Being arrested and charged for a crime can have profound ramifications for your future, impacting everything from raising your family to renting a car. In these situations, retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital for fighting for your rights.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or is facing criminal charges, please contact the Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC immediately to discuss your situation. You have a legal right to defend your criminal case, and we are here to help you through that difficult process.
Why Choose Us?
The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC provide exceptional representation to those who have been arrested or charged for a crime.
- Attorney Steven T. Rodemer has extensive experience on both sides in the courtroom. As a former prosecutor, he understands the defense and litigation necessary to help out those facing criminal charges.
- We are attentive to your needs, listening to your case and your circumstances before proceeding with a sound legal defense for your situation.
- We have a stellar reputation for results among both courtroom professionals and clients. Other legal professionals often refer us cases that are too complex, and our current and former clients are the largest source of referrals.
We are committed to fighting for your legal right to defend yourself in court and getting you the best outcome possible. We have a track record of success defending clients in a wide variety of cases, many of which end with the client being found NOT GUILTY on all counts.
Types of Cases We Help Defend
At The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, we have amassed experience defending clients in all types of criminal cases in El Paso County, from misdemeanors to violent crimes. These include:
- Domestic violence. In the state of Colorado, domestic violence is not considered a single charge, but rather an enhancement added to a separate charge. As a result, it can enhance the existing penalties of a separate charge. Additionally, there are numerous unique state provisions defining the exact terms of domestic violence. We can help sort through your charges to understand your situation, and help proceed with a defense that best meets your circumstances.
- DUI. Getting caught driving while intoxicated can carry serious consequences. It can impact your ability to drive a car, purchase a vehicle—and even get a job. We can explore all your options for defense to find anything we can do to minimize or completely dismiss your charges.
- Drug crimes. Colorado has recently passed new drug laws that put drug crimes in two separate categories: drug misdemeanors and drug felonies. Each has varying degrees of penalties, with the most egregious felonies coming with up to 32 years of prison time. If you are facing a felony charge, we can help investigate your case to determine if your charges are valid, pushing for reduced charges if necessary.
- Felony crimes. There are 6 different classes of felony crimes in Colorado, with each carrying much more severe penalties than the next. Our attorney can work with you to fight for dismissal of charges, or a reduction in felony class charges to ensure you receive the minimum penalties possible.
- Military crimes. Committing a crime when you are in the military can have a different set of penalties for servicemembers—ones that can completely ruin their careers and lives. We can help weigh your options if you are a servicemember who has been arrested or charged for a crime, ensuring that you receive the care and defense necessary for your best interests.
Why Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you are arrested or charged with a crime, seeking legal representation immediately is highly recommended. Some relatively minor cases, such as drug crimes and domestic violence issues, may make you think that a lawyer is not necessary—that you can represent yourself with no real consequence. However, the litigation process and justice system can get incredibly complicated, even in seemingly simple cases. Most cases require some sort of investigation, preparation, and thorough research of evidence—tasks that may not be realistic if you have been arrested. An experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer already understands the process in order to help facilitate your best interests, taking care of the legal work while you can focus on yourself.
Additionally, you may be financially motivated to retain court-appointed representation such as a public defender. However, it is important to note that public defenders often do not have the bandwidth or time to give your case the full attention necessary. They often juggle multiple cases at once, looking to resolve each as efficiently as possible—not with your best interests at heart. A personal criminal defense lawyer sits down and intently listens to your case and your circumstances to figure out the best course of action—not the easiest, most efficient option.
Impact of an Arrest and Criminal Charge in Colorado
The profound ramifications that can come with an arrest and subsequent criminal charge in Colorado Springs cannot be understated. Beyond the possibility of prison time, simply having a criminal record can change your life, impacting your ability to:
- Find a job. Many employers run background checks on employees—and typically, those who have been charged with a felony or similar crimes are often automatically disqualified.
- Be financially secure. Because finding a job is difficult, you may be relegated to low-income, minimum wage positions where financial security is impossible. Additionally, many banks may be reluctant to open any loans, accounts, or other financial transactions with you based on your criminal record.
- Seek housing. Renting a house can be difficult, as many landlords run background checks as well. Additionally, purchasing a house can be impossible, due to the inherent difficulties of maintaining financial accounts with banks. Simply securing a mortgage can require considerable effort to convince banks that you are good for it.
- Have a family or social life. The stigma that may come with a criminal record can make family members distance themselves from you, and significantly impact how others in society see you. Friends may be difficult to come by, and meeting new people can be incredibly complicated.
We Can Help You Navigate Colorado’s Unique Criminal Laws
The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC are well-versed in Colorado’s laws regarding certain crimes. Much of these laws vary from state to state; Colorado itself has some unique provisions that only those with extensive experience in criminal defense may understand. Some of these include:
- Provisions defining domestic violence, which only qualifies if the two parties were involved in an intimate relationship at one point in their lives. Additionally, any crimes which may involve domestic violence fall under Colorado’s “mandatory arrest” policy, in which some people may be arrested even though no real crime occurred.
- Classifying different class of felony crimes. Colorado classifies felonies in six different categories, ranging from the worst (Class 1) to the most minor (Class 6), with widely different penalties for each. For example, Class 6 felonies are punishable by 1 year to 18 months in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000—but Class 1 felonies are punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.
- Unique laws pertaining to driving under the influence. Colorado has two distinct charges for intoxicated drivers: driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI). The former is charged for cases where the driver’s BAC was above the acceptable threshold (0.08), while the latter may be charged in instances where the driver was not legally drunk, but still intoxicated enough to impact their driving ability.
- The habitual offender law, which severely punishes those who commit repeat felonies. However, some opponents consider this law overly harsh and only serves to make those who make mistakes “career criminals,” rather than helping to rehabilitate their lives.
We have an extensive understanding of these laws and more that can impact your penalties and your potential future after your arrest.
Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, please contact us immediately for a free, confidential consultation. Our law firm is dedicated to fighting for your legal rights and freedom. Let us help you get the defense and support you need in a difficult time.