Criminal Defense Lawyers in Colorado Springs
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One poor choice. One bad night. One more beer. Any of these can lead to criminal charges that can have lasting and often unforeseen repercussions on your life. Even the best people can find themselves tied up with the legal system, facing severe consequences to their liberty, their lives, and their careers. Our criminal law attorneys can help.
Patterson Weaver Law, LLC is a Colorado Springs based law firm focusing on defending people accused of criminal and traffic offenses. Whatever charges you are facing, our Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers have the experience and ability to help you get the best resolution possible.
For more information about your options, call us at (719) 215-8049 today.
We Understand What Is At Stake For You
For most people, being charged with a crime is a terrifying experience. Our criminal justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Not only can there be repercussions if convicted ranging from expensive classes to time in jail or even the Department of Corrections, but criminal convictions also have unexpected consequences. A child abuse charge can result in DHS involvement. A domestic violence conviction can result in the permanent loss of your right to possess a firearm. A felony conviction can make it almost impossible to get a good job in the future. For a military soldier or civilian contractor with a security clearance, many different types of convictions could mean the end of their career.
We have handled hundreds of cases just like yours, and we know what is at stake for you, your life, and your livelihood. No matter whether you are charged with a violent crime, or a traffic ticket, or anything in between, we want to help you protect your record, your life and your future.
What Makes Us Different?
There are a lot of criminal defense attorneys out there to choose from. But not every law firm, and not every attorney, is equal. Our criminal defense counsel are prepared to fight for you. Our founding criminal law attorney Patterson Weaver will put his experience as a former prosecutor to work on your case. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, our firm will aggressively fight to get you a favorable outcome for your situation.
We are different from our competition. And to be honest, we believe we are better. Our criminal defense attorneys handle each and every criminal case according to a set of key principles and methods:
- Comprehensive case analysis and research: Whether you need help defending yourself from an assault charge, a dui, domestic violence, or anything else, you can count on our criminal lawyers to thoroughly review your case and conduct any and all relevant legal research needed to ensure the best case strategy for your situation.
- Helpful and straightforward explanation of the legal process: The legal system is not simple. Too often, attorneys fail to remember that. While criminal attorneys deal with the system daily, their clients do not. Our attorneys will thoroughly explain every step in the process with you in terms and language you can understand, not jumbled legalese. Information is power, and our Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney will ensure that you have the legal advice and counsel you need to make the best decisions, and to get the best possible outcome, for yourself and your family.
- Honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case: Lawyers often fall into one of two categories. Many will try to scare you to death to make you believe you need to hire them, and hire them now. Others will downplay the possible repercussions, all but promising outcomes that may be possible, but highly unlikely. The experienced and forthright attorneys at Patterson Weaver Law do not play those games. We have a law firm policy of telling it like it is with our clients. Whether during an initial consultation or over the course of representation, you can expect our lawyers to be honest and straightforward with you about the strengths and weaknesses of your case and the potential outcomes. Our job it not only to fight hard for you, but to help you fully understand the situation you are in. If we say it, you need to know you can believe it.
- Responsive communication: One of the most common complaints about attorneys is that they do not respond to their client’s attempts to reach them. You will not have this problem with Patterson Weaver Law, LLC. Our staff takes our responsibility to communicate with our clients seriously, and in most cases, you can expect a response to your message or e-mail in less than 24 hours.
- Effective negotiation: Although Patterson Weaver is an experienced and talented trial lawyer, often the most desirable outcomes are achieved through effective negotiation with prosecutors, not through trials in court. Our attorneys have a proven record of effective negotiation with prosecutors.
- Aggressive and experienced trial defense: Patterson Weaver is extensively trained in trial practice, and has an impressive history of success in trying hearings and cases in court. Should your case go to a jury trial or a court trial, you are in good hands with our capable trial attorneys fighting for you.
Crimes We Defend
Our attorneys represent defendants in cases ranging from traffic tickets to upper-level felonies. Contact us for a free consultation to find out how we can defend you.
Colorado Menacing and Assault
Colorado charges of violent crimes such as assault can range from the misdemeanor to the felony level. Often, assault charges are relatively easy for police officers to arrest for as the lowest level of assault charge, and Assault 3 (Class 1 misdemeanor) only requires that someone knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another. As Colorado includes simple physical pain in the definition of bodily injury, and as the act causing the pain doesn't even have to be intentional, it is not hard for a prosecutor to prove an Assault 3 case. Higher levels of assault charges, while harder to prove, are commonly charged.
Menacing occurs when someone places someone else in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Whether menacing is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on whether a weapon was used in making the threat. Felony menacing charges are one of the most commonly charged felonies, and are particularly common in domestic violence cases as well as cases involving "road rage."
Colorado DUI, and DWAI
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) means that someone was driving a motor vehicle while substantially incapable of safely operating the motor vehicle due to the influence of alcohol, or drugs, or both. Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) is similar except that it only requires someone be impaired to the slightest degree. Consequences and penalties for DUI cases can be burdensome and far reaching. Even if jail time can be avoided, these cases can affect peoples' drivers licenses in very negative ways. DUI cases range from the simple to the extraordinarily complicated, and you should have a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer guide you through your case.
Colorado Domestic Violence
Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence (DV) in Colorado is not its own charge. A domestic violence designation on the case is considered a modifier, or aggravator, of any other charge. Whether a case is considered domestic violence or not depends on the relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim. Any charge can possibly be a domestic violence charge so long as the defendant and the alleged victim at some point in the past had an intimate relationship. Domestic violence cases are particularly challenging in Colorado due to Colorado's mandatory arrest laws. If police officers respond to a call and believe there is probable cause that illegal occurred, no matter how minor, they are required by statute to make an arrest. As draconian is that may be, the problems extend to the DA's Office as a District Attorney cannot dismiss a domestic violence charge without being able to say to the Court, in good faith, that there is no prima facie case for domestic violence. Despite this, a quality and experienced domestic violence attorney, such as those at Patterson Weaver Law, often has great success working these cases in a way to obtain the best outcome possible in a particular case.
Colorado Drug Crimes
Despite Colorado's tolerance to drugs when compared to many other states, possession of illegal substances (or of too much otherwise legal substances) can have serious penalties. These cases can range from petty offenses through Drug Felony 1 charges depending on the type and amount of drugs. Also, the involvement of a gun can greatly increase penalties for what otherwise might have been a relatively minor charge. Consequences for drug crimes can include jail time, mandatory drug testing and treatment, and even time (sometimes significant time in more serious cases) in the Department of Corrections. If you find yourself facing drug charges, it is important that you hire experienced and aggressive legal counsel to help you obtain the best outcome in your case.
Colorado Theft, Robbery, Trespass, and Burglary
Theft and various types of fraud cases are some of the most common cases that our attorneys handle. Theft cases can range in severity from shoplifting involving a few dollars to felony theft crimes involving allegations of hundreds of thousands of dollars. No matter the complexity or amount at issue in your theft case, our theft attorneys know the defenses available to help fight for you in your case. Whether challenging the valuation of the property allegedly stolen to the intent behind the action, our attorneys know how to get the best plea bargain and best outcome on your case possible.
Trespass, burglary, and robbery cases can carry extremely severe penalties. No matter what specific charge you are facing, call us or fill out a contact form today so that we can get you in touch with one of our Colorado Springs criminal defense attorneys today.
Is It Possible My Case Might Be Dismissed?
A dismissal is always a possibility. Although the chances of a dismissal in your case will vary by the severity of the charges you are facing, whether the charges are designated as domestic violence or not, and the strength of the evidence against you. Regardless, our firm approaches every case with a goal of a dismissal. While such an outcome may not end up being possible in any case, our attorneys believe in starting every representation with that mindset, and will employ every defense strategy applicable in a matter to try to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Will the Court send me to jail?
This is always one of the most common concerns of our clients. If a case is properly handled, jail on most first offenses is rare. The Court has various other options available on less serious offenses and first offenses in place of jail. The court could place you on probation, order substance abuse or other types of treatment, issue fines, or even public service instead of jail--and on a first offense or for minor crimes the Court often prefers that to sentencing someone to jail. However, for offenders with multiple priors or very serious offenses, jail can be a more likely possibility. Our Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorneys will fight hard to keep you out of custody in your matter.
I've Been Charged With A Crime--What Should I Do?
If you are a defendant in a Colorado criminal case, don’t face it alone. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer with a track record of success. Hire Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Patterson Weaver to fight for your rights and your future.
Patterson Weaver Law serves El Paso County (Colorado Springs), Pueblo County (Pueblo), Teller County (Cripple Creek and Woodland Park), Fremont County (Canon City), Park County (Fairplay), Elbert County (Kiowa), and the surrounding areas. In many cases, if you live outside of Colorado Springs, our attorney can travel to you for the initial consultation.
Life happens. Let us help.
Contact Patterson Weaver Law, LLC today to set up a free consultation.