’s an ugly scene and we have handled it many times.
You see, the moment your son received the photo he just became in possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of a child in Colorado). When he forwarded the photo, he just committed distribution of child pornography (Internet sexual exploitation of a child in Colorado).
Does this sound fair? Well, the next few hours, days, and weeks are critical to your child’s future. No matter what, do not go in and speak to the principal. Do not let your child speak to the police, and do not settle for a Denver juvenile criminal lawyer with little experience to handle these types of cases.
Call Attorneys With Experience and Skills You Can Rely On
We have the juvenile defense lawyers in Arapahoe with the years of courtroom and litigation experience to protect your child’s rights and to get him the outcome he deserves. Sometimes we get the police to agree not to file the case. Other times we have had these types of cases dismissed.
While each case is unique and needs to be evaluated separately, you can trust that at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the juvenile criminal courts in Colorado. Call us or email us today; we are the beginning to your solution. 303-578-4036.