Next to Family Law, Criminal law is one of the most common ways a person may find his way in front of a judge, except in addition to your finances and emotions being at stake, but your welfare, livelihood, and even your foreseeable future.
Without realizing it, most issues you readily accept as day-to-day happenstance can bring you into the same Courtroom as the things you read about in the news, albeit with often far different consequences.
Whether it’s: speeding, running a light, improper lane change; or of the more serious charges: DWAI/DUI, assault, domestic violence, theft, or other criminal violations, charges brought against you by a city or district attorney’s office in a municipal, county, or district Court can all have life changing outcomes.
This makes an understanding of the potential implications of your municipal, traffic, and criminal necessary to better understand your rights and prepare for the future no matter the outcome.
For the most part, criminal proceedings follow the same general formula, but remember this is a broad strokes attempt to simplify the general procedure in an effort to keep you informed and educated on your criminal matter. Each case has subtleties that may need to be addressed at one time or another, breaking up the procedure you see below:
Arrest or Summons > Appearance on Arrest/Bond/Summons > Status Appearances/Dispo Hearings > Motions Hearing > Trial
Thinking Of Working Your Case Without An Attorney?
While there are some resources available from Colorado Courts to Defendants and other parties to a criminal matter online HERE, there are far too many variables in every case, let alone the number of criminal laws that may come into play.