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.

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

I’m innocent, but I just want to resolve this quickly and quietly. | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing this type of crime prevents you from qualifying for deferred prosecution, and requires enrollment and attendance in specific treatments.  Even if you are granted probation or deferred sentencing, you will not be allowed to live in your own home if your accuser still resides there.

Domestic Violence | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Domestic Violence Defense Starts Here

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.  Law enforcement officials have responded to this in creating very strict laws for domestic violence.  Often times, the police are in such a hurry to separate the parties and figure out what happened that there is a rush to judgment…and it’s done at your expense.

I did not do what they’re saying—this is all a lie!

I didn’t even touch my accuser. How is this domestic violence?

I own my house (or hold the lease), so I should not have to go.

I’m innocent, but I just want to resolve this quickly and quietly.

This was self-defense…what now?

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option?

Call the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today and let us start fighting for your rights!

Assault Punishment | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Punishment ranges for assault can be confusing, and are directly linked to the facts and circumstances surrounding the event.

Type Class Incarceration Parole Fine
First Degree Assault Class 3 Felony* 4 – 12 years 5 years $3,000 – $750,000
Second Degree Assault Class 4 Felony** 2 – 6 years 3 years $2,000 – $500,000
Third Degree Assault Class 1 Misdemeanor 1 – 3 years 2 years $1,000 – $100,000
Menacing Class 3 Misdemeanor*** 6 months None $50 – $750

* Class 5 felony if assault is committed as a result of sudden passion or a highly provoking act.

** Class 6 felony if assault is committed as a result of sudden passion or a highly provoking act.  Class 3 felony if serious bodily injury results.

*** Class 5 felony if use or display a deadly weapon, or represent that you are armed with a deadly weapon.

Certain offenses carry mandatory sentences that are different than those listed here.  You need an attorney who can investigate and challenge the government’s evidence.  It is very important that you contact the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today to discuss your case.

Assault & Armed Assault | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Assaults can be confusing crimes because there are many charging options for the prosecutor.  Some things a prosecutor considers when making a charging decision are:

1. Your mental state or intent;

2. The injury inflicted;

3. Whether a weapon (or something used as a weapon) was used;

4. The identity or class of the victim or intended victim.

What are the degrees of assault?

What are the punishments for assault?

The assault was in self-defense.  What now?

Self-defense is a common defense to most assaults.  If applied correctly, it can be very successful.  This requires a professional who understands the facts of your particular case.  Call the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today for a free consultation.  Let us tell your side of the story so that the prosecution understands what really happened.

If I don’t want to fight the charge, is jail the only option?

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.

Prostitution | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with prostitution is very serious.  The possibility of jail time is not the only negative aspect.  Many people find the charge brings shame and embarrassment at this charge.  They do not want anyone finding out—especially a spouse.  Friends and family members will react differently to learning you have been charged with prostitution.  We don’t.  We will always be professional and understanding to your legal and emotional needs when facing this charge.

Prostitution is considered a crime of “moral turpitude”.  Being convicted of a crime of moral turpitude can have a drastic impact on your life and future plans.

The charge of prostitution seems simple when it’s read in a rule book.  However, there are many ways you can be caught up in a prostitution charge.  Police agencies often conduct sting operations where they make arrests of prostitutes, customers, and pimps.  As a state prosecutor I assisted in the arrangements for these operations.  I also accompanied the police on sting operations and know that no two cases are alike.  Because of this, entrapment is always a possible defense in these cases.  It is important that you contact our office today so we can start working on your case!

Charge Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Prostitution Class 3 Misdemeanor 0 – 6 months None $50 – $750
Prostitution (while infected with HIV) Class 5 Felony 1 – 3 years 2 years $1K – $100K
Soliciting for prostitution Class 3 Misdemeanor 0 – 6 months None $50 – $750
Pandering Class 5 Felony

Class 3 Misdemeanor

1 – 3 years

0 – 6 months

2 years

None

$1K – $100K

$50 – $750

Patronizing a prostitute* Class 1 petty offense 0 – 6 months None $0 – $500
Patronizing a prostitute (while infected with HIV) Class 6 Felony 1 year – 18 months 1 year $1K – $100K
Pimping Class 3 Felony 4 years – 12 years 2 years $3K – $750K
Prostitute making display Class 1 petty offense 0 – 6 months None $0 – $500
Promoting sexual immorality Class 2 Misdemeanor 3 – 12 months None $250 – $1K
Keeping a place of prostitution Class 2 Misdemeanor 3 – 12 months None $250 – $1K

* Enhanced to class 1 misdemeanor if you have two priors

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option?

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.

Call the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today and let us start fighting for your rights!