CO Criminal Defense Lawyer Defending 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 defense attorney 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.
Criminal cases are unlike any other legal proceedings. They involve a unique and complex set of procedural rules, numerous statutes, cumbersome case law, and skillful negotiation. Experience, though, may count more than anything. Our office is proud to have successfully defended Coloradoans against many unfair, unfounded, or unproven criminal charges. We have helped people just like you face down terrifying accusations and still maintain their freedom, their dignity, and their good names. Each day of your life matters and each ought to be lived to the fullest. We understand that, and that’s why we fight for you.
As your Colorado criminal defense lawyer, I can defend you against any of these criminal charges, as well as a wide range of other accusations:
- DUI / DWI / DWAI (i.e. driving under the influence of alcohol / drunk driving)
- DUID (i.e. driving under the influence of drugs)
- Traffic offenses
- Theft, larceny, grand theft, and burglary
- White-collar crimes, fraud, and embezzlement
- Assault, battery, and other violent crime charges
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession, distribution, selling, dealing, or drug trafficking
- Internet crimes
- Expungement and sealing of criminal records
We have extensive experience in handling these and many other cases. Whatever your charges may be, I am here to help.
Aggressive Legal Representation for Criminal Cases in Colorado
Being charged with a crime is one of the most frightening, grueling, and emotionally intense experiences of anyone’s life. It’s a situation that most people never thought they’d be in. The more serious the accusation, the more intimidating the whole ordeal becomes. When faced with something so daunting, many of us tend to simply turn a blind eye to the situation. Some people ignore the criminal charges or push them far from their minds. Others assume that, because they truly didn’t do anything wrong, the system will sort everything out. That is a grave mistake.
The criminal justice system is incredibly flawed, and it is no friend to those who go through it. People who defend themselves against charges, or who decide to let the court assign an overburdened lawyer with limited resources, are at an enormous disadvantage. Many of them go to prison for far longer than they should – even people who are truly innocent. If you are facing a criminal allegation in Colorado, you must understand that the prosecution will act against you with aggression. The state and/or federal authorities will do everything in their power to secure a conviction and maximize your sentence. And that power is considerable.
Whatever your charges may consist of, you need to take any criminal case in Colorado extremely seriously. Now is not the time to stick your head in the sand or to roll the dice. Now is the time to take bold and effective action to protect your future from the very real threat against it. The best thing you can do to help yourself against prosecution is to hire an experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer. There is hope against criminal charges in our state, and there is a chance that you can completely overcome them. But you are far less likely to accomplish that on your own.
I have many years of experience as a Colorado criminal defense lawyer, and I believe in aggressively defending my clients against every single move the prosecution makes. Your future and freedom are so important, and they deserve a fierce fight.
At Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., we are proud to have earned a strong track record of success for our clients – a reflection of the tireless passion, personal time, and attention that we devote to every single case. In our office, you will find compassion, legal insight, and honest advice. You will find a strategy. You will find an advocate who actually cares about what happens to you. Hiring the right law office might be the most important choice you ever make. Make the right one. Contact Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. today.
“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.”
(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 a Colorado criminal defense 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 attorney, 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 anywhere 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.