H. Michael Steinberg has 38+ 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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Colorado Law - Plain View and Unlabeled Prescription Bottles
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Limits on the “Plain View Exception” to the 4th Amendment’s Requirement for a Search Warrant

Both the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article II, section 7 of the Colorado Constitution prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures. Any analysis of an alleged violation of your Fourth Amendment rights begins with an understanding of what the right actually protects – your right to privacy, …for the government to leave you alone.

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Colorado Decision Ends Mixed Sentences - Prison then Probation
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – A Massively Important Decision for Colorado Criminal Law

In late 2019 the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously decided Allman v People. The holding of the case was simple – “mixed sentences,”– sentences in the same case that imposed prison followed by probation, were illegal both prospectively, and retroactively.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Your Criminal Defense Lawyer is a Lawyer

There is no question that a person charged with a crime in Colorado is under enormous stress that can affect the mental and physical health of that person, as well as family and even close friends. Further, relationships at work or at school can also be impacted by a criminal charge to include the financial strains of funding the defense of the case.

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Understanding Colorado’s Child Abuse Laws Can Be Challenging- 18-6-401
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

The nightmare of  a child’s criminal charge is compounded when, as a parent, you are also criminally charged for your child’s acts.

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Don't Give up Your Dog without a Warrant - § 18-9-204.5Guest Blog Post by Kristina Bergsten, Esquire of The Animal Law Firm

At The Animal Law Firm, our Colorado animal lawyers see a lot of good dogs turned over to animal control under pressure from animal control officers. However, you do not have to do this. They are required, under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, to obtain a warrant to seize property from you.

If your dog is accused of violating Colorado’s Unlawful Ownership of a Dangerous Dog statute, make them get a warrant to take your dog from you. Don’t give up your dog.

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Understanding Reckless Driving Charges in Colorado - 42-4-1401
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – A Reckless Driving Conviction Can Impact Your Life

There is an important line that is crossed when a Colorado police writes you a summons for reckless driving rather than the lesser charge of careless driving.

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – the Confusing State of Colorado Law on Stun Guns

The use of stun guns and Tasers in Colorado may present as confusing to those intending to use the weapon in self-defense.  This brief article is intended to clarify the state of the law for those considering arming themselves with this significant weapon.

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Inventory Searches - the Illegal Seizure and Search of Vehicles in Colorado
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – the Issue – Search and Seizure of Your Car When You Are Arrested

While I have written on this subject in the past, a recent Colorado case, People v Thomas, has brought the issue of the seizure, and inventory searches of vehicles once again to the attention of criminal defense lawyers across the state.

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Is a Concussion Serious Bodily Injury Under Colorado’s Assault Laws?
By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction – Colorado First and Second Degree Felony Assaults v. Third Degree Misdemeanor Assaults and the Role of Serious Bodily Injury

To understand a diagnosis of a finding that an alleged victim of a Colorado assault case suffered serious bodily injury, one must begin with a close analysis of the different levels of possible charges of assault under Colorado law.

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Major Change Lowers Penalty for Colorado Community Corrections ViolationsBy H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

Introduction

Two significant changes that will have a major impact on cases involving alleged violations of Colorado Community Correction sentences were quietly enacted in 2020.