The federal justice system is ginormous and intimidating. If you fail to defend against a criminal prosecution by the Feds in Denver, the consequences can be very harsh. The learning curve can be steep for white-collar criminals who have no criminal records. They may not understand the importance of hiring experienced trial counsel and may think that because they are innocent, this is enough. Dragging your feet in the federal criminal process before you hire an attorney is a very bad idea. Proceedings move quickly and leave you with few opportunities to remedy errors if you don’t have skilled counsel on the job at every phase.
Our Denver criminal defense attorneys are some of the most experienced around. This level of experience allows them to make shorter work of cases because they know exactly what to do. They have a working knowledge of all the applicable laws and may only need to carry out some defined research on specific facets of the case. This saves you from paying to educate an attorney and allows you to take advantage of our experience. We know what works and what is not sticking in the courts and even how a particular judge will likely handle claims.
Defending Against Federal Charges
We handle a wide variety of federal criminal cases: gun violations, drug trafficking, credit card fraud, public office corruption charges, internet sex stings, child pornography cases, murder, rape, human trafficking, identity theft, illegal immigration, and more. We can provide expert assistance at every phase of your case to give you a clear advantage over uncounseled and poorly represented defendants.
The federal authorities have just 72 hours after your arrest to bring you before a magistrate or judge to set bail. We can help you obtain bail in serious cases and reduce the bail in any almost any case by citing mitigations and weaknesses in the prosecution’s theory from the door. Retaining your dignity and psychological well-being during this phase of the case by staying out of prison is of paramount importance.
If the case against your is weak, it may even be lacking in probable cause. Sometimes, federal officials will try to play things by ear while initiating a case against a suspect even though the probable cause is lacking. They may expect evidence to come out later that will justify the arrest. The prosecutor will be required to demonstrate probable cause at a hearing within just 10 days of your arrest. For this reason, you need counsel on the case immediately to eliminate the presumptions of your involvement in a crime. Merely being seen at the scene of a crime or being seen in possession of what could be illegal drugs, without more, is not sufficient for a prosecution.
Discovery and Pre-Trial Motion Practice
The Discovery phase of a case is critical. During Discovery, the prosecutor is obligated to hand over any evidence in their possession that they plan to use at trial. They are not allowed to surprise defendants with new witnesses or evidence. The rule is the same in even civil trial. Yet, many prosecutors will intentionally withhold key evidence such as recordings, statements, and other information that may support your innocence in the aggregate. We can spot areas where holes exist in their disclosure and force them to give up the evidence or, otherwise, preserve the issues for appeals.
We will also file motions to suppress evidence that is inflammatory, digressive, unreliable hearsay, or unlawfully obtained. This ensures the fairness of the trial and prevents the prosecutor from substituting evidence of the crime with irrelevant factors that slander your character or confuse a jury. Doing all this pre-trial work preserves issues for appeals and forces the prosecutor to consider dismissing the case or providing a more lenient plea bargain at the risk of blowing trial in the alternative.
Plea, Trial, Sentencing Phase
If your case is strong and you’ve won on your pre-trial motions to ensure fairness, you may want to go to trial. If the plea is very good, you may decide to forgo the risks of trial. In any case, we will work hard to bring up any mitigations at the sentencing phase if you are ultimately convicted or plead out. And we will file post-trial motions to preserve objections at trial and other errors. Trust us to manage your case for an optimal outcome.