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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Do i need a lawyer everytime iam in front of the judge
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 28, 2020

The quick answer is no - depending on the case the judge will always give you an opportunity to locate and retain a lawyer or to apply for a public defender (free court appointed lawyer) if you qualify. Colorado judges are well known for their compassion and understanding and their patience,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: What do i need to if i get called by a detective in a case about myself?
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 24, 2020

This is a question that is asked often - NEVER EVER EVER call the Detective back without consulting with a criminal defense lawyer. If the officer reaches you - tell him or her you want a lawyer and will have the lawyer call that officer back after you have had a consultation. Don't even ask... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it criminal impersonation when its your own name just not in the right order
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 23, 2020

I agree - if you intentionally reverse your names with the intent to fool law enforcement and to gain an advantage - e.g. escape a ticket - it could be charged as criminal impersonation. Tough to prove though on the part of the prosecutor so "probably" won't be filed. Other issues... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Colorado on
Q: Can I get a Colorado ID if I have a bench warrant? Will the DMV check for warrants?

I believe the warrant is for not completing probation for a DUI.

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 17, 2020

The quick answer is yes.. It is my understanding that the DMV is hooked into the state warrant system and will deny driver's licenses and ID cards to individuals with existing warrants. Also, be careful - you could be arrested at the DMV if you personally appear and they learn of the existing... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: What Happens If I was court order to have fingerprints done within 14 days but I didn’t not make it in that time period?

I didn’t receive this court order until October 19 but it was ordered on October 08 and I went to the police station and the lady notified me I only had 14 days -and not one more day (which is how it states in the order) from the day it was signed but it was already the 23rd (a day late)

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Oct 25, 2020

It does not matter. Given the effect of the Pandemic on the Colorado court system - the Judge will have no problem as long as they are done and filed with the court. Don't worry - this is very common. Best

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: i had demestic violance charg in 2007 did not get to court till 2020 what year law do i fall under
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Oct 5, 2020

The law in effect at the time of your alleged crime. There may - however - be an argument that if the law changed and is now more lenient - you should fall under the revised law. This issue is very fact-specific. Best H

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: A police officer was called out on a complaint, turned out to be civil. He performed a NCIC on the spot.

Found an outstanding warrant for me in FL. He threatened to arrest me if we returned to the property. This left us homeless, immediately, literally, and we lost most of our possessions that were left after moving due to COVID. We are now destitute. Was this legal for this officer to do this to me?

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Aug 27, 2020

I am very sorry for your situation but the short answer is yes - if the question is can the officer ran a criminal history on someone he legally contacts. If the warrant was out of state and a felony - he most likely would have arrested you and held you for extradition. Most often - when the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: I'm having an interstate compact transfer filed CO-FL. Deferred sentence on felony drug case with no priors. Early term?
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jul 12, 2020

Deferred Judgments and Sentence agreements are for exact periods of time. They are like contracts - the length of which all parties must agree. If you are seeking early termination of a DJ and S - the prosecuting attorney and the judge on the case must all agree to the change in the length of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: How do I find out about felony convictions?? (Court records, transcripts, verdict, appeal info, etc.)?
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jul 12, 2020

Try this website for some of those things - www.cocourts.com

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Would the Romeo and Juliet law protect someone if the age gap was 16 and 19?
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jul 12, 2020

If the question is pursuant to Colorado law - the answer is yes. A 16 year old and a 19 year old can have consensual sex. Trying not to be an old fogie - but having said that - There are many other issues the law does not address - it might be something you want to carefully consider first for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Can the DA use old non convicted cases against me in court on a new case?

Also curious as to if its legal for my attorney to speak with the da about things I said to him in confidence and reasons as to why my paid attorney would be working against me?

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jun 13, 2020

The answer to the first question depends on whether the old cases are relevant and admissible at trial. In most instances the hurdles to admitting that kind of evidence are insurmountable.

As for the second question - if you tell your lawyer something you want kept confidential that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Colorado on
Q: can I reverse my plea of guilty

after sentencing (public defender) lack of representation

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 26, 2019

It is possible to withdraw your plea but it is difficult and requires the filing of a motion and a hearing.

There are different legal standards if the motion precedes or follows sentencing.

They are complex standards and do not lend well to this kind of question answer format....
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: If we are not legally required in Colorado to speak to police/open the door, how can a warrant be issued

In Colorado from my understanding we are not legally required to open the door if the police knock nor do we legally have to speak to them without a warrant. So how can they issue warrants for failing to do so, or at all until they speak with you? Shouldnt theu issue a summons for questioning... Read more »

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Nov 11, 2019

You are conflating two different issues. Law enforcement has no obligation to question a suspect before requesting a warrant based upon evidence developed in an investigation.

Quite often the police will not question the target of that Investigstion for a variety of reasons and while you...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Colorado on
Q: Can I be pulled over for having a quarter sized hole in my tail light?
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Oct 12, 2019

In my opinion yes. The traffic offense is called “defective vehicle” and it can be the basis for a traffic stop as a rear light cannot be broken.

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: is there any way to get out of going to court after you filed restraining orders?

i filed two restraining orders and got both granted however, now i have to go into court because the restrained people have a right to be heard. is there anyway that i could not be there for that? i suffer from major ptsd and i’m terrified of going to court and seeing both of the people there.

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Aug 9, 2019

If you want the temporary restraining orders to be made permanent you must appear and present your case. If you do not the restraining orders will dissolve. They will be dismissed. There is no alternative. You must present your case and be subject to cross examination. I am sorry.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Colorado on
Q: Is a penalty assessment a criminal violation

I have a deferred sentence and one of the conditions is no criminal violations. I recently got a penalty assessment for fishing without a license and have to pay $70. Will this effect my deferred sentence.

Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jun 6, 2019

It should not. Technically a penalty assessment is a civil - not a criminal - offense. You should be - will be - fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: How many days after your arrested is you right to A speedy trial in Colorado violated . . Exact days
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on May 12, 2019

None. The right to a speedy trial is not calculated at arrest. It is calculated after a plea of not guilty is entered at the first arraignment. It is six months after the plea of not guilty is entered.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: Is it a criminal charge for landlord shutting off my power
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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on May 8, 2019

No. This kind of thing is a civil case at worst. It is not a criminal act. I am sorry because it can have the same impact. H

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I change the venue of a criminal conviction after all punishments have been complete?

HB19-1263 which just passed in Denver, states a person may vacate their felony if they have less than 4 grams of a substance... well that is the case with me and I completed all the stipulations of the charge but my charge was in Arizona not Colorado. Can I move the case so that I can vacate it?... Read more »

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Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on May 5, 2019

I am sorry to say that this is not legally possible. Colorado and Arizona are completely different states - "sovereigns" and Colorado law cannot be applied to Arizona convictions and vice versa. If this was a Colorado conviction and the case was transferred for probation supervision as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Can an 18 year old date a 17 year old?
Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on May 4, 2019

The simple answer is yes. There is no law in Colorado to prevent this situation.

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