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 Criminal Process

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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 - Motion To Suppress Evidence - New 2015 Case Changes Burden of Proof.jpgBy H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Online Blog

Colorado Criminal Law – Motion To Suppress Evidence – New 2015 Case Changes Burden of Proof – For over 30 years the burden of going forward in a Colorado criminal Motion to Suppress Evidence hearing was on the prosecution. With the announcement of a new case People vs Cunningham – that burden – in many Colorado criminal courtrooms – now sits with the Defendant and his or her lawyer.

The Case of People v. Cunningham 314 P.3d 1289 (Colo. 2013), 13SA179,

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Confidentiality Of Lawyer -Colorado Attorney Client Communications - Is It Safe To Talk To Your Lawyer From Jail.jpgBy H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Confidentiality Of Lawyer – Client Communications – Is It Safe To Talk To Your Lawyer From Jail? – The sanctity of lawyer client communication is one of the most fundamental of all rights accorded under Colorado criminal law.

The confidentiality of your conversations with your lawyer, doctor or spiritual advisor are among the oldest privileges accorded by our legal system.

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goingtojailBy H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney – Email

How Do Colorado Police Officers “Clear” A Criminal Investigation? – Many alleged victims of crime file charges with the various Colorado police departments – then they wait.

The following information explains how the police terminate or “complete” those investigations.

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Colorado Violation Of Bail Bond Conditions 18-8-212On May 28, 2013 – the governor of the state of Colorado John Hickenlooper signed HB 13-1242 which impacted Colorado Revised Statute 18-8-212. The latter law governs so called “technical” Bail Bond violations.

The change was called “Concerning a Repeal of the Mandatory Sentencing Requirement for Violation of Bail Bond Conditions for Certain Offenders.”

What does the law do?

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Colorado Miranda Rights.pngOn June 17, 2013 the United States Supreme Court – in Salinas v. Texas – took a step back from the protections accorded by the Fifth Amendment’s Right To Remain Silent.

The Facts of Salinas:

Salinas – before being placed into custody – answered questions posed by a police officer in a homicide investigation. At the time he answered the questions he was not under arrest. Among the questions was a comment by the officer about the potential ballistics match as regards casings found at the scene.

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NEW DRUG LAW CHART.jpgA new Colorado drug crime sentencing bill SB – 13-250 – has resulted in massive and POSITIVE changes to Colorado’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act. The new law creates too many changes to include in this short blog.

If you wish a thorough analysis of the law – please follow this LINK to my Colorado Drug Crimes Website – for a more complete look at the law.

In A Nutshell – here is what the law does:

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Colorado Mirand Rights Law.jpgBy Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney – Colorado Miranda Rights Law – H. Michael Steinberg

Colorado Miranda Rights Law is sometimes not only internally complex but is ever evolving for law enforcement since the original Miranda decision so many years ago.

Understanding the application of the Miranda decision – the imposition of the advisement and issues surrounding the waiver of your Miranda rights requires a close look at the law and what constitutes a valid waiver of those rights.

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In March of this year (2012) the United States Supreme Court decided two cases that will change the face of plea bargaining forever.

The First Case – Cooper

In Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye: Two U. S. Supreme Court cases involving criminal defendants who claim that their convictions should be overturned because they may have been convicted on lesser charges had their defense attorneys not given them bad advice.

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Quietly, and not long ago, the Colorado State Legislature passed SB 193: Concerning the Safe Treatment of Pregnant Persons in Custody

Sponsored by Senator Hudak (D) and Representative Levy (D), this good law signed by the Governor on May 27, 2011 and made effective January 1, 2011 limits the use of restraints on pregnant women in custody or confined in prisons, city/county jails, juvenile detention, or department of human services facilities.

The staff of these institutions are NOT PERMITTED to use restraints of any kind on a pregnant woman during labor and delivery unless exceptional circumstances exist.