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Child Abuse and Neglect Crimes – What Is Legal Child Discipline In Colorado? Can I Spank My Child?

Child Abuse and Neglect Crimes – What Is Legal Child Discipline In Colorado? Can I Spank My Child?  by H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Email the Author at hmsteinberg@hotmail.com Child Abuse and Neglect Crimes – What Is Legal Child Discipline In Colorado? Can I Spank My Child? A Colorado criminal charge of child abuse can destroy the lives of everyone involved. Because of mandatory reporting laws LINK that impact literally thousands of … Read The Rest

Denver Colorado Child Abuse Lawyer Writes About Fighting The Unfair Use of Experts On The Issue Of Non-Accidental Trauma – 18–6–401

Denver Colorado Child Abuse Lawyer Writes About Fighting The Unfair Use of Experts On The Issue Of Non-Accidental Trauma – 18–6–401 By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Child Abuse Cases – Email the Author at  hmsteinberg@hotmail.com Denver Colorado Child Abuse Lawyer Writes About Fighting The Unfair Use of Experts On The Issue Of Non-Accidental Trauma – 18-6-401 –  This topic explores use of experts by the prosecution to prove the charge of felony … Read The Rest

Child Abuse and Colorado Domestic Violence Law – When A Child Witnesses Domestic Violence – And Child Abuse Charges Are Added

Child Abuse and Colorado Domestic Violence Law – When A Child Witnesses Domestic Violence – And Child Abuse Charges Are Added By Colorado Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg Child Abuse and Colorado Domestic Violence Law – When A Child Witnesses Domestic Violence – And Child Abuse Charges Are Added – Colorado Child Abuse and Colorado Domestic Violence Law has begun to focus on the impact of having a child in the room or … Read The Rest

Shaken Baby Syndrome and Colorado Non Accidental Trauma – Child Abuse – Denver Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg

Shaken Baby Syndrome and Colorado Non Accidental Trauma – Child Abuse – Denver Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg Colorado child abuse investigations may result in allegations of shaken baby syndrome – this allegation must be supported by hard physical evidence which is directly and vigorously defended against by a qualified criminal defense lawyer.  This is an informational article on shaken baby syndrome.  Shaken Baby Syndrome The Questions: 1. What is shaken baby … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law: Parental Use of Drugs as Child Abuse

Understanding Parental Drug Use as Possible Child Abuse:  What Is the Law? To better understand this issue and to view it in its proper context, here is the Colorado law regarding parental use of drugs as it applies to child abuse and neglect Citation: Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 19-1-103(1)(a) Statute Text: ”Abuse” or ”child abuse or neglect” means an act or omission in one of the following categories that threatens the health or welfare … Read The Rest

Child Abuse

Child Abuse-Endangering the Welfare of a Child Ask any Colorado criminal defense lawyer–very few crimes send an immediate danger signal to the police or a district attorney faster than a child abuse-endangering the welfare of a child charge. The criminal lawyer will also tell you that there are very few crimes that raise the eye of the public, and gain the focus of the court, more than an endangering the welfare of a child. All law … Read The Rest

False Allegations: Child Sexual Abuse

False Allegations of Sexual Assault on a Child in Custody and Visitation Disputes * A Therapist’s View of False Allegations of Sexual Assault by a Child Dr. Stephen J. Bishop and Carl E. K. Johnson Recently, mental health professionals and family law attorneys have reported a marked increase in the incidence of claims of sexual abuse to children involved in custody or visitation disputes arising in the course of dissolution of marriage actions. These reports … Read The Rest

Colorado Juvenile Arrests – What A Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Actually Does – or Should Do – When Your Child Has Been Arrested

Colorado Juvenile Arrests  By Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg A Colorado Juvenile Criminal Lawyer can assist a juvenile when the he is arrested in Colorado. It is a good strategy to have a lawyer on the case at the inception.  This compehensive article address that attormey client relatonship. Representation of a Colorado Juvenile at the Time of Arrest A juvenile defense lawyer’s advice to and representation of the juvenile early on in his case can have a … Read The Rest

FAQ: Colorado Criminal Juvenile Law – What Kind of Information is Given to the Schools When My Child is Charged With a Colorado Juvenile Crime

FAQ: Colorado Criminal Juvenile Law – What Kind of Information is Given to the Schools When My Child is Charged With a Colorado Juvenile Crime? Information Exchanges Between the Police and the Schools In 2000, Ken Salazar – then serving as Colorado’s Attorney General – issued an opinion as to what information Colorado law enforcement could share with the Colorado Public Schools and vice versa – what follows is a rewriting and summary of that … Read The Rest

009. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS – SEX CRIMES – CHILDREN – ADULTS

009. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS – SEX CRIMES – CHILDREN – ADULTS The Crime of Enticement of a Child in Colorado Enticement of a child A person who, with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact, invites or persuades or attempts to invite or persuade a child under the age of 15 to enter a vehicle, building, room, or secluded place commits a class 4 felony. 18-3-305 (2) A … Read The Rest

Colorado Statute: Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Colorado Law: Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Child Sexual Exploitation of a Child (CRS 18-6-403) 1.The general assembly hereby finds and declares: That the sexual exploitation of children constitutes a wrongful invasion of the child’s right of privacy and results in social, developmental, and emotional injury to the child; that a child below the age of eighteen years is incapable of giving informed consent to the use of his or her body for a sexual … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law Guide – Enhanced Sentencing – When Can A Sentence Exceed The Maximum Sentence?

Colorado Criminal Law Guide – Enhanced Sentencing – When Can A Sentence Exceed The Maximum Sentence? By H. Michael Steinberg Denver Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney Colorado Criminal Law Guide – Enhanced Sentencing – When Can A Sentence Exceed The Maximum Sentence? – Usually a person charged with a crime in Colorado can rely on what are known as the presumptive range of sentencing. This article will address the exceptions that can lead to … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Jury Trials – Jury Questions Change Everything

Colorado Criminal Jury Trials – Jury Questions Change Everything By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer December 2015 Colorado Criminal Jury Trials – Jury Questions Change Everything – A relatively recent development in the rules governing Colorado criminal jury trials permits – following any and every witnesses’ testimony – a jury to actually pose written questions to the witness. These questions not only provide real time insight into the current thinking of the jury – they … Read The Rest

Colorado Misdemeanor And Petty Offense Charges and Their Legal Descriptions

Colorado Misdemeanor And Petty Offense Charges Colorado Misdemeanor And Petty Offense Charges are what are written onto the tickets (summons) that Colorado police officers hand you every day. The ticket – summons is required to describe the crimes that they are charging in words you can understand. The police can only charge misdemeanor or lower crimes in Colorado. What follows is the law – the statutory citation and the standard descriptions the police use to write you a summons or … Read The Rest

Colorado Victims Rights – Understanding The Rights And Limitations On Victim’s Control Under The Colorado Victims’ Rights Act

Colorado Victims Rights – Understanding The Rights And Limitations Of Victim’s Control Under The Colorado Victims’ Rights Act by Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney – Lawyer H. Michael Steinberg Victims in Colorado have certain enumerated rights that are protected by the Colorado constitution and Colorado statutes (laws).  Victim’s rights do not – however – extend to controlling the actions of the prosecution of the case either in dropping charges or in seeking the maximum penalty. Colorado … Read The Rest

Colorado Domestic Violence Treatment – What Are The Standards – What Does The Evaluation Consist Of – How Does It Work?

Colorado Domestic Violence Treatment – What Are The Standards – What Does The Evaluation Consist Of – How Does It Work? By Colorado Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer – Attorney – H. Michael Steinberg In late 2010.. there was a “sea change” in the approach Colorado courts were taking towards the mandatory component for the treatment required in all Colorado domestic violence based convictions. At that time Colorado’s domestic violence treatment standards changed to include a more … Read The Rest

Criminal Histories and Background Checks – A Tough Road

Criminal Histories and Background Checks  …A Tough Road by Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney at Law – H. Michael Steinberg  Criminal Histories and Background Checks and Colorado’s criminal history laws confuse many people. In the middle of a criminal case – if the person is unrepresented by a lawyer – they often take the easy way out and accept a plea bargain that results in a criminal conviction with long term devastating results to their lives and … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law – Criminal Histories and Teacher – Instructor – Social Services Applications And Other Background Checks

Colorado Criminal Law – Criminal Histories and Teacher – Instructor – Social Services Applications And Other Background Checks A full understanding of several aspects of the Colorado criminal history system is necessary if you are applying for a position as a Colorado Teacher or Social Services worker.  Further – if there is incorrect information on one’s criminal history – this article directs the individual on the method of removing erroneous information from that criminal history. … Read The Rest

FAQ: Colorado Criminal Law – Understanding the Law Regarding Privileges – Husband-Wife, Attorney-Client – Doctor – Patient – Priest -Penitent, Accountants and the Like

FAQ: Colorado Criminal Law – Understanding the Law Regarding Privileges – Husband-Wife, Attorney-Client – Doctor – Patient – Priest -Penitent, Accountants and the Like What follows are the main parts of Colorado’s “privilege” statute or law.  I have not analyzed every privilege but I have labeled them so that you can find the one that applies to your situation specifically.  In the future I will provide a more thorough analysis of the major provisions to … Read The Rest

020. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – OFFENSES INVOLVING THE FAMILY RELATION

020. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – OFFENSES INVOLVING THE FAMILY RELATION The Crime of Incest in Colorado 18-6-301 (1) Incest Any person who knowingly marries, inflects sexual penetration or sexual intrusion, or subjects to sexual contact, an ancestor or descendant, a brother or sister of the whole or half blood, or an uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the whole blood commits the class 4 felony of incest. 18-6-301 (1) The Crime of Aggravated incest in … Read The Rest

A Former Colorado Career Disrict Attorney – DA | Denver Criminal Lawyer | Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm

A Former Colorado Career Disrict Attorney – DA | Denver Criminal Lawyer | Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm Specializing in Criminal Law in Denver and the Front Range for Over 30 Years By H. Michael Steinberg – Denver, Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney A Former Colorado Career District Attorney – DA Denver Criminal Lawyer | Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm If you have been charged with a crime in Colorado you may be frightened, … Read The Rest

Overview

The Criminal Justice System – Some Answers… Additional Links on this Web Site and on the Web. Hot Topics in Criminal Law Law Links on the Web Find The Law in Colorado See Also: Free Advice.com The following Hyperlinks (below) will take you to over twenty five  web pages full of information on the Criminal Justice System. Often when we are in a crisis we are desperate for information that will clarify what is happening … Read The Rest

Ten Things to do When Charged

TEN THINGS TO DO WHEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR CHILD ABUSE You have to begin by realizing the level of trouble you are in. Understand the consequences if you underestimate the legal ramifications for your life if you make the wrong decisions. Unfortunately most people go into some level of denial and minimize the trouble they are in.   As a consequence they fail to do things they must and find themselves … Read The Rest

Sentencing Alternatives

Sentencing Alternatives: From Incarceration to Diversion A convicted defendant’s punishment may involve one or a combination of different elements, including prison, probation, compensating the victim or community service. This article looks at each in turn. A sentence may involve one or a combination of a number of different elements, including incarceration (prison, jail), probation, restitution (victim compensation) and community service. Incarceration The concept of locking someone up for a fixed period of time is relatively … Read The Rest

Sentencing Alternatives

Sentencing Alternatives: From Incarceration to Diversion A convicted defendant’s punishment may involve one or a combination of different elements, including prison, probation, compensating the victim or community service. This article looks at each in turn. A sentence may involve one or a combination of a number of different elements, including incarceration (prison, jail), probation, restitution (victim compensation) and community service. Incarceration The concept of locking someone up for a fixed period of time is relatively … Read The Rest

Colorado Sentencing in Detail

SENTENCING IN COLORADO: MORE DETAIL This chapter provides an overview of sentencing law since 1979 in Colorado, and outlines what sentencing laws require of judges. The sentencing of offenders is at the discretion of the judge after conviction. Colorado’s sentencing laws are complicated and have varying levels of application for various types of offenders. This chapter will focus on the variables which affect the sentence handed down by a judge. Once an offender has entered … Read The Rest

10 Things If You Are Charged

TEN THINGS TO DO WHEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR CHILD ABUSE Understand the consequences. You have to begin by realizing the level of trouble you are in, especially if you underestimate the legal ramifications for your life if you make the wrong decisions. Unfortunately most people go into some level of denial and minimize the trouble they are in.   As a consequence they fail to do things they must and find … Read The Rest

Pretrial Investigation Phase Explored

Colorado Criminal Defense – Pre-Trial Investeigation  – “Now Is Not the Time Syndrome” The following article was written by an expert in combating false allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  It has a great deal of wisdom to impart and I therefore have included it in my website on the issue of pre-filing representation and investigation and generally on the issue of a proactive approach to Colorado Criminal Defense.  The article is … Read The Rest

Violent Crimes

Aggressive Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Violent crimes, such as assault, murder or rape, may be the intended crime or may be the means to an end, such as a murder during a robbery or a similar situation. Because of their violent and disturbing nature, violent crime trials require an experienced criminal defense attorney who is not flustered by overwhelming evidence, a biased jury, or a tough prosecutor. You need an attorney, who, through all complexities … Read The Rest

Our Qualifications

H. Michael Steinberg’s Qualifications to Represent You in Court There is no substitute for 28 years in the courtrooms of the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area and the Front Range–with thirteen of those years as a senior career felony prosecutor in Arapahoe County, Colorado, Colorado’s second largest judicial district. All lawyers know in their hearts (despite what they may tell you) that there has never been, nor will there ever be, a substitute for time in the courtroom, … Read The Rest

About Our Denver Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm

About Our Denver Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm H. Michael Steinberg is a former senior district attorney (DA) whose law practice now focuses on Denver and the Front Range of Colorado, and is exclusively limited to trial and negotiation in criminal law matters Mr. Steinberg is an experienced former senior trial district attorney whose thirteen-year career as a prosecuting attorney in the courtrooms of the Denver metropolitan area (primarily Arapahoe and Douglas Counties) and the … Read The Rest

Understanding Colorado Mental Health ” M-1″ Holds – 27-65 101 – A Criminal Defense Perspective

Understanding Colorado Mental Health ” M-1″ Holds – 27-65-101 – A Criminal Defense Perspective By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney UPDATE – This law firm only handles the criminal defense side of M-1 Holds, if and when, criminal charges are pressed. We do not represent those unlawfully held by hospitals and other mental health providers. The reader is respectfully referred to www.NAMI.org – (303) 321-3104 for assistance and a list of … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law – How To Testify – How To BE A Witness*

Colorado Criminal Law – How To Testify – How To BE A Witness* By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Colorado Criminal Law – How To Testify – How To BE A Witness* – The world of the courtroom is a strange and frightening place to most. Watching hundreds of Law and Order reruns won’t really prepare you for the experience. Unfortunately Colorado criminal trial lawyers also may not have the time to spend the … Read The Rest

Colorado Statutory Rape And – Juvenile Sex – Can You Be Prosecuted In Colorado – 18-3-402(1)(e)

Colorado Statutory Rape And – Juvenile Sex – Can You Be Prosecuted In Colorado – 18-3-402(1)(e) by H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer For The Defense Of Statutory Rape – Sexual Assault Charges Colorado Statutory Rape And – Juvenile Sex – Can You Be Prosecuted In Colorado – 18-3-402(1)(e) – We live in s country where children grow up too fast in the eyes of their parents and grandparents. But practical reality … Read The Rest

Federal Detention Hearings – Release or Detention Pending Judicial Proceedings Under 18 U.S.C. §§ 3141-3156

Federal Detention Hearings – Release or Detention Pending Judicial Proceedings Under 18 U.S.C. §§ 3141-3156 Federal Detention Hearings Law and Issues Compiled by Colorado Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg The very first opportunity to defend those charged with serious federal crimes is at the preliminary and the detention hearing. This pair of hearings gives lawyers their first opportunity to have an adversarial hearing and begin to see the government’s case. However the … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law – How The Jury System Works In Colorado – What Happens To Juries, – Before, During, and After A Jury Trial In Colorado

Colorado Criminal Law – How The Jury System Works In Colorado – What Happens To Jurys, – Before, During, and After A Jury Trial In Colorado Introduction: The Constitutional right to a jury trial is one of the most precious rights that United States citizens hold.  However that right – including the procedures that surround the right to a jury trial are not well understood by these same citizens.  This web page is directed at assisting … Read The Rest

COLORADO Criminal and Civil Law Cross Over – When You Give A Party and Other People Become Intoxicated – Am I Responsible For Their Later Acts?

COLORADO Criminal and Civil Law Cross Over – When You Give A Party and Other People Become Intoxicated – Am I Responsible For Their Later Acts? What is not well understood by parents that permit drinking at their children’s parties… or even adult parties in the homes of good friends… is the liability on the part of those hosts for the actions that occur after these intoxicated individuals leave.  This web page is intended to … Read The Rest

Understanding and How To Win a Permanent Restraining Order Hearing in Colorado – Part II

Understanding and How To Win a Permanent Restraining Order Hearing in Colorado – Part II Fighting False Restraining Orders in Colorado – How to Win A Permanent Protection or “Return” Order Hearing in Colorado – Part II*     By Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Cases False Allegations of Abuse  -Consequences of Domestic Abuse Claims Allegations of domestic abuse may have both civil and criminal consequences. In the civil context, an allegation … Read The Rest

Understanding and How To Win a Permanent Restraining Order Hearing in Colorado

Understanding How To Win a Permanent Restraining Order Hearing in Colorado By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer Understanding How To Win a Permanent Restraining Order Hearing in Colorado – In order to fully understand how to defend an attempt by an individual – let’s say a former spouse, significant other or angry neighbor – from obtaining what could be a life changing Colorado Permanent Restraining Oder against you – you start … Read The Rest

021. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – WRONGS TO AT-RISK ADULTS AND AT-RISK JUVENILES

021. COLORADO CRIMINAL CODE – WRONGS TO AT-RISK ADULTS AND AT-RISK JUVENILES The Role of Criminal Negligence in Crimes Against At Risk Victims Criminal negligence. A crime against an at-risk adult or at-risk juvenile that amounts to criminal negligence resulting in bodily injury is a class 6 felony. 18-6.5-103 (2) (c) A crime against an at-risk adult or at-risk juvenile that amounts to criminal negligence resulting in serious bodily injury is a class 5 felony. … Read The Rest

Colorado Criminal Law – Understanding the Effect of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

Colorado Criminal Law – Using and Understanding the Effect of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder by Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer for Criminal Defense Law and Tactics – H. Michael Steinberg Introduction: What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?  A person suffers from PTSD when he or she  1) has experienced, witnessed, or confronted an event that involved actual or threatened death, serious injury, or threatened physical integrity; 2) has responded with intense fear, helplessness, or horror; and 3) experiences … Read The Rest

The Colorado Sex Offender Registry: An Overview & FAQs

Understanding the Colorado Sex Offender Registry The sex offender registry provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of local communities may better protect themselves and their children from these known sex offenders. Law enforcement agencies are required to release the following information regarding registered sex offenders: Name Address Aliases of the registrant Photograph, if readily available A history of the convictions resulting in the registrant being required … Read The Rest

DUI Testing

ALCOHOL INTOXICATION TESTING The scientific determination of alcohol intoxication is always an estimate regardless if the expert is an ordinary police officer armed with a breathalyzer or a forensic toxicologist armed with the most sophisticated laboratory . This is because over 90 million Americans who drink have different body chemistries and physical constitutions that exhibit extraordinary variation in the behavioral effects of alcohol our society has decided to criminalize as “intoxication”. The crime of “drunkenness … Read The Rest

Immigration and Crim Law

Immigration Law and Colorado Criminal Defense Cases – A Primer Removal (Deportation) Hundreds of thousands apply for visas to come to the United States every year in an attempt to avail of America. Some come to visit. Some come to live. For many of them, the trip is the realization of a life’s dream. Living, working, simply being, here means opportunity for themselves, and more importantly, for their children. The greatest threat to the continuance … Read The Rest

Immigration Law

Immigration Law and Colorado Criminal Defense Cases – A Primer Removal (Deportation) Hundreds of thousands apply for visas to come to the United States every year in an attempt to avail of America. Some come to visit. Some come to live. For many of them, the trip is the realization of a life’s dream. Living, working, simply being, here means opportunity for themselves, and more importantly, for their children. The greatest threat to the continuance … Read The Rest

Pre-Sentence Investigations

WHAT IS THE PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT? A report prepared by a probation agent describing the background and character of the person being sentenced. It is written prior to the sentencing hearing. Information may be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, the victim(s), and any other individuals important in the Defendant’s background. It contains information such as: prior criminal convictions and juvenile adjudications. description of the offense. the defendant’s vocational background and work … Read The Rest

Presentence Investigation

The Colorado Presentence Investigation and Report (PSI) What Is The  PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT? A report prepared by a probation agent describing the background and character of the person being sentenced. It is written prior to the sentencing hearing. Information may be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, the victim(s), and any other individuals important in the Defendant’s background.It contains information such as: prior criminal convictions and juvenile adjudications. description of the offense. … Read The Rest

An Overview of the System

An Overview of the System Criminal law regulates behavior that the people, through their legislators, decide cannot be tolerated. Criminal law sets forth the types of behavior deemed criminal, establishes the rules governing the apprehension, prosecution and defense of people who are suspected of committing crimes, and governs the punishment of those who are convicted of committing crimes.  Unlike civil cases, which usually involve one private party suing another private party, criminal cases always involve … Read The Rest

Sexual Offense Glossary

A Sexual Assault Offense Glossary of Terms Molest The crime of sexual acts with children up to the age of 18, including touching of private parts, exposure of genitalia, taking of pornographic pictures, rape, inducement of sexual acts with the molester or with other children and variations of these acts by pedophiles. Molestation also applies to incest by a relative with a minor family member and any unwanted sexual acts with adults short of rape. … Read The Rest

Colorado Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual Assault Cases in Colorado: A Closer Look How a Felony Criminal Case in Colorado Proceeds in the Colorado Courts An arrest is made (an arrest warrant or a summons is issued). The person is charged with a sex crime felony. Preliminary hearing is conducted within 30 days. Arraignment takes place in district court. Motion hearing precedes trial. Preliminary Hearing The district attorney has to produce enough evidence for the judge to determine probable cause … Read The Rest

Juvenile FAQs

Some Questions About Juvenile Law for and About Juveniles What is the purpose of a juvenile court? In Colorado the juvenile courts were established to provide for the special needs of children in the justice system. A  Colorado Children’s Code was written with the purpose of creating a system of juvenile justice that will appropriately sanction or correct juveniles who violate the law. Who is a juvenile delinquent? A juvenile delinquent is anyone 10 through … Read The Rest

Juvenile Cases in Colorado

Juvenile Cases: When a Young Person is Charged With a Crime In Colorado A Look at What Happens in Juvenile Court Juvenile Cases in Colorado – Juvenile justice” is an umbrella term for the special procedures set up by every state to deal with young people whose cases belong in juvenile court. Juvenile courts handle most of the cases in which young people (usually called juveniles” or “minors”) are accused of committing crimes. Of course, … Read The Rest

Understanding The Juvenile Mind: Defending Kids

Why Juvenile Crimes Are Different Defending Juveniles in Court in Colorado Means Understanding Them First Anyone who has worked in the field of juvenile justice for a significant period of time knows that teenagers are less blameworthy than adults, and that their capacities change significantly over the course of adolescence. Researchers from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network recognized that legal sanctions for misbehavior should not be based only on the harm a youth causes, but … Read The Rest

Juvenile Cases

Juvenile Cases: When a Young Person Is Charged With a Crime A Look at What Happens in Juvenile Court “Juvenile justice” is an umbrella term for the special procedures set up by every state to deal with young people whose cases belong in juvenile court. Juvenile courts handle most of the cases in which young people (usually called juveniles” or “minors”) are accused of committing crimes. Of course, the treatment of juveniles differs from state … Read The Rest

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence By H. Michael Steinberg, Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer If the police or the district attorney’s office labels your case a “domestic violence” or “special victims” case, then your case takes on layers of difficulty not associated with other cases in the system (even compared with cases of seemingly greater violence). The real reason these cases take on extra layers of difficulty is a simple, basic motivation for human behavior: fear.  Every agency that … Read The Rest