Experienced Colorado State Felony Lawyers
The Denver criminal defense lawyers of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP have extensive experience defending Colorado state felony charges. Felonies can include sexual crimes, white-collar crimes, fraud, theft, and crimes related to drugs. Colorado felony charges can also involve violence, assault, homicide, and weapons. Penalties for a felony conviction are severe and often result in major fines, county jail time, state prison sentences, or even lifetime registration as a sexual offender. For non-US citizens, a Colorado felony conviction can lead to the initiation of immigration removal proceedings or deportation.
Many people charged with felony assault do not realize that the charges against them can lead to incarceration. In Colorado, even misdemeanor 3rd Degree Assault convictions are punishable by up to two years in jail. Our attorneys began their careers as Public Defenders and have represented many individuals charged with Colorado felony assault in municipal, county, and district courts across Colorado. We are well versed in self-defense law and know what it takes to present a winning defense. Each one of our lawyers has won multiple assault cases at trial.
As some of the top criminal defense attorneys in Colorado, every lawyer at McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP has tried multiple homicide cases and we have achieved outstanding results. The minimum penalty for First Degree Murder in Colorado is life without parole. Our lawyers have spent an incalculable amount of time litigating, investigating, and trying homicide cases. In our experience, homicide litigation is done best by hitting the ground running and we start our own investigation as soon as possible.
Domestic violence itself is not a charge in Colorado. It is a sentence enhancer that can apply to any crime, including acts that are not violent. Domestic violence convictions have the potential to make an irrevocable impact on the lives of the person accused and charges cannot be dismissed just because the victim wants the case dropped. In Colorado, arrest is mandatory if law enforcement has probable cause to believe someone committed an act of domestic violence. Following arrest, a Mandatory Protection Order goes into effect and this Order often prohibits any type of conduct between the accused and the alleged victim. For families, this prohibition can be damaging to couples and their children. Domestic violence charges are defensible and McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP attorneys have years of experience successfully defending them.
Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA)
The Colorado Organized Crime Control Act or “COCCA” is the Colorado equivalent to the federal RICO Act and is intended to target organized criminal enterprises. COCCA charges used to be rarely sought by the State of Colorado, but have been more commonly filed over the past few years. They are often brought after a Grand Jury investigation. McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP has developed a large motion practice aimed at fighting COCCA charges. Our firm has handled many complex COCCA cases with factual basis including marijuana cultivation, securities fraud, theft, drug distribution, and Medicaid fraud.
Consult a Denver Criminal Defense Attorney
The attorneys of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP have years of experience defending Colorado state felony charges. Call our office at (303) 832-8888 to learn what we can do to in your case.