H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.
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2018-Colorado-Enacts-New-False-Reporting-Law-To-Stop-Swatting-18-8-111-300x200In 2018 – the Colorado State Legislature ennacted a new kind of False Reporting law to punish those who make “fake” 911 calls creating phony emergencies.

What Is “Swatting?”

The practice is called “swatting” because, in some cases, the intent of the alleged perpetrator is to lure a SWAT team to the location. “Swatting” involves actually creating the image of a fake emergency, which can include elements such as a report of a live shooter or of a hostage situation.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law - Damn It - Never, Ever, Ever Talk to the Police - There Is No Upside.Colorado Criminal Law – Damn It – Never, Ever, Ever Talk to the Police There Is No Upside – It is incredible why so many people under investigation insist on telling their story to the police – naively believing that they are helping their case. The truth is this – never, ever, ever talk to the police after you have identified yourself.

When a police officer tells you he is there to “get to the truth,”the “truth” is the police see themselves as part of the prosecutor’s team…. not your team.

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Colorado Criminal Law - Post Verdict Bail Now Denied In Certain Domestic Violence Cases-1Colorado Criminal Law – Post Verdict Bail Now Denied In Certain Domestic Violence Cases – The denial of bail in Colorado occurs only in the most extreme criminal cases and usually under the most extreme circumstances. That list of crimes now that include the denial of bail following conviction in certain criminal cases will expand on August 9, 2019 to include certain Colorado Domestic Violence convictions such as Felony Stalking.

When and how this can occur is addressed in this 2017 blog update.

The Right To Bail Conviction In Colorado

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Drug Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Helping Colorado Judges Understand The Opioid Crisis - How Defendants Get HookedThere are many reasons why people are charged with drug crimes in Colorado. The most recent epidemic of heroin possession cases can, in large part, be tied to the opioid crisis. Understanding how many those accused of the illegal possession of serious controlled substances such as heroin come to use and possess this drug is critical to defending these cases in Colorado criminal courts.

First – How Opioids Affect The Body

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By H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Domestic Violence Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law - When The Victim Lures You Into Violating A Colorado Restraining - Protection OrderColorado Criminal Law – When The “Victim” Lures You Into Violating A Colorado Restraining – Protection Order – Mandatory restraining orders in Colorado criminal cases, are not “reciprocal.” They are enforced, especially in domestic violence cases, in unjust and unfair ways. This article looks at policy issues regarding the enforcement of these “protective orders.”

Colorado laws regarding the protection of “victims” of domestic violence have evolved in the past few decades. While the intention is of these laws is to unquestionably provide protection to the victims of abuse, these laws include policies such as mandatory arrests, so called “no drop” rules, and no contact orders, that have impacts never intended by the state legislators who have marshalled these policies into law.

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New Law - 2017 Judges Must Allow Medical Marijuana Use While On Colorado Bail

New Law – 2017 Judges Must Allow Medical Marijuana Use While On Colorado Bail

By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Drug Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

New Law – 2017 Judges Must Allow Medical Marijuana Use While On Colorado Bail

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law - Should I Testify At My Trial - The Research Will Surprise YouColorado Criminal Law – Should I Testify At My Trial? The Research Will Surprise You – One of the most difficult decisions in any Colorado criminal trial is the decision whether to testify or not to testify on your own behalf.

This decision to testify or not to testify is uniquely the Defendant’s – not the lawyer’s, the judge’s or the prosecutor’s. Understanding the way juries think about a Defendant’s decision to NOT testify at trial is critical. A Defendant must have all of the variables necessary to make an informed decision as to whether the risk of testifying is worth it.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Why Isn’t My Lawyer More Aggressive With The JudgeWhy Isn’t My Lawyer Getting More Aggressive With The Judge? The perception that a criminal defense lawyer is not “fighting for you” in court because the lawyer is well known and well received by the District Attorney/Prosecutor is a common flaw in the thinking of persons uninitiated to the criminal justice system.

The advertisements that flood the internet and our television screens of flamboyant “pit bull” trial lawyers prey on those who believe the more aggressive you appear with a Judge for example – the better the result.

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Colorado Criminal Law - Tricks Police Use To Get Your Statement - The Interview Room.jpgBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colorado Criminal Law – Tricks Police Use To Get You To Confess – The Interview Room Even the interview room itself is designed to play a role in wearing down the target, whether that target is the suspect, a witness, or even possibly the alleged victim of a crime.

Designing The Interview Room – Where The Interrogation Takes Place

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Colorado Criminal Law - Pleading The 5th (Fifth) - Understanding Your Right To Remain Silent
Colorado Criminal Law – Pleading The 5th (Fifth) – Understanding Your Right To Remain Silent – “Pleading the Fifth” seems like a line out of an old Jimmy Cagney gangster movie – but in actuality it is – in my opinion – the single most important civil right asserted in the criminal justice system.

The right is simple on its face but much tougher to apply in different contexts:

U. S. Constitution – Fifth Amendment: