H. Michael Steinberg has 36 years of 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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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – A Reckless Driving Conviction Can Impact Your Life

There is an important line that is crossed when a Colorado police writes you a summons for reckless driving rather than the lesser charge of careless driving.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – the Confusing State of Colorado Law on Stun Guns

The use of stun guns and Tasers in Colorado may present as confusing to those intending to use the weapon in self-defense.  This brief article is intended to clarify the state of the law for those considering arming themselves with this significant weapon.

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Inventory Searches - the Illegal Seizure and Search of Vehicles in Colorado
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – the Issue – Search and Seizure of Your Car When You Are Arrested

While I have written on this subject in the past, a recent Colorado case, People v Thomas, has brought the issue of the seizure, and inventory searches of vehicles once again to the attention of criminal defense lawyers across the state.

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Is a Concussion Serious Bodily Injury Under Colorado’s Assault Laws?
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Colorado First and Second Degree Felony Assaults v. Third Degree Misdemeanor Assaults and the Role of Serious Bodily Injury

To understand a diagnosis of a finding that an alleged victim of a Colorado assault case suffered serious bodily injury, one must begin with a close analysis of the different levels of possible charges of assault under Colorado law.

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Major Change Lowers Penalty for Colorado Community Corrections ViolationsBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

Two significant changes that will have a major impact on cases involving alleged violations of Colorado Community Correction sentences were quietly enacted in 2020.

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Understanding Colorado One on One Show-Up Procedures A Close LookBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – the Very Real Danger of Misidentification as a Result of One on One Show-ups at the Scene of a Colorado Criminal Investigation

Ashow-up” is a procedure used by the police where a lone potential suspect of a recently committed crime is presented in person to an eyewitness to determine if that individual was involved in the commission of the crime.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – One Set of Facts – Several Crimes Charged – Is That Legal?

I am often asked how one can be charged for multiple crimes in the same case for the same conduct – the so-called unlawful “duplicative” charging issue.

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Search and Seizure Law Have You Been Seized by A Police OfficerBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – What Does It Mean to be Seized?

The phrase “search and seizure” is very familiar to most Americans, but a clear understanding by most of us of the moment when one is constitutionally “seized” – is a different question and is the subject of this brief piece.

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The Impossible Defense of Impossibility in ColoradoBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

The complexities of successfully defending a Colorado criminal case require a thorough and comprehensive review of any and all of the possible legal defenses available for the case at hand. One of those defenses that should be explored is the defense of impossibility.

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The Colorado Deferred Judgement and the Split PleaBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

Estimates of the number of criminal cases settled by agreement – a plea bargain – are somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of all cases across the country.