Criminal Law

Criminal Law brings up some of the most controversial and exciting moments in law. I’ve been asked on many occasions what happens to the accused in a criminal case from start to finish?

Criminal Law

Recently I was a guest speaker at the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association annual meeting where I spoke about criminal law. This is an excerpt from the much longer lecture. But I go into some pretty good details about what happens to the accused in a criminal case from start to finish. I cover everything from the beginning police investigation all the way through arraignment and trial as well as all the criminal procedural in between. I hope you enjoy it.

What Happens to the Accused in a Criminal Case?

Criminal charges can bring vast amounts of stress in all areas of a person’s life, including one’s professional, financial and family life. We are always sympathetic to how a case might impact a person whether the case is resolved through a plea bargain or trial. This rule applies for all levels of criminal allegations.

We know the criminal justice system well and pride ourselves on the ability to present unique, original defenses for complex criminal matters. We will guide you where we have skill and provide insight on your case and counsel you on avoiding mistakes. We compliment you and are approachable on multiple issues regarding the law, your case and strategy to achieve your goals.

Understanding what you are able to accept as part of a plea bargain, or if you are able to plea bargain at all, is crucial to making the right choice in your case. We advise you through the maze of criminal law and provide insight and access to individuals that might be able to help your case. We do more than just read statutes and tell you what you can and cannot do. We take the time to help you understand your case and the benefits of trial or plea bargain.

We handle cases that include the following allegations:

 

  • Homicide
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual assault
  • First Amendment/Criminal Defense
  • Domestic violence
  • Obscenity
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Drunk driving offenses (DUI)
  • Drug offenses
  • Employee theft
  • Forgery
  • Securities violations
  • Computer fraud and internet crimes
  • Traffic violations such as speeding, hit and run, or reckless driving

Felonies

Criminal law categorizes crime into three basic levels – Felonies, Misdemeanors and Petty Offenses. Felonies make up the highest levels of severity. Each level has its own threshold of severity.Felonies carry between one year and life in prison, except for some murder convictions which carry the death penalty. Each is dealt with by the government in a different fashion.

We will help you evaluate your charges and lead you to a solution which best fits your objectives. We will provide you with insight on your case and counsel you to accomplishing your goals. We will compliment you and help evaluate your case and strategy to achieve a resolution that is best for you whether it is resolving the case through a plea bargain or going to trial.

Misdemeanors / Petty Offenses

Criminal law categorizes crime into three basic levels – Felonies, Misdemeanors and Petty Offenses. Misdemeanors and Petty Offenses make up the bottom an middle levels of severity with Misdemeanors being more serious than Petty Offenses. Each level has its own threshold of severity. Misdemeanors carry between six and twenty four months in jail while Petty Offenses carry a maximum of six months in jail. Each is dealt with by the government in a different fashion.

We will help you evaluate your charges and lead you to a solution which best fits your objectives. We will provide you with insight on your case and counsel you to accomplishing your goals. We will compliment you and help evaluate your case and strategy to achieve a resolution that is best for you whether it is resolving the case through a plea bargain or going to trial.

DUI

Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) are all alcohol / drug driving related violations. These charges are all punishable with possible jail sentences. We will help lead you to a solution and provide you with insight on your case and counsel you to accomplishing your goals. We will compliment you and help evaluate your case and strategy to achieve your goals.

Collateral consequences surround every DUI case. Such consequences include driver’s license suspension and motor vehicle hearings. We will advise you through every step of your case and provide you with understanding and access to people who might be able to help you with your case. We will help you understand the consequences of your case and how to best resolve them.

Having legal representation can drastically increase your chances of achieving your goals. We are highly experienced with DUI laws as well as court rules and procedures and can present a much more compelling case on your behalf.

Traffic

A traffic ticket may seem like just a nuisance. It may seem easier to pay the fine and move on than to go through the process of hiring a lawyer and fighting the ticket. The Contiguglia Law Firm, P.C. is equipped to deal with a variety of infractions, from minor infringements to serious moving violations and misdemeanors.

If you have been cited for a violation you believe to be the result of an error, or one in which you were at fault, you can fight speeding ticket, red-light camera and other citations by hiring our firm with the experience in defending these types of cases.

Most people are likely not familiar with the language and routines involved in traffic court proceedings. This puts anyone without an attorney at a distinct disadvantage, as the opposing party is probably a police officer that has been to traffic court on numerous occasions and knows how to present his or her case well.

Having legal representation can drastically increase your chances of achieving your goals. We are highly experienced with traffic laws as well as court rules and procedures and can present a much more compelling case on your behalf.

Regardless of how insignificant your citation may seem at the time, it is almost always worth your while in the long run to consult a lawyer about your case. An attorney well versed in traffic law can use knowledge of the statutes and legal processes to get tickets reduced and in some instances dismissed.

Unfortunately, even a “minor” traffic ticket can have a major impact on your driving record and your way of life. At Contiguglia Law Firm, P.C. we believe that drivers should not have to choose between convenience and their legal rights. We make it easy to fight a ticket and protect your driving privileges.

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