Serving All of Western Colorado
Law is not like medicine. Unlike a doctor, anyone fresh out of law school can hang out a shingle and practice just about any type of law immediately, with no internship and no residency. Even experienced lawyers often practice “buffet style” law – in other words, they take any case that comes to them regardless of whether or not they are experienced in representing clients in this area. I don’t operate that way. I intentionally limit my representation to only two types of clients: People who have been arrested for crimes, and people who have been injured by someone else’s wrongful conduct.
I am a sole practitioner, not a mega-firm, and so I won’t hand off your case to a junior associate just so he or she can “get some practice.” I limit the number of clients I represent so that I can offer personal representation. You can be sure that I won’t have to “check the files” when you call just to remember who you are. If I represent you, I will consider your interests just as important as my own.
The Colorado legal system is complex, with a myriad of arcane rules of evidence and civil procedure. Attempting to resolve your case on your own or with inexperienced legal representation is like attempting to perform surgery on yourself or hiring a witch doctor to do it for you. My name is Mark S. Rubinstein and I have been representing criminal defendants and accident victims for nearly a quarter of a century. I also get results for my clients – my track record proves it.
“Hi Mark, I just wanted to thank you again for the great work you did with my case. I am very happy with the outcome, and overall just feel so much better. I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know that may ever need some legal consultation.” – A.P., June 13, 2016
- Criminal Defense: My experience in criminal defense is extensive. I defend clients charged with drug offenses, assault-related crimes, theft, white collar crimes, domestic violence accusations, and even traffic violations. I have secured acquittals and advantageous plea bargains on many occasions.
- DUI Defense: Being charged with DUI, DUID or DWAI does not mean that you will inevitably be convicted – in many cases, an effective defense or advantageous plea bargain is available.
- Personal Injury: Most people have no idea how much their personal injury claim is worth, especially in cases of serious injury such as spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. In most cases, I can arrange a generous out-of-court settlement for you.
- Wrongful Death: If your close relative has died in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to significant compensation under the Colorado Wrongful Death Act, especially if the victim was your spouse.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: I represent clients who suffered injuries in all different kinds of motor vehicle accident cases including car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even bicycle accidents.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are some of the most common defenses against criminal charges?
Any one of dozens of possible defenses might apply, depending on the facts of your case. Some of the most common are:
- Illegal search and seizure
- Lack of criminal intent
- Lack of causation
What is the entrapment defense?
It doesn’t make any sense for a police officer to actually encourage someone to commit a crime just so he or she can arrest him for it. When this happens, the entrapment defense applies, as long as the defendant was not already inclined to commit that type of offense.
What are the penalties for DUI in Colorado?
Colorado’s DUI laws impose the following penalties for a first offense:
- Jail time of five days to a year;
- A fine of $600 to $1,000;
- A nine-month suspension of driving privileges;
- Mandatory community service
- An alcohol / drug evaluation and subsequent treatment program; and
- Other possible penalties.
With a good DUI lawyer, you might be able to escape jail time, despite the five-day minimum.
If I am hurt by a negligent driver, who can I sue besides the driver?
Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to sue:
- The driver’s employer;
- The manufacturer of a defective product (under the Colorado Product Liability Act); or
- The city or state government.
These defendants are usually willing to settle rather than go to court.
Start Fighting Back
After nearly 25 years of practice, there isn’t much that can happen in your case that will take me by surprise or that I haven’t dealt with before. I am familiar with local legal systems all over Western Colorado, and I have worked with most of the local prosecutors and judges before.
If you have been arrested or suffered personal injury in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Avon, Aspen, Breckenridge, Montrose, The Vail Valley, Gunnison, Grand Junction, or elsewhere 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.
If you can’t come to me, I will be more than happy to come to you. After I take your case, I will give you my personal cell phone number so that you can call me any time to discuss your case. I look forward to hearing from you.