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Mesa County Information and Crime Statistics

Mesa County Information and Crime Statistics

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Mesa County Information and Crime Statistics

Overview of Mesa County

You will find pertinent information about Mesa County below with brief description about topics that you should address with your Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney that may make a difference in your Mesa County Criminal Case.

Population and Race in Mesa County Criminal Cases

Listed below is data dealing with the percentage of each racial group that appears in Mesa County and the percentage that the racial group appears in Court. When looking at racial data, you should compare your situation to the expectations that these statistics create in the County.

For example, if your race is seen less frequently in the criminal justice system than it is seen outside the criminal justice system, this could have an effect on your case. Likewise, if your race is seen more often in the criminal justice system than it is seen outside the criminal justice system, this could have an effect on your case.

You should talk to your Colorado Criminal Lawyer about how the racial trends in your county could effect your case. Racial trends can be used to your advantage depending on how the County perceives your race and the stereotypes of your community. It is important to have a discussion with your Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney about how racial perceptions and stereotypes can help or hurt your case.
Mesa County Colorado Population Demographics by Race Mesa County Colorado Arrest Demographics by Race

  White Black AINA API
Percentage of Race in the Population 89.4% 0.6% 1.1% 0.9%
Percentage of Crimes by Race 96.48% 2.82% 0.55% 0.16%

Education

When preparing your case for trial, you should be aware of the life experiences and educational background of your potential jurors. The way that your arguments are presented to the jury may depend on the life experiences and educational background of the jury. You should have a discussion with your Colorado Criminal Lawyer about the types of arguments that you should make in your county and the way that your evidence should be presented to make sure it reaches the jury in the best light possible.

High School Graduates College Graduates
89.1% 25.4%

Mesa County Courthouse and Judges

In a criminal case, the Judge plays a monumental role in ensuring that you receive a fair trial. Judicial tendencies can have negative and positive impacts on your Colorado Criminal Case. In order to better understand judicial tendencies and inform the citizens of Colorado, the State of Colorado conducts surveys on each Judge to see how the population perceives its Judges. These surveys are available to the public. You should take the time to talk to your Colorado Criminal Lawyer about your judge in particular and how his tendencies have effected previous cases so that you can prepare your arguments accordingly.

If you are interested in seeing how your Judge performed in his or her last survey, click on your Judge from the list below.

Judges in Judicial DISTRICT 21

The Honorable Brian J. Flynn
The Honorable Craig P. Henderson
The Honorable David A. Bottger
The Honorable Gretchen Larson
The Honorable Thomas M. Deister
The Honorable Bruce R. Raaum
The Honorable Dick Gurley
The Honorable Valerie Robison

Arrests in Mesa County and How they Effect your Case

In 2009, there were a total of 2558 arrests made in Mesa County by the Sheriff’s Department. In addition to these arrests, there were additional arrests made by the City Police Departments. Out of these arrests, a large portion consisted of Colorado DUI and alcohol related offenses.

When considering this data, you should see how many offenses similar to your offense are being handled within the county. If the county sees your type of offense quite often, you may want to talk to your Colorado Criminal Lawyer about how the county has handled your type of case in the past. If the county rarely sees the crime that you have been charged with, you may want to talk to your Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney about changing venue or taking other measures to ensure that your case is handled properly.

Crime Arrests
All Offenses 2558
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1
Forcible Rape 7
Robbery 11
Aggravated Assault 63
Burglary 41
Larceny-Theft 120
Motor Vehicle Theft 35
Arson 2
Other Assaults 247
Forgery and Counterfeiting 16
Fraud 26
Embezzlement 0
Stolen Property; Buying, Receiving, Possessing 7
Vandalism 88
Weapons; Carrying, Possessing, etc. 51
Prostitution and Commercialized Vice 1
Sex Offense (except forcible rape and prostitution) 31
Drug Abuse Violations -Total 238
     Sale-Manufacturing-Total 12
     Possession-SubTotal 225
Gambling 0
Offenses Against the Family and Children 31
Driving Under the Influence 194
Liquor Laws 335
Drunkenness 6
Disorderly Conduct 93
Vagrancy 0
All Other Offenses (except traffic) 820
Suspicion 0
Curfew and Loitering Law Violations 0
Runaways 94
Violent Crime Index 82
Property Crime Index 198

General Court Information

If you are scheduled for court, plan on arriving at the court well before your case. Give yourself ample time in case you encounter an emergency like a flat tire or a traffic jam. Always come to court well dressed and turn off your cell phone.
Generally, Courthouse hours are from Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The Courthouse file room is typically open from Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

If you have specific questions or would like to speak with an attorney about your legal criminal defense needs, please call Mountain Legal in Denver Colorado at 303-586-1731 or email us at nbaca@mtnlegal.com

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca