Trial over Thanksgiving Day standoff ends with conviction for Denver man

The Sky-Hi News is reporting that a Grand County jury has found Brian Wilson guilty on all 24 charges stemming from a 2008 Thanksgiving Day standoff with police in Winter Park.  He has now been convicted on 5 counts of attempted murder with deliberate indifference, 6 counts of felony menacing, 2 counts of obstructing police, 3 counts of prohibited use of a weapon, obstructing a highway, driving under the influence and DUI per se.  More significantly, Wilson was convicted on 5 counts of committing a crime of violence, which will enhance the penalties for the attempted murder charges.

Wilson, 53, of Denver, faces 16 – 24 years in prison on each attempted murder count.

Wilson did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Arapahoe jury convicts sex offender | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Steven Matthew Cook, 42, was convicted last week on 28 counts of sexual exploitation, sex assault, indecent exposure and other charges involving minors.  The incidents took place in Arapahoe County between October 1, 1999 and March 13, 2004 with victims younger than 15. 

Cook was previously convicted and sentenced to 10 years to life in prison in 2006.  An appeals court, however, reversed the original conviction and ordered a new trial, ruling that certain testimony should not have been allowed.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 13, 2010.

Cook did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Love triangle ends in murder conviction | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Norberto Abundez of Ft. Lupton was convicted on Tuesday for the murder of his cousin, Jesus Abundez-Plige.  At the time of the murder, Abundez suspected that his wife and cousin were engaged in a romantic relationship.

Abundez had a previous confrontation with is cousin, and a protective order was issued. That order did not keep Abundez from shooting his cousin in the head at his Platteville home in 2008.

Abundez was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Abundez did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Suspected murderer receives 5 years on unrelated firearms charge | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that on March 11, 2010, Shun Lamar Birch was sentenced to 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons, by United States District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. This case stemmed from a firearms charge alleging that Birch, a convicted felon, was illegally in possession of two guns. The weapons were found at his Aurora residence.

Birch is also charged with the December 2006 murder of Kalonniann Clark, a prosecution witness in an unrelated case.  That case is currently set for trial in state district court.

Birch did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Parole | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Parole is not probation

Parole is the supervised release of a prisoner before the completion of their prison sentence.  Parole should not be confused with probation.  A person placed on parole serves the remainder of a sentence outside of prison, whereas probation is given instead of a prison sentence. 

Nonetheless, many of the conditions of parole mimic those of traditional probation.  A parolee will be required to report to a parole officer, maintain steady employment, avoid drugs and alcohol, or any other conditions required by the state.

Violations of parole conditions may result in revocation of parole status.  This means that a parolee will be ordered back to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence behind bars.

There is no parole in the federal system

A prisoner must serve the entire length of any federal sentence imposed, minus any “good-time” received by the Bureau of Prisons.  After a sentence is completed, a prisoner will be placed on supervised release for a period of time. 

Supervised release is not probation or parole; however, the judge will impose specific conditions of supervised release that are similar to probation and parole.

Violations of supervised release are treated as new offenses.

Jeffrey Skilling to receive new trial? | Denver White Collar Law

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling may receive a new trial.  Skilling is currently appealing the constitutional validity of his criminal conviction to the United States Supreme Court.  Skilling was convicted in 2006 on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors.  He is serving a sentence of more than 24 years.  He did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

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What’s at stake? Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Besides license suspension, a conviction for drunk driving carries heavy penalties, fines, multiple surcharges, and a laundry list of fees.

Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide

Charge Incarceration Parole Fine
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 5 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
2nd DUI 90 days – 1 year, or probation None $1K – $1500
Driving While Abilities Impaired (DWAI) 2 – 180 days, or probation None $200 – $500
2nd DWAI 45 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
Vehicular Assault (recklessly cause serious bodily injury to another) 1 – 3 years 2 years $1K – $100K
Vehicular Assault (intoxicated and cause serious bodily injury to another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (recklessly cause serious death of another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (intoxicated and cause death of another) 4 – 12 years 5 years $3K – $750K

What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge?

Type Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Carrying a concealed weapon / unlawful possession of weapons Class 2 Misdemeanor* 3 – 12 months None $250 – $1,000
Defacing a firearm Class 1 Misdemeanor** 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of illegal weapon Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of dangerous weapon Class 5 Felony*** 1 – 3 years 2 years $1,000 – $100,000

* Class 6 felony if at a school, college or university, unless an exception applies.

** You may also face federal charges.

*** Class 4 felony for subsequent violations.

The law is very strict and there are enhanced punishments for repeat offenders.  Additionally, convicted felons charged with possession of weapons face extremely harsh sentences.  It is imperative that you contact our offices today so we may begin fighting for your freedom!

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

No, there are many options available.  Depending on your criminal background, employment history, and references, you may be eligible for a variety of sentencing options.

What is the punishment for theft? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Punishment ranges for theft can be confusing, and are directly linked to the value of the property you are accused of stealing.  Value is determined by retail value or sales price of the item.

Value Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Less than $500.00 Class 2 Misdemeanor 3 months – 12 months None $250 – $1,000
$500.00 – $999.99 Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 months – 18 months None $500 – 5,000
$1,000.00 – $19,999.99 Class 4 Felony 2 – 6 years 3 year of parole $2,000 – $500,000
$20,000.00 + Class 3 Felony 4 – 12 years 5 year of parole $3,000 – $750,000