Criminal Defense

Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal charges can threaten your freedom and future. Whenever you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, you need strong defense representation to protect your rights and fight the charges. You need a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer at Shimon Kohn, P.C.

As dedicated advocates for the accused, the attorneys at Shimon Kohn, P.C. have extensive experience defending clients against a range of criminal charges. We know how to build and present the strongest possible defense at every phase of a criminal case, and we will use our skills, resources and insight to:

  • Aggressively defend you from arraignment to the final outcome
  • Discredit prosecutors’ arguments and evidence
  • Position your case for the best resolution possible.

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Important Advice Regarding Your Rights & Defense Options

The strength of your defense can rest on the next steps you take. Instead of trying to fight criminal charges on your own, make sure you have one of our experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers in your corner.

We welcome your calls and emails whenever you are ready to get more answers regarding your case and defense options. Until then, we encourage you to dive into the rest of this page (and site) for more details about our criminal defense practice and experience

 

DRUG CRIMES

Possession – With these types of drug charges, determining whether police had a warrant or the right to search the accused (or the property of the accused) can be important for the defense case.

Marijuana crimes – Despite legalization in Colorado, there are still strict state and federal laws regarding the possession, sale, cultivation and distribution of marijuana and cannabis products.

Drug Distribution – When drug cases involve larger amounts of illicit drugs that are found with other items (like scales or packaging materials), drug distribution charges can come into play. These are among the most serious drug charges and, in some cases, may rise to the federal level.

 

FELONY DEFENSE

Arson – Illegally setting fire to someone else’s property can result in arson charges. The type of property and extent of the damage can impact the severity of charges filed. In the most serious cases, first-degree arson can trigger Class 3 felony charges.

Aggravated Robbery – Use of a deadly weapon to forcibly take something valuable from someone else can lead to these charges. Generally, they are Class 3 felonies, punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Felony Assault – These charges can be filed as Class 3 or Class 4 felonies, depending on whether the alleged assault resulted in permanent, disfiguring or life-threatening injuries.

Manslaughter – Heat of passion, provocation and/or misidentification of the accused are just some of the defense arguments that can be helpful in fighting manslaughter charges.

Felony Burglary – Although forcible entry is not necessary for felony burglary charges to come into play, proving intent to steal is. Depending on the facts of a case, these charges can range in severity from Class 2 to Class 5 felonies.

Murder/Homicide – As one of the most serious criminal offenses, murder can result in long prison terms (if not the death penalty). There are, however, various defense tactics that can be effective at fighting these charges.

Identity Theft – Usually filed as Class 4 felonies, identity theft charges can arise when someone is accused stealing and using another person’s sensitive or financial information. They can also be filed when someone allegedly possesses the “tools” of identity theft (like certain digital devices).

Felony Menacing – Use of a deadly weapon when allegedly threatening someone else’s safety can result in Class 5 felony menacing charges. With these charges, prosecutors do not have to prove intent to carry out the threat.

Motor Vehicle Theft – The value of the vehicle that was allegedly stolen, as well as whether a weapon was used in the act, will affect the severity of these charges and the associated penalties. Commonly, motor vehicle theft charges are filed as Class 4 felonies.

Robbery – While simple robbery is usually filed as a Class 4 felony, aggravated robbery (involving the use of a weapon) can be filed as a Class 3 felony. Harsher sentencing can apply if the alleged offense resulted in injuries.

Stalking – Unwanted surveillance and contact, coupled with threats against someone, can lead to felony stalking charges. These can be filed as Class 4 or 5 felonies, depending on the criminal history of the accused.

Theft – Allegedly stealing property worth at least $1,000 can trigger felony theft charges. This total can arise from multiple instances of theft, as well as from theft related to receiving stolen goods or failing to return rental property.

Gun Charges – Gun and weapons charges can be associated with severe penalties, particularly if these offenses are related to other serious crimes, like violent crimes. In the most serious cases, these charges can rise to the federal level.

Kidnapping – The age of the alleged victim(s), as well as whether any injury or harm was inflicted, can impact the severity of kidnapping charges. If a kidnapping involves the death of a victim, the death penalty can come into play.

 

MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES

Misdemeanor Assault – Also referred to as third-degree assault, these charges are typically filed as Class 1 extraordinary misdemeanors, which can be punishable by up to two years in prison.

Child Abuse – Alleged physical and/or emotional abuse, as well as neglect, of a child can be the basis of misdemeanor child abuse charges. The level of these charges will vary, according to the nature of the alleged abuse and associated injuries sustained by the child.

Domestic Violence – Physical contact or injury is not necessary for misdemeanor domestic violence charges to be filed in Colorado. Threats, however, can be sufficient grounds for these charges. When the accused has a history of domestic violence convictions, the charges can rise to the felony level.

Harassment – Usually filed a Class 3 misdemeanor, harassment charges can come into play when someone is accused of repeatedly contacting another party for the purposes of subjecting them to obscenities, threats and/or invasions of privacy.

  – Commonly filed with other charges, misdemeanor menacing charges are typically filed when someone is accused of threatening another person and creating a valid fear of serious and imminent bodily harm.

Restraining Order Violations – Failing to comply with any term of a restraining or protective order can lead to these misdemeanor charges. When the alleged violation is associated with another criminal case (like a domestic violence case or probation), additional criminal charges and penalties may come into play.

 

SEX OFFENSES

Sex Assault on a Child – Ranging from Class 2 to Class 4 felonies, these charges will vary according to whether threats or a pattern of abuse is involved. The relationship between the child and the accused can also be an important factor.

Sex Assault – Physical evidence and witness testimony are usually central to sex assault cases. Depending on the circumstances, these charges can range in severity, from Class 2 felonies to Class 1 misdemeanors.

Sexual Exploitation of a Child – Allegedly possessing or creating materials that sexually exploit children can trigger these sex offense charges, which may be filed as Class 3 to Class 6 felonies.

Unlawful Sexual Contact – The age of the alleged victim, as well as whether force was a factor, will impact whether charges of unlawful sexual contact are filed at the misdemeanor or felony level. In the most serious cases, these charges can be filed as Class 4 felonies.

 

JUVENILE DEFENSE

Juvenile Delinquency – These charges can be filed when minors allegedly commit theft or certain sexual offenses (for instance). Focusing on the need for rehabilitation, rather than punishment, can be an effective defense tactic in these cases.

Juveniles Charged As Adults – Though minors charged with (or convicted of) crimes usually go through the juvenile criminal justice system, they can face adult-level charges when the offense in question is especially egregious. A strong defense in these cases can make all the difference in the outcome of the case – and a child’s future.

 

Get Aggressive, Effective Defense Representation: Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer at Shimon Kohn, P.C.