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 Fifth Amendement Right To Remain Silent – Taking the Fifth

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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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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: