Knowledgeable Aspen Criminal Defense Attorney Ready To Serve You
The criminal justice system can be complex and frightening, and no one should ever have to face charges alone. It is important to remember that, as a defendant, you have rights, and your attorney’s job is to protect those rights and aggressively fight for your future. The Aspen criminal defense lawyer you choose to represent you can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Likewise, if you have been injured through someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury legal practitioner protecting your interests. Insurance companies are in business for profit and are primarily protecting their own bottom line. Your lawyer for personal injury can help ensure that responsible parties are held accountable, and fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive.
Why Hire Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C.?
At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we have focused our practice exclusively on criminal defense and personal injury matters, resulting in a large knowledge base in those professional areas. Mr. Rubinstein is always available to his clients and will always give your case his full, personalized attention. He genuinely cares about his clients’ legal concerns and will work hard to protect their rights and interests.
With 25 years of professional experience in the mountain communities of Colorado, Mark Rubinstein personally works through all of his cases instead of using paralegals or associates as some legal teams do. His former practice in a large insurance defense firm has given him a distinct advantage in personal injury matters. For more than 4 years, he worked within the Denver Drug Court Project, a court devoted 100% to drug offense cases, which makes him uniquely qualified as a drug defense lawyer.
Areas of Practice
Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. is a practice dedicated to helping Colorado people arrested or charged in criminal matters or suffering injuries caused by others. We defend clients in a range of criminal charges.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law in every state. However, each state creates its own laws defining what constitutes an offense. Colorado has two separate but related crimes pertaining to driving under the influence.
The first is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or DUI. Prosecutors will seek a DUI conviction if you are found to have a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater or more than five nanograms of THC in your system.
The second offense is referred to as driving while ability impaired, or DWAI. A DWAI charge may come about if you have a blood alcohol content of more than .05 but less than .08. You may also face DWAI charges if police were unable to obtain chemical test results but still believe you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Generally, a DWAI conviction is less serious than a DUI conviction; however, either will impact your life.
An Aspen DUI conviction can have serious consequences, both in the present and the future, including fines and license suspension or revocation, and a criminal record that can affect your employment prospects in the future. A DUI conviction can also result in your incarceration, especially for those who have a prior DUI or DWAI conviction.
While Colorado was at the forefront of the movement to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, Colorado drug laws strictly prohibit the possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and cultivation of all other narcotics. Even in the case of marijuana, Colorado residents are permitted to purchase only up to one ounce of marijuana at a time and must be 21 years old to do so. The result is that there are still a large number of drug arrests across the state, and Aspen is no exception.
Even if it is your first offense, a Colorado drug conviction can dramatically alter the course of your life. For example, you may face thousands in costs and fines, be placed on probation, and even face the possibility of incarceration. If you face Aspen drug charges, you need and deserve the best possible defense.
Attorney Mark S. Rubinstein spent four years working in the Denver Drug Court Project, where he handled all types of drug charges, ranging from first-time offenses to serious allegations of drug-trafficking. At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we possess the knowledge, dedication, and skill to provide every client we serve with effective and aggressive representation against drug possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and cultivation charges.
Domestic Violence Allegations
Allegations of domestic violence are some of the most serious criminal charges. While these charges often involve disputes among spouses, they can also be brought between romantic partners, former spouses, or parents who share a child. These charges can include accusations of harassment, stalking, threats, child abuse, assault, and sex crimes, such as rape. Regardless of the specific crime charged, if you were in a close relationship with the alleged victim, the courts will consider it a domestic violence case.
Frequently, Aspen domestic violence cases proceed on thin evidence. Many of these cases are essentially a “he said, she said” where the case depends on which party is more credible. On one hand, this opens the door to many defenses. However, if you face Colorado domestic abuse allegations, it is crucial you work with a legal practitioner with extensive experience handling these particular cases. For example, cross-examining an alleged victim of domestic abuse requires a nuanced strategy. In some situations, directly attacking a witness’s credibility is appropriate; however, a more delicate approach is necessary in other cases. Attorney Mark S. Rubinstein has handled all types of Aspen domestic violence cases for more than two decades and will work with you to develop a strong defense to whatever charges you face.
Other Types of Offenses
At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we also defend clients against numerous other types of charges, including:
- Traffic offenses: This includes habitual traffic offenders, driving under revocation or suspension, failure to report an accident, reckless or careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and eluding a police officer.
- Assault and battery: These charges are serious and require serious defense. Our experienced Aspen criminal defense attorney handles first, second, and third-degree assault charges, as well as charges of battery.
- Fraud and embezzlement: Not only do charges of fraud or embezzlement carry serious criminal penalties, including jail time and restitution, but they can also ruin your professional reputation. Mark Rubinstein can provide dedicated defense against these serious charges.
- Burglary and theft: Theft offenses, including shoplifting, can be charged as felonies, depending on the value of the property alleged to have been stolen. At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we have more than two decades of theft defense experience.
Although these are common types of charges we see, you can call us for help with any type of criminal charge you may face.
We are also committed to helping injured Aspen and Pitkin County residents recover the compensation they need and deserve after serious injuries caused by the negligence of others. Personal injury matters we handle include:
- Automobile accidents: Traffic crashes are a fact of life. According to Colorado State Patrol statistics, there were 2,388 fatal and injury crashes statewide between January 1 and August 31 in 2015.
- Motorcycle accidents: Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers. Riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and can be seriously injured in a traffic crash.
- Bicycle accidents: As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) although bicyclists account for only 1% of all trips taken in the nation, they face a higher risk of injury or death in a traffic accident than occupants of motor vehicles.
- Pedestrian accidents: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average in the U.S., 13 pedestrians were killed and 181 were injured every day in a recent year.
- Defective products: Product and manufacturing defects can result in serious injury or wrongful death for consumers who use those products.
- Premises liability accidents: Property owners have a duty to maintain their property reasonably free of hazards, and when they fail to do so, they may be held accountable for the harm that results.
Legal Help in Aspen and Pitkin County, CO
If you have been charged with a crime or suffered serious personal injury in Aspen or anywhere in Pitkin County, you will find an experienced and dedicated legal advocate at the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., with unique qualifications in the practice areas of personal injury and criminal defense. Mark Rubinstein can provide high quality representation in your case from beginning to end — from negotiations through to trial or appeal.
Do not face criminal charges or deal with serious personal injury on your own. Contact our lawyer for the legal help you need. If you are unable to come to our offices, Mr. Rubinstein can arrange to travel to your location.
Our Pitkin County Office in Aspen, Colorado
The City of Aspen was originally a mining camp in the Colorado Silver Boom days. It took its name from the abundance of aspen trees in the area. Aspen’s population grew to 12,000 in the 1890s. Although its population and prosperity declined after the silver bust of the early 1900s, the city’s fortunes reversed in the 1940s when Aspen Mountain became a ski resort.
With an estimated population of 6,804 in 2014, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, Aspen is home to a number of movie stars, musicians, and corporate executives, and property values are high. With the Aspen Skiing Company’s four ski areas and outdoor recreation in the White River National Forest, it continues to be a popular destination for tourists in both summer and winter.
Aspen/Roaring Fork Valley/Pitkin County Office
0133 Prospector Rd #4102Y
Aspen, CO 81611
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