What are Violent Crimes?
Violent Crimes refer to the use of violent force upon another. In Colorado, a sampling of violent crimes include
- Armed robbery
- Domestic abuse
- Firearms and gun offenses
- Hate crimes
- Kidnapping and Stalking
These crimes are the most severe crimes in criminal law. Being convicted of one of these crimes can subject a person to life in prison. Every aspect of these crimes must be handled with the utmost care and attention.
When facing these types of charges, it is essential to hire the absolute best attorney. It is also essential for the attorney you hire to consult with seasoned appellate attorneys throughout the representation so that every issue presented before the judge is presented in a way that will allow the appellate attorney to give you a second shot at the case, in the event that the judge rules against you.
At Mountain Legal, we only work with the best investigators, appellate attorneys, jury selection experts, psychologists, doctors, and expert witnesses to construct the best possible defense for your case. Because of our unmatched attention to detail, Mountain Legal will only take on, at most, a single murder case per year.
Defending Violent Crimes in Colorado
Defending Violent Crimes typically involves greater involvement from the accused than other crimes. These crimes take hundreds of hours to prepare, requiring detailed research into the facts surrounding the case. It is quite common to spend considerable time in the area where the crime was alleged to have occurred, interviewing everyone who may have been remotely involved as a witness or have information about the case. This may involve interviews with all of your family as well as every friend that you have ever had, all of the victim’s friends and family, and any witnesses’ friends and family, pulling information from social sites, phone records, text messages, letters, and any other form of shared information between people who may have heard about the details of your case.
These crimes also require a great deal of speed. Oftentimes evidence that is favorable to the accused, such as videotapes in stores or neighborhoods, are lost or overlooked by the police. When the police fails to gather this evidence, it is usually lost by the people who possess the evidence because they simply do not release the value of the evidence.
Additionally, these cases involve interrogation by the police. Unlike other crimes, where the police will do a modest interview, asking the individual some questions, when dealing with violent crimes, the police will go to great lengths to “become your friend” and make the appearance that they are going to help you. You may be locked in a small room for 48 hours and begin to think that the only way you will get out is by telling the police what they want to hear. The police may also seem like they will get you out of the situation. The police rarely promise to help you, but you may feel that they are trying to help you if you just, “tell them the truth.” These false confessions can be disastrous for individuals if they are not dissected and broken down so that any illegal actions by the police are brought forth and presented to a judge in order to keep the statements out of the trial. In addition, it is essential to present these arguments about illegal interrogations properly so that the cases can be appealed.
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