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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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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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law - Am I In Custody? Understanding Your Miranda RightsColorado Criminal Law – Am I In Custody? Understanding Your Miranda RightsUnderstanding your Miranda rights is as simple as analyzing two questions: Were you in custody? If yes, were you questioned by law enforcement?

Both questions have to be answered in the affirmative before your so called “Miranda rights” attach the situation.

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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

Colorado Peeping Tom Privacy Laws 18-7-801 And Drones - Be Careful Out ThereWith the increasingly popularity and availability of commercial drones – the dangers of invasion of privacy charges have escalated exponentially – as a recent couple in Utah just learned.

A Utah man and his girlfriend were recently arrested on voyeurism charges for flying a drone and taping people in their homes.

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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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img001By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Theft Crimes Criminal Defense Lawyer

Employees who are assigned laptop computers upon leaving their employment should be aware of a 2016 Colorado case that addresses what they should do and not do with their employer’s laptop.

Known to some as the Colorado Computer Hacking Law, Colorado’s Computer Crime “Act” was actually two separate laws that are read together – C.R.S. § 18-5.5-101 and C.R.S. Section 18-5.5-102.

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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:

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Colorado Criminal Law - Immigration Consequences - Deportation Risk Because Of Deferred Judgement and Sentence - Withdrawal Of Plea.pngBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law – Immigration Consequences – Deportation Risk Because Of Deferred Judgement and Sentence – Withdrawal Of Plea – In Colorado a deferred judgement and sentence is often considered a “good offer” in cases where the State’s case is strong.

A deferred judgement – known as an “adjournment” in some states or “diversion” type offer in some states – “stipulated orders of continuance” or “dispositional continuance” in others, the agreement ultimately results in the withdrawal of a guilty plea and dismissal of the case after certain agreed upon conditions are met.