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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 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 Federal Crimes and Immigration Law for Colorado on

Q: Is reckless endangerment misdemeanor class 3 a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude?

Kelli Y Allen answered on Mar 12, 2019

You would need to take a copy of the judgment to an immigration attorney for a full analysis, The wording of the specific statute under which you were convicted is important in making this determination.

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Q: I was told I need a criminal lawyer for my case that involves a immigration criminal charge or charges is this correct

I'm not sure if I need a immigration defense lawyer or what type of criminal lawyer I need?

Kelli Y Allen answered on Feb 24, 2019

You need a criminal defense attorney to handle the criminal charge. You will need an immigration attorney to represent you in removal proceedings if you are referred to immigration court. Your criminal defense attorney should consult with the immigration attorney to discuss immigration... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Colorado on

Q: Can the police illegally enter my home and take my husband's 2 service animals and sell them through the Humane Society?

They are licensed in his name and we were both illegally incarcerated when this was done. The police came in unannounced and attacked my disabled husband with complete disregard for repeated statements about his medical conditions. We were refused medical treatment on video by the officer who... Read more »

Juliet Piccone answered on Jan 29, 2019

This is not the type of question that can be answered without more information. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney who handles these matters on a regular basis. In general, when a disabled person is incarcerated the police can impound service dogs unless the disabled person's... Read more »

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Q: What kind of time would one be looking at being charged with receiving stolen property in South Dakota?

Courtney Edwards answered on Jan 15, 2019

You should change the geographical location for this question so that a South Dakota lawyer sees it. Right now, it is popping up in the Colorado section.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Colorado on

Q: Is it unlawful to tell somebody in by way of publication, I will sqeeze it out of you...

In a online smear campaign this guy says I owe him money and he will sqeeze it out of me and he knows where I live and he will get me. Is this criminal harrassment or criminal threat?

John Kenneth Joyner answered on Oct 27, 2018

If you feel you are being threatened you can contact local law enforcement and let them decide if there is probable cause to charge the person with a crime.

You can also make a copy of the threats and take them down to the courthouse to request a temporary protection order. You can then...
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Q: If you accepted a deferred judgement can you go back to courts after half your time to remove felony for jobs apps

Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Aug 24, 2018

The short answer is no. A deferred judgement is like a contract approved by the Judge. To modify the contract - such as shorten the term - the DA has to consent. The judge has no power to shorten the term without the consent of the DA.

Sometimes the DA will consent. Depends on the...
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Q: An acquaintance let me borrow a car. While in my possession it was towed. Now says she'll report it stolen. Am I trouble

she let me borrow the car when I was down and out I was from Colorado on my way up to Montana and got stranded in Wyoming where she is from I didn't know her very well but she let me come to her house with her and her two kids and let me borrow the car she said as long as I need it I was going to... Read more »

Mr. H. Michael Steinberg answered on Jul 31, 2018

It is possible the police will go with her story and come after you. My recommendation is to retain a lawyer and get ahead of this before you leave the state. Many will bury their heads in the sand and make th assumption it will all just go away. But her report that you took her are without... Read more »

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Q: Im a previous offender I came home and my roommates had guns in my livingroom i looked at them and touched them

They said they would take them somewhere else but instead hid them under the bed and put one in my dresser and now im being charged with posession of the fire arms by a previous offender

Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Oct 19, 2017

Be careful posting things online because it could be used against you in court. That being said, if the guns were in your “control” (and “control” is defined pretty loosely), then the barge could be upheld and you found guilty. If the guns were not in your control, then you have a good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Colorado on

Q: If the D.A. drops aDomestic violence charge against you will the restraining order also be dropped

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jul 31, 2017

Automatic protection orders are removed when a DV case is closed. The closure can occur via conviction, dropping of charges or substituting non-DV charges in a plea deal. If the protection order was separately claimed or modified by a court, the closing of a DV case may not remove the protection... Read more »

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Q: Hello, I just had a simple question. I was convicted of Reckless Endangerment (m3), can I own firearms with this charge?

This is the only charge on my record, my probation is 100% complete, my fines are 100% paid and everything involving the court is done and gone. Will this make me unable to own firearms?

Russell Hebets answered on Jul 5, 2017

There is no restriction on owning firearms with a misdemeanor conviction, so long as the case has been closed.

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Q: We owe federal taxes but can't pay - will we go to jail?

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jun 17, 2017

It is possible, but unlikely unless the taxpayers knowing and fraudulently altered their tax liability for large sums of money. Be aware the IRS can establish a payment plan.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Colorado on

Q: I live in Co; my ex lives in SD. I have reason to believe he has accessed my email account w/o my consent. Criminal?

He sent a screencap of my inbox in an email message. I am trying to get him to say what his purpose is.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 15, 2017

Depending on the circumstances it may be criminal. If the email was sent in a threatening manner, this may also be separate criminal matter. You will need to contact your local police if you feel a crime has occurred. Also, make sure to change all your passwords to your online accounts (esp. if the... Read more »

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Q: My brother is Being charged for Armed robbery two counts and failure to appear (adams county) warrant issued in 2007

should the charges be dropped? under the statue of limitations? (he fled to mexico back in 2007) was later locked up in mexico for other crimes and was recently transferred to Colorado

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Nov 30, 2016

Contact a criminal defense lawyer. As a general rule, a felony (excusing treason, sexual assault, and murder) have a 3 year statute of limitations. If the person has left the state it is possible to extend the limitations by a maximum of 5 years. For a failure to appear the statute of limitations... Read more »

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Q: If someone is picked up for a parole violation and there are charges pending do they still have the right to an attorney

facing felon with a hand gun brandishing also have ? about exseive force after cuffed

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Sep 10, 2016

The general rule is that you qualify for a public defender if the potential prison sentence is greater than 1 year (there are some exceptions to this rule). As for the parole violations, most offenders qualify for a public defender for the hearing (check with the PD office to be sure). Note, a... Read more »

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Q: Can a person be charged for a stolen item that had been pawned on the same pawn ticket and the other items be legal.

If the 3 rules verification of a transaction Pawnbrokers Act apply to one item on a pawn transaction ticket that has multiple items are listed do the quest ions asked apply to just one or all items.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Aug 13, 2016

As a general rule, the verification applies to all items that were pawned. The facts and circumstances of the case may change the general rule.

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