If you were charged with a criminal violation, you might wonder what kind of criminal penalties you are facing. Depending on the charged crime, you could lose a lot of your personal freedoms if you are convicted. With so much at stake, it is vital that you consult with a Boulder criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and prepare a strategy for your case. Some of our criminal defense practice areas are described below, but the list is non-exhaustive. 

Domestic Violence

In Colorado, domestic violence acts as a sentencing enhancement that increases the potential criminal penalties the defendant is facing. The prosecution can add the domestic violence enhancement to any other crime, as long as the victim is a current or former intimate partner of the defendant. Crimes commonly charged with a domestic violence enhancement include:

  • Menacing,
  • Stalking,
  • Criminal harassment,
  • Assault, and
  • Child abuse.

If you receive a criminal charge with a domestic violence enhancement, you will be subject to a mandatory protection order until your case is complete. A mandatory protection order restricts the rights of criminal defendants by prohibiting contact with the alleged victim and potentially any children that were present during the alleged crime.

If you have domestic violence charges against you, there is no time to waste. Contact an experienced Boulder criminal attorney to review your case today.

Drug Charges

Drug charges in Colorado can range from minor possession charges to drug distribution and trafficking. Our Boulder criminal lawyers have experience defending all types of drug cases and seeking the best possible result for our clients. Drug charges can lead to not only criminal penalties, but other consequences including the inability to find housing, loss of employment opportunities, and mandatory participation in a drug program. If you were charged with any crime involving illegal drugs, contact a Boulder defense attorney to review your case and determine what steps you can take next.

DUI / DUID

Colorado imposes strict penalties on those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A first offense DUI carries potential penalties of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, the court can revoke your license for up to nine months. These penalties increase every time you receive another DUI conviction within five years.

Many defendants charged with DUI do not know what steps to take next. By hiring a Boulder criminal defense lawyer, we can help you navigate the complicated criminal justice system and fight to ensure the DUI charge does not derail your life. When your freedom is at stake, you have to act quickly. Contact a Boulder criminal defense attorney at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C., as soon as possible.

Juvenile Crimes

Colorado considers juvenile crimes as offenses that are committed by a minor between the ages of 10 and 18. Juvenile crimes commonly charged in Colorado include:

  • Minor in possession of alcohol;
  • Violation of curfew;
  • Disturbing the peace;
  • Forgery; and
  • Sex crimes.

Juveniles can commit the same crimes that adults can. However, in a majority of cases, juveniles are processed through the Colorado juvenile court system rather than the customary court system used for adults. Colorado’s juvenile court system aims to be rehabilitative rather than punitive. However, depending on the severity of the crime, juveniles can still face significant criminal penalties if they are convicted.

A juvenile criminal record can have serious implications on your child’s future. Our Boulder criminal defense attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C., know how serious these charges are and will ensure that your child is treated as innocent until proven guilty. We are committed to securing the necessary resources for your child to get them back on track, whether that involves a treatment program or other type of help. If your child is facing juvenile charges, reach out to us today to discuss your needs.

Sex Crimes

In many cases, sex crimes cause people to experience increased outrage at the defendant based on the severity and audacity of the alleged crime. The negative stigma associated with sex crimes can lead to hostility from the prosecutor, the judge, and even the jury. If you received charges for a sex crime, it is critical that you hire a legal practitioner to represent you as soon as possible.

Some law firms refuse to represent defendants charged with sex crimes. At Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C., that is not the case. We believe every criminal defendant deserves a quality legal defense, including those accused of sex crimes. We have successfully handled many cases involving sex crimes charges, including:

  • Molestation,
  • Sexual assault,
  • Indecent exposure,
  • Rape,
  • Prostitution, and
  • Internet sex crimes.

Something as simple as a rumor that you committed a sex crime can result in termination from your employment and a strain on your personal relationships. Contact a Boulder criminal defense lawyer today to determine what steps you should take next.

Theft Crimes

Theft, also referred to as larceny, involves the unlawful taking or use of property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of possession of the property. The severity of a theft charge typically depends on the value of the item taken. Petty theft arises when the item stolen is valued at less than $50 and can result in up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine. Theft becomes a class 2 felony when the property stolen is valued at more than one million dollars. A class 2 felony carries a maximum penalty of up to 24 years in prison and one million dollars in fines.

How Can a Boulder Criminal Defense Lawyer Help My Case?

Our Boulder criminal defense attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C., have the knowledge and experience necessary to represent you against any criminal accusations. Attorney Daniel P. Gerash has over 30 years of experience representing criminal defendants in local Colorado communities at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Mr. Gerash has represented criminal defendants against a wide array of criminal accusations from minor assault charges to first-degree murder. Mr. Gerash holds membership with the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, just to name a few. He has also earned an AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, achieving the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. We stand by ready to help you! We also handle injury cases. Contact our office today to start your free consultation.