Being arrested and facing criminal charges in Colorado can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Understanding the legal process and your rights is critical to protect yourself and make informed decisions. This blog post will provide a general overview of what you can expect and why seeking legal representation is essential. 

Your Right to an Attorney 

One of the most fundamental rights you have is the right to an attorney.  You should invoke this right immediately upon arrest. An experienced criminal defense attorney can: 

The Stages of a Colorado Criminal Case 

While each case is unique, here’s a general outline of how a criminal case might proceed in Colorado

  1. Arrest: You may be arrested if law enforcement believes you’ve committed a crime. You have the right to remain silent and should request an attorney. 
  1. Bond Hearing: Typically within 48 hours, you’ll appear before a judge who will set bond/bail or conditions of release. 
  1. Advisement: Your first formal court appearance where the charges are read, and you are advised of your rights. 
  1. Arraignment (Misdemeanors): You’ll enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest for misdemeanors. 
  1. Preliminary Hearing (Felonies): The prosecution presents evidence, and a judge determines if there’s probable cause to proceed to trial. 
  1. Arraignment (Felonies): You will formally enter a plea for felony charges. 
  1. Pretrial Motions: Issues like suppressing evidence or change of venue might be addressed. 
  1. Plea Negotiations: Your attorney may negotiate with the prosecution for a plea bargain (reduced charges or penalties). 
  1. Trial: If no plea agreement is reached, the case goes to trial where a jury or judge decides the verdict. 

Possible Defenses 

Your criminal defense attorney will carefully analyze your case for potential defense strategies. Some common ones include: 

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney 

The stakes are high when facing criminal charges.  Your freedom, reputation, and future can be impacted.  An experienced criminal defense attorney is your best advocate, offering: 

Disclaimer: This blog post provides general information on the criminal process in Colorado, and is not intended as legal advice. If you’re facing charges, consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. 

Robert Wiest is Here to Defend You 

At Robert Wiest, we understand the gravity of criminal charges. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today for a confidential consultation. 

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