Defending Criminal Charges Throughout All of Western Colorado
Being arrested for a crime in Colorado is no laughing matter. Despite lofty principles such as the “presumption of innocence,” the reality is that once the legal system gets hold of you, it can chew you up and spit you out if you don’t understand how it works. The harsh truth is that “justice” is inevitably more dependent on the quality of legal representation than any of us would care to admit. The complexity of the criminal justice system is such that representing yourself makes about as much sense as trying to perform surgery on yourself to remove a tumor.
My name is Mark S. Rubinstein, and it is my job to protect the rights of people just like you. As a sole practitioner, I can focus intensely on your case without distraction. At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., you are more than the case number that you would be to the average overworked public defender – you are a valued client whose freedom and whose reputation are worth fighting for.
My experience as a Colorado criminal lawyer allows me to handle a wide variety of criminal cases, including both misdemeanors and felonies, white collar crimes, violent crimes, theft, and drug offenses. I understand the nuances of the Western Colorado court systems, and I have worked with the local prosecutors on many occasions. I have secured acquittals for many of my clients and advantageous plea bargains for many more.
“Mark delivered on every promise he made to me, and after pushing my court appearance back several times, he was able to get my case fully dismissed on both counts, without me ever having to make an appearance in court in person. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the end result.”
- DUI Defense: I can help you avoid maximum penalties, including jail time, for DUI, DWAI, and DUID. An acquittal is possible in some cases.
- Personal Injury: When someone else’s negligence injures you, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost work time, pain and suffering, and other losses. I handle car accidents, product liability, slip and fall cases, and more.
- Wrongful Death: When the victim of a personal injury dies, a personal injury claim turns into a wrongful death claim. Compensation goes to close relatives.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the most common personal injury claim. I handle car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more.
- Domestic Violence: Domestic violence law is particularly unfair to the accused. I can help you navigate the system, minimize any damage to your life, and perhaps even win an acquittal for you.
(FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions
What is a plea bargain?
In a plea bargain, you agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid trial, and the prosecutor agrees to recommend that the judge accept the arrangement and convict you of a lesser crime. Although the judge doesn’t have to accept the prosecutor’s recommendation, he or she usually does.
What is the biggest mistake I can make in a criminal case?
By far the biggest mistake you can make, other than attempting to represent yourself, is not hiring an attorney fast enough. You may miss critical deadlines (such as the deadline to apply for a DUI driver’s license suspension hearing), and you will force your attorney to hastily prepare your case.
What is deferred sentencing?
In Colorado, deferred sentencing means that you plead guilty to the offense, but the entry of the judgment and the sentence (jail time, for example) is delayed based on certain conditions. As long as you meet these conditions for the entire deferment period, the charges will be dismissed.
How does a “domestic violence” classification affect my case?
In Colorado, domestic violence is a designation that can be used to enhance the sentence of another crime, such as third degree assault. Jail time is certain even if you are never convicted. Colorado’s new habitual offender statute makes penalties even tougher if you are convicted of domestic violence more than once.
I am not the representative of a mega-firm to whom any criminal defendant (other than a mob boss) is little more than an afterthought. I care about my clients’ cases personally, as if it were me instead of you that the state of Colorado was trying to prosecute. With nearly 25 years as a criminal lawyer, there isn’t much that can happen in your case that I haven’t dealt with before.
If you cannot come to my office, I will be happy to meet you at the place of your choosing. I will even give you my personal cell phone number. If you have been arrested for a crime in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Avon, Aspen, Breckenridge, Montrose, Gunnison, The Vail Valley, Grand Junction, or anywhere else in Western Colorado – or if you live or work there – call me today at (970) 704-0888 or contact me online for a free initial evaluation of your case.