Common Legal Questions

How do you defend yourself in court against domestic violence charges?

Although domestic violence is often an issue in misdemeanor cases where the penalties are generally less severe, classifying a crime as domestic violence greatly increases your possible penalties. Ethically, it would be wrong to try and tell you how to represent yourself in court because each case is different and the correct approach will change from case to case. The best thing you can do is consult with a criminal defense attorney before accepting any plea agreement from the district attorney. You need to know if there is any chance to get your case dismissed or get a better plea agreement than the district attorney has offered and you will not be able to answer these questions without talking to an attorney. You may need to take your case to trial and that is an important decision you should make only after consulting with an attorney.

How do you get a felony off your record?

If you have a felony conviction on your record you will not be able to have it sealed or expunged. If your case was dismissed or you were acquitted following a trial, you may be able to have your record sealed. There is a statue in Colorado that provides for the sealing of criminal records. However, some records cannot ever be sealed and some records cannot be sealed until a specified period of time has passed. A motion must be filed with the court, but the court does not have to grant the motion. Importantly, because of the public nature of criminal records many private companies purchase information from the government and then keep it in their own database to sell to the public. There are literally thousands of companies that sell criminal records. The reality is that even if you have your record sealed it will be virtually impossible to keep it out of the public domain. The government will no longer share your record but there will still be thousands of companies that may have your record on file and will sell to whoever is willing to pay. This often defeats the purpose of sealing a record. If you do wish to pursue the sealing of a criminal record you should contact an attorney.

Is public intoxication a criminal offense?

The answer here really depends on how intoxicated and unruly you are acting when you run into the police. There are petty and misdemeanor offenses that often arise due to public intoxication. Simply being in public and having consumed alcohol is not an offense unless you are under the age of 21.

How do you defend a Colorado DUI?

Ethically, it would be wrong to try and tell you how to represent yourself in court or at a DMV hearing because each case is different and the correct approach will change from case to case. The best thing you can do is consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible and, at least, before accepting any plea agreement from the district attorney. You need to know if there is any chance to get your case dismissed or get a better plea agreement than the district attorney has offered and you will not be able to answer these questions without talking to an attorney. You may need to take your case to trial and that is an important decision you should make only after consulting with an attorney.

How much do traffic violations cost?

In comparison to other criminal charges, traffic infractions are not that expensive. It is impossible to determine exactly how much a traffic infraction will cost you without knowing your driving record, the offense you are charged with, and the facts of your case. Many traffic fines are under $100, but that does not include the inevitably higher cost of your car insurance. There is also the DMV point system to consider, especially if you have had other traffic infractions in the last two years. Feel free to contact Hopkins Law with questions about your traffic case.

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