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.
|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%|
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|
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.
|Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter||1|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||35|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||16|
|Stolen Property; Buying, Receiving, Possessing||7|
|Weapons; Carrying, Possessing, etc.||51|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||1|
|Sex Offense (except forcible rape and prostitution)||31|
|Drug Abuse Violations -Total||238|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||31|
|Driving Under the Influence||194|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||820|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||0|
|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.
The information in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or as the creation of an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice, please contact an Attorney.