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.

Articles Tagged with Colorado Judges Responsibilities

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By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Colorado Judge cannot enter into plea negotiations between a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Judges cannot improperly pressure a defendant into a plea bargain by threatening that Defendant with a lengthy sentence if the defendant chooses to go to trial.

A Judge’s role is clear. A Judge must serve as “a neutral and impartial arbiter of justice” and never enter into or become involved in plea negotiations in a criminal case. Any Judge who does become so involved runs the risk of tainting the plea agreement and leading to a withdrawal from that agreement should the Defendant choose to exercise that right.