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Colorado Theft, Property, Fraud and White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colorado Defense of White Collar Crimes in Colorado State and Federal Courts

A Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Specializing in White Collar Investigations, Charges & Indictments

I’ve successfully represented and, as a former career district attorney in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, prosecuted individuals and businesses who have come under investigation or been charged by the federal or Colorado state government in white collar criminal matters for more than 26 years. During this time, I have also represented professionals who have come under scrutiny by federal and state regulators, as well as professional licensing bodies.

More so than in any other area of criminal defense, the hiring of a skilled and aggressive criminal defense lawyer at the very earliest stages of a white collar criminal case in Colorado may make all the difference in the world in shaping the scope and direction of an investigation for the client.

Contact Colorado White Collar Crime Lawyer H. Michael Steinberg

Normal Business Hours Phone: 303-627-7777

After-Hours Emergency Phone Number: 720-220-2277
or 24/7 Pager: 303-543-4433

If you believe that you:

You need the counsel and advice of an experienced Colorado white collar defense lawyer.

Before You Speak to Them

Please give me a call before you step into a hornets’ nest. If you have already been arrested and accused of a white collar crime in Colorado, let me put my 26 plus years of successful experience to work for you.

In many cases, when I’ve been retained during the initial phase of an investigation, my clients have been able to avoid even appearing before a grand jury. In other cases where we have been involved early on, we have been successful in gaining immunity against criminal prosecution for our clients.

Take a look at the list below–it shows the white collar crimes applicable to Colorado at the state and federal level, and will give you a better idea on what areas I can help you with.

Often, due to my experience in these matters, notwithstanding a prosecutor’s threats that a client will likely be arrested or indicted if he or she refuses to cooperate with the government’s investigation, I’ve been successful in having my client politely decline such an invitation with no ramifications.

Too often, I represent clients whose lawyers allowed them to be interviewed by Colorado law enforcement and still faced prosecution. If charges are brought, I will work to prepare a vigorous defense. If the matter cannot be resolved in a favorable manner, I will prepare the case for trial, confidently and with a mastery of the evidence and the law.

White collar crime typically refers to an offense that does not involve the use or threat of force for its commission. Most commonly, it is a term used to describe crimes allegedly committed by business people, professionals or corporate employees that involve theft, fraud, or other means to illegally obtain money or property. Frequently, these matters are complex and the investigations that precede announcement of charges may take more than a year’s time.

Government investigations and enforcement actions involving criminal and civil violations increase each year. In Colorado, the attorney general’s office has greatly expanded the number and scope of investigations and prosecutions involving allegedly improper business practices. In this intensified enforcement environment, having an experienced lawyer who understands the complexities of these matters and knows the law is imperative.

What Happens If You’re Convicted for White Collar Crimes in the Colorado State Courts

In state court in Colorado, if convicted of a white collar offense, the sentence may range from performing community service, to two years probation, to up to 24 years in prison. Almost all sentences will also include a requirement of restitution, or paying back in full any money unlawfully received.

The sentence imposed will largely depend on the amount of money at issue or the type of property involved. In most instances where a case can be favorably resolved by mutual agreement, the accused will know what the sentence will be at the time of entry of a guilty plea.

What Happens If You’re Convicted for White Collar Crimes in Federal Courts

In federal court, with rare exception, the certainty regarding one’s sentence which is the rule in New York courts is not at all present. The court is not involved in any plea- or charge-bargaining that may go on between the parties and is not consulted with prior to any decision to enter a plea of guilty.

Moreover, even if one enters into a plea agreement with the government, and thereby limits the sentence the government may request, the court is not bound to impose any particular sentence, even one that the parties believe is appropriate. Thus, other than any statutory minimum and maximum sentences that may set the floor and ceiling of sentences authorized by Congress for a particular crime, the court may ultimately sentence a defendant to any punishment within this incredibly broad statutory range that it feels is appropriate.

The court must, of course, give consideration to the sentence suggested by application of the infamous federal sentencing guidelines, which provide the court with a range of sentence within the statutory minimum and maximum sentences authorized to be imposed. In white collar cases, the suggested guidelines range is based principally upon the amount of money lost or attempted to be obtained, the number and type of victims involved, the means by which the money or property was obtained, the degree of planning involved, and the defendant’s role in the offense.

Under current law, the court is not obligated to impose a “guidelines sentence” but instead must consider such a sentence, along with a host of other factors, including the history and characteristics of the defendant, the traditional goals to be served in imposing punishment, and the sentences of others convicted of similar crimes.

Sentences in federal white collar cases can be very harsh and involve substantial prison terms even for those who, but for this blemish, have led exemplary lives. There is, however, much that can be done to attempt to reduce or eliminate altogether the possibility of a prison sentence. This comes in the form of sentence advocacy, which is something I excel in.

Sentence Advocacy

Prior to sentencing, the accused may present to the court mitigating information regarding the circumstances that led to commission of the crime as well as his or her background, along with any supporting documentation, in an effort to convince the court to sentence the defendant to a lesser amount of time in jail or to no jail at all.

Many times, after a thorough review and investigation of a person’s personal, family, medical, psychiatric or financial history, there is developed sufficient compelling information that, if presented properly and persuasively, can allow the court to deviate or depart from the sentence it otherwise would have imposed. Often, based upon this same presentation, it may be possible to convince the Government to agree to certain adjustments or to at least not object or to take “no position” regarding a sentencing matter.

Similarly, based on a careful review of the evidence, it may be possible to effectively challenge certain assumptions or calculations that effect upon sentence, such as the amount of loss involved in a crime.

Many times in the past, I’ve successfully persuaded federal judges in Colorado state to cut federal sentences based on factors such as extraordinary family circumstances, extraordinary rehabilitation, and extraordinary proof of contrition.