Lakewood police and prosecutors are notorious for taking an aggressive approach to all types of crime. A conviction for even a misdemeanor offense can have lifelong consequences regarding your ability to find a job, get into school, or rent an apartment. If you face criminal charges, you need a Lakewood criminal defense attorney ready to stand up for your rights.
At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we aggressively represent clients charged with all types of crimes. Our firm is committed to protecting our clients’ rights at every stage of the proceeding. From the moment you bring us on to your case, we will fight for you at every stage in the process. Attorneys Gerash, Steiner, and Blanton are proud to carry on the legacy of legendary criminal defense attorney Walter L. Gerash. Not only are we proud to carry on Mr. Gerash’s stellar legacy, but our lawyers are currently recognized as exceptional advocates by many attorney-rating services—including Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell.
Types of Lakewood Criminal Cases We Handle
Facing the government’s seemingly infinite power and resources in a criminal case is a stressful and sometimes overwhelming experience. The Lakewood criminal attorneys at Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we will proudly stand by your side, defending your name, freedom, and future, regardless of the charges. With more than three decades of experience handling criminal cases, we’ve seen just about every type of case. Some of the most common cases we handle include the following.
Driving under the influence cases have a reputation for being tough cases to beat. However, if you face charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), you should not give up hope. There are defenses to these crimes. For example, in many cases, you can argue that the arresting officer lacked probable cause to pull you over or that the lab-made an error in processing a chemical test.
Although Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana, all other street drugs remain illegal to buy, sell, or possess. This includes crack, cocaine, PCP, heroin, and fentanyl. In fact, some argue that the legalization of marijuana enables law enforcement to concentrate on more serious Lakewood drug charges.
Colorado is a gun-friendly state. However, those convicted of a Lakewood gun crime face serious consequences that often include jail time. And, given the recent increase in gang-related killings and mass shootings, prosecutors are taking Lakewood gun crimes especially seriously.
Felony offenses are those that are punishable by a jail sentence of one year or more. In addition to carrying significant incarceration sentences, felony crimes carry many other consequences, including losing your right to own a gun. A conviction for a felony can also make it much harder to get a job, rent a home, or get into school.
In Colorado, there is a separate legal system in place for dealing with juvenile offenses. In theory, the focus of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitating the youthful offender. However, in reality, prosecutors still try to get their pound of flesh, even from children accused of committing a crime. And, under state law, even young children who are charged with a violent crime or sex offense can be tried as an adult.
Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence involves certain crimes between spouses or those involved in an “intimate” relationship. This includes spouses, former spouses, co-parents, and significant others. Colorado is a “mandatory arrest” state when it comes to domestic violence offenses. This means that if your partner calls 911 and claims that you assaulted them, police officers must arrest you—even if your accuser later admits to exaggerating or making up the charges.
Sex crimes are among the most serious criminal charges. However, not every sex case involves penetration. In fact, many involve a single incident of inappropriate touching. Possession of child pornography is also classified as a sex offense. Not only do most Lakewood sex crime convictions carry long terms of incarceration, but they also require you to register as a sex offender for years or decades into the future.
Theft is the intentional taking of another person’s property. Lakewood theft offenses range in seriousness. On one end of the spectrum, petty theft (less than $50) carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a fine of $500. On the other end of the spectrum, felony theft of over $1 million carries a maximum punishment of 24 years in prison.
White-collar crime is a specific type of theft involving fraud or intentionally making false statements. Embezzlement, identity theft, check fraud, credit card fraud, and forgery are all common white-collar crimes. These cases are often exceptionally complex and require a Lakewood criminal attorney with specific experience handling white-collar criminal cases.
Assault and Battery
Prosecutors take allegations of violent crime, including assault and battery offenses, very seriously. While many use these terms interchangeably, there is a difference. An assault involves causing another physical injury or attempting to do so. More commonly referred to as “menacing” in Colorado, Battery involves putting another in fear of immediate bodily injury.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you face Lakewood criminal charges, you must have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we have over six decades of experience defending clients’ rights charged with crimes. We have recovered over $100,000,000 on behalf of our clients. Whether it is your first arrest or you’ve been through the system several times before, we have the knowledge, skill, and dedication necessary to create a compelling defense. Our firm’s founder, Dan Gerash, served as a public defender for many years before entering private practice. As a public defender, he tried countless cases, giving him invaluable courtroom experience that many other local criminal defense attorneys lack. We put this wealth of experience to use for all of our clients. To schedule a free consultation, call us today!
Our experienced legal team handles other types of cases as well, including: