Denver Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys Will Fight For You
Violent crimes, crimes that involve purposely causing harm to another person, can carry much harsher penalties than other crimes. A conviction for a violent crime can have serious repercussions, not just with regard to possible jail time, but to all areas of your life, including employment and reputation.
A fight against a criminal charge for a violent crime is likely going to be a fight for your freedom. Do not go into this battle unprepared. Contact the Denver violent crimes defense attorney at Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., today to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.
What is a violent crime?
A violent crime requires: 1) an intent to cause harm to someone else, and 2) the actual commission of that harm. In order to be convicted of a violent crime, prosecutors will have the burden of proving that you have committed a violent crime based on these two requirements.
Some common examples of violent crimes include:
- Armed robbery, aggravated assault, and battery
- Bank robbery
- Murder, homicide, and manslaughter
- Domestic abuse, assault, violence
- Weapons charges
- Kidnapping and stalking
- Sexual assault
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could face state or federal criminal charges. The type of charges filed against you will control whether your case goes to state court or federal court. Our team of Denver violent crimes defense attorneys at Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., have the experience that is necessary to defend you and protect your rights whether you are charged in state or federal court.
Consequences of Violent Crime Convictions
While some of the crimes that meet the definition of a violent crime are misdemeanors, with a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $1,000 fine, most are felonies. Felony violent crimes have serious consequences, including jail time that can run from one year to a life sentence without parole.
Felony convictions can also result in the following:
- Loss of the right to vote
- Loss of the right to possess firearms
- Inability to run for public office
- Difficulty in obtaining professional licenses and employment
Attempting to make a deal or fight felony charges on your own can lead to disaster for you and your family. Do not take that chance. Attorney Daniel Gerash and our defense team have decades of collective legal experience in defending clients against criminal charges. We can conduct a thorough investigation into the accusations against you, identify any defenses that may be of benefit and aggressively litigate your case at trial.
Potential Defenses to Violent Crime Charges
In some cases, a valid legal defense can help convince the prosecutor to lower your charges or dismiss them altogether. However, many criminal defendants do not understand how to defend against these charges, nor do they know which legal defenses apply to the facts of their case. The serious crimes attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton can explain what defenses could apply in your case. Potential defenses include:
- Self defense;
- Defense of others;
- Violation of your constitutional rights at the time of your arrest;
- A valid alibi; or
- False allegations gave rise to the charges.
It’s worth noting that a violation of your rights during your arrest may or may not exonerate you. More than likely, a violation of your rights might result in the judge granting your motion to exclude evidence—which could then leave the prosecution without enough evidence to convict you. But remember, a valid legal defense doesn’t apply in every criminal case. Our defense attorneys can review the circumstances of your case and help determine if you have a valid legal defense.
Charged with a felony violent crime? Contact our Denver Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer.
Violent crimes are extremely serious; your freedom is on the line. Do not leave your legal defense – and your freedom – to just anyone. Contact our Denver criminal defense firm immediately. Leveraging years of experience in all levels of state and federal courts, we know how to implement an aggressive and effective defense strategy to protect your best interests.
At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we fight to win for our clients. If you have been charged, wrongfully arrested, or accused of a violent crime anywhere in Denver or other surrounding areas in Colorado, take action with our firm today.
Frequently Asked Questions
We frequently receive questions from defendants facing Denver violent crimes charges. Our attorneys have prepared answers for these commonly asked questions.
What sets Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., apart from other violent crimes lawyers?
We carry on a decades-old Colorado tradition of providing a strong voice for individuals facing criminal charges, upholding the legacy of now-retired Colorado legal icon Walter L. Gerash. His son and current managing partner of our firm, Daniel P. Gerash, is a former public defender who has represented dozens of clients facing charges for violent crimes. Additionally, Mr. Gerash holds membership with the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has also earned an AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, achieving the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Do I really need a lawyer for my Denver violent crimes defense case?
While you may not legally be required to have a lawyer assist with your criminal defense case, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t engage one. The United States criminal justice system can be very confusing. This is especially true for those who are unfamiliar with the system and how it works. Thus, when charged with a serious crime, it’s generally recommended to at least consult with our team so you can better protect your rights.
How can a Denver violent crimes attorney help me?
There are many ways that having a Denver violent crimes lawyer can benefit your case. An experienced defense lawyer can help you:
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case;
- Negotiate potential plea bargains with the prosecutor; and
- Prepare your case for trial in the event a plea isn’t right for you.
Our experienced legal team also handles other types of criminal charges cases, including:
- Drug Charges
- DUI / DUID
- Felony Crimes
- Juvenile Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Theft Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- White Collar Crimes
In short, having a lawyer is one of the best things you can do for yourself when charged with a crime.