H. Michael Steinberg has 36 years of 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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Lawyer - Client Decisions in Criminal Cases -Who Decides What? - A GuideBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

If you are charged with a crime in Colorado understanding the exact nature of the professional relationship between you and your Colorado criminal lawyer is important to achieving the best possible result in your case. Turning over the reigns and placing complete trust in your lawyer can be very difficult at this frightening time in your life.

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Immigration Law And The Deferred Judgement - A Hobson's Choice
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – “Justice Screams for a Remedy Here.”

The clash between the criminal law of states, such as Colorado, and federal immigration law has never been more stark than a silent crisis now occurring all over the United States. A crisis of such proportion that Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel recently said, in addressing this issue, “Justice screams for a remedy here.

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Colorado Law - Infliction of Serious Bodily Injury to a Vulnerable Road User 42-4-1402.5(2) - 42-4-1402By H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

Quietly, in 2019, the Colorado State Legislature enacted a new law enhancing the penalty for automobile/pedestrian collisions. The law specifically identifies certain “vulnerable road users” and substantially enhances the penalty in such accidents, providing new protections for road users identified as “vulnerable.”

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Understanding Deferred Judgments in DUI Cases Under Colorado LawBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

Other than an immediate and complete dismissal of a case, a Colorado deferred judgment and sentence (DJ and S) plea bargain is the gold standard for all plea bargains. The only superior plea bargain offer that exists, a diversion offer, is rarely offered in a Colorado criminal cases.

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Why Is My Colorado Criminal Case Taking So Long?
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Justice Delayed

You have not heard from your criminal defense lawyer for weeks …You might ask yourself  “Why is this case taking so damn long?”

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Colorado Harassment 18-9-111(2) as a Hate Crime
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Harassment as a Hate Crime

In 2017 Colorado amended the crime of harassment by adding a “hate crime” section, which, upon conviction, enhances the penalty from a misdemeanor 3 to a misdemeanor 1 escalating the possible punishment of a maximum of six months to a maximum of 18 months.

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Colorado Courts Limit Authority of Bounty HuntersIntroduction – The Colorado Bounty Hunter

Every state, including Colorado, has legal authority over the execution of the bounty hunters that practice within the state. Some states, such as Colorado, poorly define or even fail to effectively regulate the authority and the extent of the bounty hunter’s professional “reach.”

Many of the states grant broad authority to bounty hunters – such as the gold standard of entering a fugitive’s private property without an arrest warrant to make an arrest of a fugitive.

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Colorado Assault Crimes - Serious Bodily Injury Under Colorado Law
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Level of Injury In a Colorado Assault Case Critical Difference – Definitions Under Colorado Law Offer Little Clarity

A Colorado jury’s finding that a defendant caused serious bodily injury (as opposed to the lesser form of injury – bodily injury) in an assault prosecution under Colorado law (a fistfight for example), can mean a felony conviction with a possible – or in some cases such as First Degree Assault (F-3) a mandatory eight-year prison sentence.

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Research Examines Impact of Suspect Leaving the Scene of a Domestic Violence Incident By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Recent research has established a critically important, but sad, irony involving a suspect’s decision to leave or stay at the scene of a domestic violence case and wait for the arrival of the police.

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The “Dual Arrest” Problem in Colorado Domestic Violence Cases - the Terrible Impact
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – What Is A Dual Arrest in a Colorado Domestic Violence Case?

The term “dual arrest” means the police, in investigating a domestic violence case, means arresting both (or more than two) parties at the scene. This occurs most often in Colorado domestic violence cases where it is difficult to identify the “primary aggressor” (the person responsible for starting the altercation usually striking the first blow) and both parties have been injured.