Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions
Overcoming criminal charges is often a daunting task, especially if it feels like the system works against you. At Zuckerman Law, our goal is to represent you with compassion and dedication. We will answer your questions in a way that helps you clearly understand your options to move forward.
Do juveniles need a criminal defense lawyer?
Many people believe that juvenile charges are less serious simply because the potential sentencing is usually lighter than adult criminal penalties. However, this is not necessarily true because juvenile criminal penalties can still be highly serious. In fact, juveniles could potentially face adult penalties depending on the facts of the case.
Children and teens often face high stakes in criminal cases. From jail time to school suspension or expulsion, there is a range of consequences that can affect their lives. Even a minor conviction on their record could affect any run-ins with the law in the future.
Therefore, working with a lawyer to give your child the best chances of a successful defense is often the right decision. An attorney can help you evaluate any alternative options, such as counseling or community service. However, it is also important to make sure that the lawyer you choose already has experience with the sensitive nature of juvenile cases.
Marijuana is legal in Colorado. Can I still be charged with a drug crime?
While medical and recreational marijuana is “legal,” there are still a few laws to keep in mind when purchasing, selling or possessing it, including:
- You can only buy and possess up to a certain amount. The general limit is up to one ounce or six self-grown plants, but there are other specific requirements regarding THC content.
- You must be 21 years old to buy, possess or use marijuana.
- You cannot use marijuana in a public place or on federal property, such as national parks.
- You cannot drive while impaired due to marijuana.
There are several other laws related to marijuana business licensing and manufacturing, marijuana tax violations, pregnancy and more. Whether you are a Colorado resident or an out-of-state visitor, be aware of all laws before purchasing or using marijuana in the state. Failure to follow these laws could result in criminal drug charges.
I’ve been falsely accused of a sex crime. Do I need an attorney?
Attempting to defend yourself against sex crime charges can easily backfire. Not only can a qualified defense lawyer assess your best possible defense strategies, but they can also help you avoid the common pitfalls of an emotionally charged situation.
Your attorney can carefully evaluate evidence and craft a defense argument that clearly conveys your side of the story to the court. They can also communicate on your behalf in a way that helps you avoid self-incrimination – regardless of whether the accusations against you lack merit.
What happens when people violate a restraining order?
Colorado courts take restraining orders seriously. Police can arrest you for violating an order, which is a misdemeanor crime if the court convicts you. Potential penalties may include a significant fine and over a year in jail.
If you become subject to a restraining order, it is important to fully understand the limitations that you need to follow. Each protective order contains specific language. Your attorney can answer your questions about the situations that might apply to your case. For example, if you did not receive a copy of the order, and you unknowingly violated it, your lawyer can work to protect you against penalties.
What is considered harassment in Colorado?
Harassment can happen in a variety of ways, including:
- Stalking in person or online
- Sending frequent unsolicited and unwanted digital messages
- Harassing or frequent phone calls
- Bullying through insults, obscene language or threats
- Committing physical assault
- Showing up at a person’s home, school or workplace unannounced or unwanted
Harassment defense cases can be challenging. For example, showing up at an acquaintance’s door with flowers the day after you went on a date might not necessarily mean that you harassed them. Intent and other factors matter, too. Your attorney can advocate for you.