If you have been accused of committing a felony in Colorado, you will likely be prosecuted in District Court. Without the right criminal defense lawyer, the entire process may be confusing and stressful. Your freedom will be in jeopardy. Colorado felonies carry potential sentences ranging from probation to life in prison. A jail or prison term can be devastating for you – you may lose your job and your ability to provide for your family. Criminal convictions also carry other lasting and permanent effects. You may be required by the court to submit to a lengthy period of supervision, hefty fines, exorbitant restitution amounts, in-patient drug treatment programs, community service, and more. In addition, the conviction will remain on your record, affecting your ability to obtain a job, an education, public benefits, and housing. You need a solid, experienced defense attorney fighting the State for you.
When you are charged with a crime in Colorado, your first course of action should be to call an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Curt Alfrey has expertly handled thousands of cases involving charges of felonies across the State of Colorado. With a reputation for excellent client representation and service, Curt Alfrey will be dedicated to your case and passionate about fighting for your rights. For free advice on your criminal charges, call Colorado criminal defense lawyer Curt Alfrey.
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Your case begins with an investigation. Either an individual will file a complaint with the police and the police department will conduct an investigation or you will be apprehended at the scene of the crime. If you are not apprehended at the scene of the crime, a detective in charge of the investigation will request a warrant from a judge. If the detective has probable cause to believe you committed a crime, the judge will issue an arrest warrant. If the detective has probable cause to believe contraband will be found in your home, business, or car, the judge will issue a search warrant, which may then lead to your arrest.
When you are arrested, you will either be taken to a police station for processing or you will receive a citation. The citation will state the date and time you must appear in court for arraignment. If you are taken to the police station, you will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may be held in jail until you see a judge and have a bond amount set.
At an arraignment, your charges will be read to you. The prosecutor may request that you be held pending trial. Pretrial detention may be predicated on: risk of flight, on probation or parole, or danger to the community. If you are released, you may be supervised by Pretrial Services. Common release conditions include drug testing, reporting weekly in-person or by phone, GPS ankle monitoring, no re-arrests, drug treatment, mental health treatment, and order to stay away from the victim or an address, and more.
Arraignment occurs before a trial judge. You must appear for every hearing. Failure to appear can result in the issuance of a bench warrant. The judge may revoke your release and hold you pending trial. In addition, the prosecutor may bring charges for your failure to appear.
At future hearings, Curt Alfrey may also argue legal and constitutional motions or bring to the judge’s attention discovery issues and other rules violations by the prosecution and police in order to get evidence suppressed.
If your case cannot be dismissed, and you reject a plea offer, your case will be set for trial. Prior to trial, Curt Alfrey will conduct investigations, interview, and subpoena witnesses, and continue to finalize the defense strategy for trial
The trial will begin with opening statements. The prosecutor and then Curt Alfrey will give brief opening statements on what they expect the evidence to show. Then the prosecutor will begin his or her case-in-chief, calling prosecution witnesses and direct examining them. Curt Alfrey will have the opportunity to cross-examine each witness.
When the prosecution is finished with its case, Curt Alfrey will then be able to present evidence in the defense case-in-chief. He may call witnesses and direct examine them, then the prosecutor will cross-examine them. You also have the right to testify in your defense. You also have the right to not testify and the judge will instruct the jury that your choice not to testify should not affect how they view the case.
Both parties will then make closing arguments about how the jury should evaluate the evidence. If the jury returns a not guilty verdict, you are acquitted, and the case is closed. If the jury returns a guilty verdict, you will be sentenced by the judge.
Over the past 30+ years, Curt Alfrey has aggressively and expertly fought for clients accused of Homicide, Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Motor Vehicle and statutory Theft, Drug Possession and Distribution, Weapons Charges, Felony DUI, and all felony offenses. Curt Alfrey strives to combine his training, experience, skills, and passion for serving vulnerable communities to provide clients with unparalleled representation. To schedule a free consultation, contact Curt Alfrey at Alfrey & Associates, PC 24/7.
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