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.

Articles Posted in Sentencing Addicts

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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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Once in a great while, the Colorado State Legislature gets it right. Addiction is a disease and compassion is the treatment. Many years ago in Colorado, a law was enacted that gives the judge in a case more power than the prosecutor in drug USE cases. The law, printed below, conveys the authority on a Colorado Judge to find a defendant to be “in need of treatment.”

Upon making that finding, the Court can trump the prosecutor’s power and create what is commonly known as a deferred judgment plea bargain – even over the objection of the prosecutor. Upon successful completion of the deferred judgment, usually meaning drug rehabilitation programs, thelaw mandates the dismissal of the case. It is then eligible to be sealed immediately!

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