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.

Denver man arrested for pimping teenage girl | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that 33-year-old Adam Gurule was arrested today and charged with pimping out a young teenage female at a Denver home.  Details of the case are not being released in an effort to protect the identity of the teen victim.

Last October, Gurule was arrested for pandering of a child by arrangement and pimping of a child.  No charges were ever filed in those cases.

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

Convicted sex offender will be jailed until the year 2202 | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Derrick Wilson was sentenced to 192 years in prison for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old female.  A Colorado jury convicted Wilson in December of second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault, and unlawful sexual contact for the 2003 assault.  Wilson attacked the victim on a Denver sidewalk, dragged her to an area under a tree and committed the sexual assault at gunpoint.  He did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Chelsea King Disappearance | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Post Chronicle is reporting that 30-year-old John Albert Gardner of Lake Elsinore has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 17-year old Chelsea King.  The Poway High School student was last seen on Thursday after going for a jog near Lake Hodges at the popular Rancho Bernardo Community Park in San Diego.  Gardner is being held on suspicion of rape and murder.

He is also a suspect in the assault of a female jogger in Colorado Springs on December 27th.

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

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!

Sex Offender Registration | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Conviction of the following charges will require sex offender registration:

•    Sexual assault
•    Unlawful sexual contact
•    Sexual assault on a child
•    Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist
•    Enticement of a child
•    Incest
•    Trafficking in children
•    Sexual exploitation of children
•    Procurement of a child for sexual exploitation
•    Indecent exposure
•    Soliciting for child prostitution
•    Pandering of a child
•    Procurement of a child
•    Keeping a place of child prostitution
•    Pimping of a child
•    Inducement of child prostitution
•    Patronizing a prostituted child
•    Engaging in sexual conduct in a penal institution
•    Promotion of obscenity to a minor and wholesale promotion of obscenity to a minor
•    Internet luring of a child
•    Internet sexual exploitation of a child

In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which increased restrictions and punishments for sex offenders (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/pdfs/sorna_faqs.pdf).  The law can be over-broad and restrictive because it does not take into account the specific facts of your case.  This means that cases with very disturbing facts are treated the same as your case!  If it seems unfair, you’re right.  That’s why you need someone with experience fighting for your freedom and rights.  You need an aggressive defense NOW because this charge may last a lifetime.

Sex Offense Punishment | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The punishment for sex crimes can be severe.  The range of punishment depends upon the facts of your case.  Some of these charges have federal counterparts and others are subject to mandatory sentence provisions for violent crimes so it is important to speak with an attorney who has experience handling both types of charges.

Charge Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Sexual Assault Class 2 felony

Class 3 felony

Class 4 felony

Class 1 misd.

8 – 24 years

4 – 12 years

2 – 6 years

6 – 24 months

5 years

5 years

3 years

None

$5K – $1M

$3K – $750K

$2K – $500K

$500 – $5K

Unlawful Sexual Conduct Class 4 felony

Class 1 misd.

2 – 6 years

6 – 24 months

3 years

None

$2K – $500K

$500 – $5K

Sexual Assault on a Child Class 3 felony

Class 4 felony

4 – 12 years

2 – 6 years

5 years

3 years

$3K – $750K

$2K – $500K

Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child Class 4 felony 2 – 6 years 3 years $2K – $500K
Sexual Exploitation of a Child / Child Pornography Class 4 felony

Class 6 felony

2 – 6 years

1y – 18 mo

3 years

1 year

$2K – $500K

$1K – $100K

Failure to register as sex offender Class 5 felony

Class 6 felony

Class 1 misd.

1 – 3 years

1y – 18mo

6 – 18 months

2 years

1 year

None

$1K – $100K

$1K – $100K

$500 – $5K

Federal Sex Crimes | Denver Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are currently being investigated or are actually charged with a sex crime, the time to act is NOW.  You must find excellent legal representation to represent you and present the truth in court.  Many attorneys do not accept these types of cases, and even fewer have experience handling them.  Every case is different, and each presents thorny and difficult issues.  You need someone who knows where to find answers.

As a federal prosecutor I handled many federal sex crimes.  These charges are very different from their state counterparts.  You need an attorney who is experienced to guide you through this sensitive and difficult time.

Child Pornography

Internet Sex Crimes

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

White Collar Crime & Fraud | Denver Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Almost everyone has now heard about Bernie Madoff and his massive ponzi scheme.  This has made investigating and prosecuting white collar crime and fraud a priority of the Department of Justice.  New prosecutors and federal agents are being trained to investigate and prosecute offenders.  This presents the perfect storm where innocent people will be caught in the middle of overly aggressive investigations and prosecutions.  You need an attorney with training and experience to handle your case.

Bank Fraud

Securities Fraud

Accounting Fraud

Corporate Internal Investigations

Securities & Exchange Commission Investigations

Commodities Fraud

Market Manipulation

Wire Fraud

Mail Fraud

Bank Fraud

Mortgage Fraud

Tax Fraud

Medicare / Medicaid Fraud

Money Laundering