If you were arrested and charged with any criminal act in the State of Colorado, you may be wondering if you really need an attorney to represent you. The following are the different types of charges that you definitely want to hire a strong criminal defense attorney for. 

Personal Crimes

These are the crimes that cause any kind of physical, emotional, or mental harm to another person. Categorized as either violent crimes or homicide, a personal crime typically results in some sort of serious injury or death. Within each of these categories are specific charges, all of which you should strongly consider hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you against. 

  • First-degree murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Assault
  • Battery 
  • Arson 
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Rape 
  • Statutory rape
  • Kidnapping

Property Crimes

Property crimes are crimes that involve malicious interference with the property of another person. These charges are based on the interference or deprivation of use or enjoyment of property by one person against another. Some of the most common property crimes include burglary, theft, larceny, auto theft, robbery, and shoplifting. The circumstances surrounding a property crime charge may also give rise to other charges, like one or more of the personal crimes listed above. 

Inchoate Crimes

Inchoate crimes are crimes that were either started and not completed, or acts that assist in the commission of a crime. In these cases, a person cannot simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but rather must have taken a “substantial step” towards the completion of the actual crime. Examples of inchoate crimes include aiding and abetting, attempt, and conspiracy. While it may seem that these crimes are lesser than an actual crime that was committed, they are often punished with the same degree of severity as the underlying crime that was attempted. 

Financial | White Collar Crimes

Financial crimes (also called white-collar crimes) are statutory crimes prohibited by state or federal statute. These charges typically include deception or actual fraud for personal financial gain. While these charges are not physically violent in nature, the penalties can still include jail time and substantial fines. Examples of financial or white-collar crimes include fraud, blackmail, embezzlement, money laundering, cybercrime, and tax evasion. 

Traffic Crimes

Some traffic offenses do not involve drug or alcohol use but still carry serious penalties. For example, driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving without a license, hit-and-run accidents, vehicular assault, or reckless driving can all be charged as a criminal offense. Understanding the seriousness of these charges can help you recognize why you need to hire a criminal defense attorney. 

Alcohol and Drug Crimes

If you were charged with any kind of crime involving alcohol or drugs, you should seriously consider contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Some of the more common alcohol and drug charges include: 

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Open container violations
  • Public intoxication 
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Underage DUI
  • Boating DUI
  • Refusing to perform a breathalyzer test or provide a blood sample
  • Selling and supplying alcohol or drugs to minors
  • Drug possession 
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug trafficking

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you were charged with any of the above crimes, you may be facing significant jail time and fines. You should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you understand your rights and build a strong defense strategy. Contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Moorhead Law Group at 303-447-1400 or online today to discuss your legal options and your rights.