Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, a conviction can change your life in more ways than most people realize. To give yourself the best chance of staying out of jail and preserving your future, you need an experienced lawyer on your side.
If you are facing criminal charges in Summit County’s Breckenridge or Dillon, Colorado, I know what you are going through. I know what you are up against in terms of taking on the justice system and the prosecutor’s office, and I know what is at stake if you are found guilty at trial. I have represented numerous clients who have stood in your shoes, and I have built a reputation on helping my clients secure favorable outcomes in light of the facts at hand.
When facing criminal charges, you need to take your situation extremely seriously. A conviction could mean jail time, large fines, and a strike on your criminal record that makes it harder for you to find a job, find housing, and get into school. You need to be proactive about protecting yourself, and that starts with hiring an experienced attorney.
About Criminal Defense Attorney Mark S. Rubinstein
I have 25 years of experience representing criminal defendants in the Breckenridge/Dillon area, Summit County, and throughout Colorado. As a criminal defense lawyer, I regularly appear on behalf of my clients in the Summit County Criminal Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and I have extensive experience negotiating with the local prosecutors to secure favorable plea deals on behalf of my clients. When I take a case, I have one goal: To secure the best possible outcome, which ideally means having your charges dropped prior to trial.
Of course, in some cases, a certain amount of punishment is unavoidable. If you committed a crime, there is evidence, and the police did everything by the book, it may not be realistic to expect to walk away completely clean. In these scenarios, I focus on using my legal abilities, my local knowledge, and my negotiation and trial skills to minimize the consequences of my clients’ arrests to the greatest extent possible.
Aggressive Representation for Serious Charges in Summit County, CO
From traffic offenses to serious violent felonies, I represent clients facing all types of criminal charges in Breckenridge, Dillon, and all of Summit County, Colorado. This includes both state and federal charges, such as:
Alcohol and Drug-Related Driving Offenses
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
- Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI)
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Although Colorado was one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, there are still laws governing who can buy marijuana and how much they can buy at a time. In addition, Colorado drug laws as they apply to other narcotics are extremely harsh. Typically, the potential penalties someone faces in a Breckenridge drug case depend on several factors, including:
- The type of drug;
- The quantity of drugs;
- Whether the drugs were for personal use;
- A person’s criminal record; and
- Whether a person is on probation or parole.
On the less serious end of the spectrum, the possession of fewer than two ounces of marijuana is a petty drug offense, punishable by a fine. However, more serious drug crimes, such as cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, sale, or trafficking present much higher stakes. For example, a Colorado Level 1 drug felony carries a term of imprisonment of up to 32 in jail and a fine of up to $1 million.
If you face Breckenridge drug charges, you should take the case seriously, as your freedom may be on the line. As an experienced Breckenridge drug defense lawyer, I handle drug crime cases involving marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, hallucinogens, prescription medications, and other controlled substances.
Domestic Violence Offenses
In Colorado, a domestic violence crime is one committed against someone with whom the defendant has or had an intimate relationship. Thus, domestic violence cases involve disputes between current and former spouses, as well as parents who share a child. Under Colorado law, if a crime constitutes domestic violence, the defendant is subject to a sentencing enhancement. In addition, a defendant convicted of a Breckenridge domestic violence crime may need to receive a treatment evaluation and complete a domestic violence treatment program.
Breckenridge domestic violence charges are some of the most difficult to defend against. Not because the laws are complex—although they are—but because these cases tend to be emotional. At the same time, the prosecution often has very little evidence that a crime was committed other than the alleged victim’s word. However, do not assume that this means the prosecution will not be able to put up a strong case; countless people are convicted of Breckenridge domestic violence crimes based only on one person’s story.
Breckenridge domestic violence cases require a nuanced approach. No two cases are the same, and every case needs an individualized strategy. At my law firm, I routinely handle domestic violence cases and have developed a tried-and-true approach to creating a compelling defense, even in the most serious cases.
The following crimes are all classified as theft crimes.
Shoplifting is a type of theft. If the police arrest you for shoplifting, you are facing an uphill battle if you intend to represent yourself. The assistance of a Breckenridge criminal defense lawyer (or a Dillon criminal defense lawyer, depending on your residence) is critical.
One of the reasons that a shoplifting charge can be difficult to beat is the discretion that store personnel enjoy. A police officer needs “probable cause” to arrest you, while store security needs only “reasonable suspicion” to detain you. Be careful not to answer any questions until your lawyer arrives!
A robbery charge is typically much more serious than an ordinary theft charge. After all, robbery involves the use or threat of force. Normally, it is considered a Class 4 felony. Stealing someone’s car by hotwiring their ignition is serious enough, but carjacking someone by brandishing a weapon is considered to be far more serious.
Do not neglect to retain an experienced Breckenridge criminal defense attorney (or Dillon criminal defense attorney, depending on where you live). In extreme cases, it could make the difference between languishing in prison or walking free. In other cases it might make the difference between a generous plea deal and conviction for a crime you didn’t even commit.
Larceny is essentially a form of theft that does not involve the use of force or the threat of force. Pickpocketing, for example, is a form of larceny, as is embezzlement from an employer and most forms of shoplifting.
We provide assistance with all types of violent crimes, such as assault and battery.
Colorado law recognizes three degrees of assault:
- First-degree assault, which generally involves serious bodily injury and the use of a weapon.
- Second-degree assault, which generally involves bodily injury but not necessarily the use of a weapon. A bar fight is a typical example.
- Third-degree assault, which almost always involves the infliction of pain (although not necessarily injury) on another person.
A battery, on the other hand, occurs when one person intentionally places another person in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury (even if the victim does not suffer an actual injury).
Other violent crimes we handle include:
- Domestic Violence,
- Manslaughter, and
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are a class of non-violent crimes that generally involve the use of deceit, and sometimes sophisticated technological means, to steal money or assets. Examples of white collar crimes include,
- Computer Crimes,
- Fraud, and
- Identity Theft.
There is no ironclad definition of “white collar crime,” and cases can get extremely complex. Contact our lawyer Mark S. Rubenstein immediately if you have been accused of such a crime. We can help you develop identify the best defenses to your charges, such as lack of intent, entrapment, and mistaken identity
In addition to helping those facing more serious charges, I can assist with both major and minor traffic offenses including:
- Careless Driving,
- Driving Under Suspension,
- Driving Under Revocation,
- Eluding a Police Officer,
- Failing to Report an Accident,
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident,
- Reckless Driving,
- Speeding, and
- Other Traffic Offenses.
I regularly represent clients in state district, county, and municipal court matters in the Breckenridge, Dillon, and Summit County areas as well.
Put Experience and Commitment On Your Side
Some experienced attorneys are happy to rest on their laurels, continuing to do what they have done for decades. While this can work in some cases, the police are constantly adopting new technologies, and prosecutors are consistently researching, learning, and developing new strategies for putting criminal defendants behind bars. As a result, I believe that the best way to build the strongest possible defense is to continue to push the envelope.
At the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., not only do I offer over 25 years of experience, but I continue to strive to find new ways to help my clients. You expect your attorney to do what it takes to win, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that I have done everything possible to provide you with excellent legal representation.
So, why should you choose Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C.? I believe the answer is clear:
- Experience – Over 25 years of experience in Colorado criminal defense.
- Commitment – Unrelenting pursuit of the best possible results.
- Accessibility – You can call me 24/7. If you want to contact me, I want to hear from you.
- Compassion – I care about the outcome of your case, and it shows in my representation.
- Results – I have a proven track record of securing favorable results for my clients.
Get Started on Your Defense with a Free, Confidential Consultation
For more information about how I can help you, I invite you to schedule a free consultation. I have an office in Dillon, but I will also travel to you. To learn what defenses you may have available, call or send me a message online today.
Our Summit County Office in Breckenridge/Dillon, Colorado
Breckenridge/Dillon Office in Summit County
Dillon, CO 80435