Man arrested due to criminal charges in Avon.A skilled and experienced Avon and Vail criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your legal issue. If you are facing criminal charges in Avon or Vail, CO, or anywhere in Eagle County, your future and freedom are at risk.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be dealing with medical expenses, lost earnings, and physical and mental pain and suffering. In either case, you can find the high-quality representation you need at the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. – your most trusted choice for an Avon, Vail, or Eagle County criminal defense lawyer.

Why Choose Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. as Your Avon and Vail Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you are in the early stages of finding an attorney in or near the Vail, CO, area to represent you, you might be wondering where to begin. Most people will start with a quick internet search for “Vail criminal defense lawyers,” “best Vail criminal defense attorneys,” or “Vail criminal lawyers and attorneys near me.” However, if you’ve already done so, you may have realized that these types of searches often yield an overwhelming number of results.

With so many Vail criminal defense attorneys to choose from, narrowing down the results can feel like an uphill battle, but we want to help. Here are a few reasons why we think that the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., is the best Vail criminal defense lawyer for you.

Attorney Mark S. Rubinstein has been practicing law in the mountain communities of Colorado for 22 years. He is a seasoned trial lawyer who has handled a wide range of criminal defense cases, and no matter what you are charged with, he will gather information and focus on a legal strategy geared to protect your interests. He spent more than 4 years in the Denver Drug Court Project, which makes him uniquely qualified to defend you against drug charges.

In personal injury and wrongful death matters, you can rely on your trusted Eagle County – including Avon and Vail – criminal defense lawyer, Mark Rubinstein, to aggressively pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive. His 4 plus years working for a large insurance defense firm have given him an edge in this practice area. He handles all his cases personally, never leaving it to associates or paralegals, and is always available to his clients, day and night.

Cases We Handle

A client talking to her lawyer about criminal defense in Vail.At the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., our Eagle County, Avon, and Vail Colorado criminal defense attorney has successfully handled a range of criminal defense and personal injury matters. Types of criminal cases we regularly handle include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI);
  • Driving under the influence of drugs;
  • Drug possession;
  • Possession of paraphernalia;
  • Drug trafficking and drug distribution;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Assault and battery;
  • Burglary and theft;
  • Fraud and embezzlement;
  • Robbery;
  • Larceny;
  • Shoplifting;
  • White-collar crimes; and
  • Traffic offenses.

As you can see, the law offices of Mark S. Rubenstein, P.C., is well-equipped to assist you with a wide variety of criminal defense matters. Have questions about whether your criminal defense matter falls within the scope of our services? Here’s a more detailed overview of these common criminal case types and how we can help.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)

DUI carries serious penalties in Colorado, including suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and fines, along with the consequence of a criminal conviction on your record. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine whether any defenses apply that may result in a reduction of your sentence or dismissal of your charge.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)

Although marijuana is legal in Colorado, DUID is not. Penalties upon conviction may include jail time and license suspension or revocation. So if you get charged with DUID, make sure you have someone in your corner who can help you fight for your rights.

Drug Possession

Drug possession remains a serious crime in Colorado.

While it is now legal to use and possess marijuana in Colorado, there are still restrictions on the amount an individual may legally possess. Additionally, possession of other drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and others, can result in criminal charges and severe penalties for convictions. Thus, having an experienced Vail criminal defense lawyer’s assistance is crucial in defending against such drug possession charges.


The State of Colorado also criminalizes the possession of items that you know or should have known could be used as drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia includes items such as needles or syringes, pipes, scales, and any other products, equipment, or materials that could be used to help store, use, or process drugs other than marijuana, which is now legal under Colorado law. Nevertheless, possession of paraphernalia for drugs such as cocaine, meth, heroin, and others remains illegal.

However, there are a number of valid legal defenses to such a charge. If you have been charged with paraphernalia possession, contact the Vail criminal defense attorneys at Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., as soon as practicable to get started on your defense.

Drug Trafficking and Drug Distribution

In addition to drug possession, Colorado law also strictly prohibits the distribution, trafficking, manufacturing, or cultivation of drugs. It is important to note that while recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is still illegal under federal law and in other states. Thus, drug trafficking and drug distribution of marijuana can still result in a criminal charge.

Nevertheless, as is the case with all other criminal matters, you very well may have a valid defense to a drug trafficking or drug distribution charge.

With more than 24 years of experience working within the Colorado drug court systems, Vail criminal lawyer Mark Rubinstein is uniquely qualified to provide defense against these and other drug-related charges.

Domestic violence

A domestic violence conviction can result in severe legal consequences. But even if there is no conviction, a domestic violence accusation alone can impact your personal and professional life.
If you have been accused of domestic violence give our team a call today. Our Eagle County, Avon, and Vail, Colorado, criminal defense attorney can defend you against accusations of threats, harassment, stalking, assault, and child abuse and restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

Assault, Battery, and Menacing

We regularly handle charges of first, second, and third-degree assault and battery. Additionally, Avon criminal defense lawyer Mark S. Rubenstein can also defend you against the closely related charge of menacing. Specifically, menacing requires knowingly placing, or attempting to place, another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury by threat or physical action.

Regardless of the charge, if possible, we will seek an acquittal. We might also be able to prove that the so-called “victim” actually committed assault and battery against you and that you were merely acting in self-defense.

Burglary and Theft

Burglary and theft are serious crimes. Depending on the amount you are accused of stealing, you may be facing felony charges in theft and burglary cases. If you have been charged with burglary or theft, consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

Fraud and Embezzlement

Embezzlement is a type of theft crime in Colorado that involves the misuse of money or property by a person in a position of trust. Conviction of fraud and embezzlement charges can destroy your career and professional reputation. Ultimately, this can result in possible penalties of jail time and restitution.


Robbery is generally more serious than theft, because a robbery involves the use of force, threats, or intimidation. In some cases people have been arrested for robbery for behavior that might be interpreted as simply aggressive panhandling. Contact our skilled Avon criminal defense attorney at Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. if you have been charged with or even accused of robbery

Larceny and Shoplifting

Larceny, like robbery, involves the unjust taking of the property of another. Unlike robbery, it does not involve the use of force or intimidation. It does, however, typically involve deceit. Pickpocketing, embezzlement and pyramid schemes are all examples of larceny.

Shoplifting could be classified as a form of larceny, at least in most cases. Avon criminal defense lawyer Mark S. Rubinstein has won acquittals for numerous accused shoplifters.

White-Collar Crimes

The term “white collar crime” is a broad, catch-all term that refers to a wide variety of offenses, including identity theft, computer crimes, currency counterfeiting, tax evasion, and embezzlement. A white collar crime does not always involve the theft of money or property, although it usually does. White collar crime cases are often complex.

Traffic offenses

You need legal representation for certain traffic offenses, including driving with a revoked or suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, eluding a police officer, reckless or careless driving, and habitual traffic offenses.

Regardless of the particular crime you’ve been accused of, there is no doubt that a criminal charge can turn your world upside down. However, having a Vail criminal defense attorney’s representation can go a long way toward protecting your rights and getting your life back on track.

At the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we are devoted to providing the best representation we possibly can. If you have been searching for the right Vail criminal defense lawyers to take on your case, look no further. Give our office a call today.

Example of a Typical Defense in a Shoplifting (Larceny) Case

You have a constitutional right to represent yourself in defending against criminal charges. This is one constitutional right, however, that you are better off not exercising. The complexity of the Colorado criminal justice system almost guarantees that any attempt to defend yourself will result in negative and perhaps even disastrous consequences. A skilled Vail criminal defense attorney, however, can prepare a comprehensive defense that will take into account the following issues:

  • Whether you actually intended to steal the item or simply placed it in your pocket absent-mindedly. Were you distracted at the time?
  • Are you the same person that store security cameras recorded taking the item? If security filmed the perpetrator from a distance, this might be far from certain.
  • How much was the item worth? Although any value at all will result in shoplifting charges, the lower the true value of the item, the more lenient penalties will be.
  • Is the store security officer telling the truth? Does their in-court testimony contradict testimony given during depositions?
  • Did the police have probable cause to arrest you?
  • Did the police coerce your confession?

This list includes just a few possible defense strategies that your attorney might use. An experienced Eagle County, Avon, and Vail Colorado criminal defense attorney can help you identify and assess the best available defenses in your particular case.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Matters

In personal injury and wrongful death matters, we work hard to recover full and fair compensation for our clients in a range of cases, including:

  • Auto vehicle accidents: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 36,560 people were killed and 2,710,000 were injured in U.S. traffic accidents in a single recent year.
  • Motorcycle crashes: Many motorcycle accidents occur because other drivers fail to see or register the presence of the motorcycle on the road and violate the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
  • Biking accidents: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), every year, bicyclists account for approximately 2% of all traffic fatalities.
  • Pedestrian accidents: A total of 6,283 pedestrians were killed and 75,000 were injured in 2019, according to NHTSA statistics.
  • Defective products: Manufacturers have a duty to consumers to ensure the reasonable safety of their products. When they fail in that duty, they should be held accountable.
  • Premises liability accidents: Slip and fall and other accidents can cause serious injuries when property owners fail to maintain their property reasonably free of hazards.

In addition to criminal defense, the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., provides valuable legal representation to personal injury and wrongful death victims and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury anywhere in Western Colorado, give me a call today. Let’s discuss your case and see what we can do to help you recover.

Call Our Avon and Vail Criminal Defense Lawyer Today!

If you are facing a serious legal situation, your best course of action is to contact an experienced Eagle County, Avon, and Vail Colorado criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., you will find a Vail attorney with the skills and experience you need in criminal defense or personal injury matters. With decades of experience and countless reviews and testimonials from former happy clients, we are confident that we are one of the best Vail criminal defense lawyers in the area.

Ready to take next steps on getting the legal representation you need and deserve? Call our office today or contact our attorney online for the legal help you need.

Our Avon and Vail Office in Eagle County, Colorado

Defense Lawyer Mark Rubinstein

Vail/Avon/Vail Valley/Eagle County Office

2121 N Frontage Rd W
Vail, CO
Phone: 970-748-5044
Fax: 970-680-7139

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Vail, Colorado is a town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a population of 5,328 as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, and home to North America’s largest and most popular ski resort. The town was built and established as base for the ski resort, which celebrated its first season in December of 1962. It is well known as the place to go for serious skiers and celebrities, and has also become a popular site for snowboarders in recent years.