If you have been arrested or are facing criminal charges in Denver, you may have many questions. At The Blair Law Office, we can respond to all of your concerns and will provide you with bold and aggressive representation. To better serve you, we’ve put together a list of questions frequently asked by our clients.
Do I Need an Attorney if I Have Been Arrested?
Regardless of the type of charges you are facing, it is crucial to have proper legal representation. Our firm will fight to protect your rights. In Colorado, the laws are vigorously enforced, and prosecutors typically seek harsh penalties in criminal cases. Attorney David Blair has the knowledge and skills to win an acquittal, or in the alternative, have the charges against you reduced.
Should I Speak to the Police if I am Arrested?
If you are taken into custody and the police plan to ask questions, they are required to read you the Miranda warnings: you have the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present during questioning, the right to a court-appointed attorney if you cannot afford one, and that anything you say may be used against you in court. If you are arrested, don’t talk to the police and ask to call an attorney.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors in Colorado are less serious than felonies, but a conviction could lead to incarceration in the county jail. There are three different classes of misdemeanors:
- Class 1 Misdemeanor, punishable by 6 to 18 months in jail and fines of $500 to $5,000 or both
- Class 2 Misdemeanor, punishable by 3 to 12 months in jail and fines of $250 to $1,000 or both
- Class 3 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines of $50 to $750 or both
What is a Felony?
Felonies are the most serious criminal charges in the state of Colorado, which can lead to incarceration in a state prison. There are six different classifications:
- Class 6 Felony, the least serious charge, punishable by 12 to 18 months in prison and fines of $1,000 to $10,000, or both
- Class 5 Felony, punishable by 12 to 36 months in prison and fines of $1,000 to 100,000 or both
- Class 4 Felony, punishable by 2 to 6 years in prison and fines of $2,000 to $500,000 or both
- Class 3 Felony, punishable by 4 to 12 years in prison and fines of $3,000 to $750,000, or both
- Class 2 Felony, punishable by 8 to 24 years in prison and fines of $5,000 to $1,000,000, or both
- Class 1 Felony, punishable by life in prison or the death penalty
How Does Bail Work?
Bail allows a person who has been charged with a crime to be temporarily released from jail until the case has been decided. Bail is a set amount of money that can be paid by you in full (which will be returned at the end of the case), or through a bail bondsman for 10 to 15 percent of the bond amount.
What are the Consequences of a Conviction?
In addition to jail or prison time and fines, a conviction will become a permanent record that can surface in a background check. You may not be able to find a job or lose a job you already have. You may not be able to find an apartment, and a conviction may also affect your custody and visitation rights with your children.
What Type of Criminal Cases Does Your Firm Handle?
At The Blair Law Office, we routinely handle a variety of criminal charges, including:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Drug Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Violent Crimes
Bold & Aggressive Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with a crime and want to avoid going to jail or prison, you need an experienced attorney by your side. At The Blair Law Office, we have a proven track record of winning acquittals and a reputation for honesty and integrity. Call our office today at (888) 543-1241 for a free consultation.