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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 Criminal Defense Lawyer

Probation Violations Based On The Commission A New Crime - And “Biased” JudgesTwo Types Of Colorado Probation Violations

The two basic types of probation violations are technical violations and violations based upon the commission of new crimes. Judges who sentence Defendants in the latter type of cases often express disappointment that reflects their regret that by granting probation they “took a chance” on the Defendant and that risk was a mistake.

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Colorado Prescription Fraud Cases - C.R.S. 18-18-415Prescription Fraud crimes in Colorado under C.R.S. 18-18-415 are becoming more common in a time when an opioid addiction crisis is gripping the nation.

The crime, commonly referred to as “script fraud” basically consists of using fraud, deceit, or forgery to obtain prescription drugs. It is a Class Four Drug Felony (DF-4) and brings with it a possible sentence of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $100,000.00 fine.

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Colorado Right To A Speedy TrialSpeedy trial – Simplified

The Sixth Amendment Protects The Right To A Speedy Trial

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Taking Your Blood In Colorado Criminal Cases - Involuntary Warrantless Blood Draws
The question of whether law enforcement can take your blood involuntarily in an alcohol-related criminal case is a critically important case to understand.  The involuntary taking of blood from an individual by the State calls into question serious and important issues of constitutional law.

Taking involuntary blood samples involves a compelled physical intrusion beneath the subject’s skin and into his veins for use as evidence in a criminal investigation. This kind of invasion of bodily integrity implicates an individual’s most deeply held expectations of privacy.

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Understanding Colorado's Domestic Violence Relinquishment Of Guns LawIf you have been charged with Domestic Violence in Colorado – most likely you will be required to divest possession of any guns and or ammunition you may have in your home or automobile.

On the restraining order form you will be required to sign in open court is the following paragraph:

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First Some Basic 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Law

Colorado Dog Sniff Search LawA Dog Sniff Alone Is NOT A Search Under State And Federal Law

The Federal and State Constitutions give people the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. U.S. Const. amend. IV; Colo. Const. art. II, § 7; A warrantless search is presumptively unreasonable, violating the Fourth Amendment unless it falls under an exception to the requirement

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer – Attorney

Colorado Criminal Law - Post Verdict Bail Now Denied In Certain Domestic Violence Cases-1Colorado Criminal Law – Post Verdict Bail Now Denied In Certain Domestic Violence Cases – The denial of bail in Colorado occurs only in the most extreme criminal cases and usually under the most extreme circumstances.

That list of crimes now that include the denial of bail following conviction in certain criminal cases will expand on August 9, 2019 to include certain Colorado Domestic Violence convictions such as Felony Stalking.

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A 2018 Colorado Pardons Update - An Unexpected Change Of Heart By The GovernorA 2018 Colorado Pardons Update – An Unexpected Change Of Heart By The Governor – Afrer nearly seven years in office, Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper begins to grant ever larger numbers of executive pardons. This article looks at the Colorado pardon laws and process and provides some insights into the how pardons actually work.

First – Understand The Colorado Laws Applying To Governor Pardons

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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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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.