Superior Arapahoe County Criminal Defense Representation
Being arrested and charged with a crime can be distressing and scary. Compounding the stress of an arrest and criminal charges can be having to face the complicated criminal justice system, as well as the threat of harsh penalties, like jail or prison time.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important for you to remember that:
- You are not alone, and you have rights.
- You are legally innocent in the eyes of the law until guilt has been proven.
- You can get the strongest defense representation from the Arapahoe County Criminal Defense Attorney John F. Miquel.
Since 2001, Attorney John F. Miquel has been vigorously defending the rights of the accused, providing them with effective defense representation as he works tirelessly to bring their cases to the best possible resolution.
While the following provides more details about our firm’s criminal defense services and practice, don’t hesitate to contact us when you are ready to receive specific answers about your best options for resolving felony or misdemeanor charges in Colorado. Attorney John F. Miquel is ready to discuss your case and provide you with the advice and answers you need to protect your rights and interests as you move forward.
The Criminal Defense Practice
At Law Firm of John F. Miquel, our criminal defense practice is focused on fighting unjust, unsubstantiated and unnecessary criminal charges. Dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused – and upholding the ideal that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, Attorney John F. Miquel has extensive experience bringing various types of criminal cases – including the following – to favorable resolutions.
A DUI arrest in Colorado can result in two independent cases for drivers to deal with:
- An administrative case with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – This case focuses on determining whether motorists who have been arrested for an alleged DUI should be able to retain their driving privileges. It typically proceeds on a faster timeline than the DUI court case.
- A criminal case with the court – This case is focused on determining whether an accused driver is, in fact, guilty of the alleged drunk driving offense.
Having the representation of an experienced DUI lawyer – like Arapahoe County DUI Lawyer John F. Miquel – in both of these cases can be integral to:
- Preserving your rights and freedoms
- Limiting the possibility of conviction in the criminal case, which can lead to harsh penalties (like jail or prison time, expensive fines, and a criminal record)
- Putting the DUI case behind you so you can move on with your life.
Felony Defense Representation
Felony criminal charges are some of the most serious offenses people can be charged with – and they can result in severe penalties, some of which may have lifelong impacts, in the event of a conviction. Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel is skilled at defending people accused of various types of felony offenses in Colorado, including (but not necessarily limited to):
- Felony assault – First- and second-degree assault charges can be associated with Class 3 to Class 6 felony charges, depending on whether a deadly weapon was allegedly used, whether the alleged victim was a peace officer, and whether the alleged assault resulted in serious bodily injury. In the most serious cases of Class 3 felony assault charges, the potential penalties (upon conviction) can include up to 12 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.
- Burglary – First-, second- and third-degree burglary charges can range from being Class 3 to Class 5 felonies, depending on whether a weapon is used in the course of the alleged burglary, as well as whether anyone is hurt during the alleged offense, whether controlled substances are allegedly stolen, etc.
- Gun charges – Felony gun charges can be associated with various offenses, such as knowingly buying illegal firearms or illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. The level/class of these gun charges can vary widely, depending on the circumstances of the case and the criminal history of the accused.
- Homicide and murder – As one of the most serious offenses under Colorado law, these charges are usually filed as Class 1 to Class 5 felonies, depending on whether they involve allegations of first- or second-degree murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, etc. With this class of crimes, some of the main factors that can play a role in determining the severity of the felony charges include intent, premeditation, and heat-of-passion.
- Motor vehicle theft – These charges, which can be filed for the alleged theft of cars, as well as boats or airplanes, can vary in severity, usually ranging from Class 3 to Class 6 felonies. Some of the main factors that can impact the severity of these felony charges include whether a weapon and/or threats were used in the course of the alleged theft, as well as the value of the item(s) allegedly stolen.
- Aggravated and simple robbery – Robbery charges tend to be filed as Class 3 felonies (when a weapon was allegedly used in the commission of the offense) or Class 4 felonies (when no weapon was allegedly involved).
- Theft – The severity of theft charges will depend on the value of property that has allegedly been stolen, as well as whether the accused person has any prior theft convictions. In the most serious cases, such as those alleging that at least $20,000 worth of property was stolen, Class 3 felony charges can be filed.
- Arson – First- to fourth-degree arson charges can be filed when people are accused of starting fires, setting off explosions or otherwise destroying property (occupied or vacant). The most serious arson cases, which involve the alleged intent to destroy an occupied building/facility, are usually filed as Class 3 felony charges.
- Kidnapping – Various felony charges can apply when someone is accused of kidnapping another individual. Some of the factors that can impact the nature and severity of felony kidnapping charges include whether the victim was allegedly kidnapped in the course of another crime (like a robbery), whether a deadly weapon is used in the course of the alleged kidnapping, and whether the victim is released without harm.
- Stalking – Stalking charges, which can involve a combination of threats and/or repeated actions or communications with a person, can be charged as Class 4 or 5 felony charges, depending on whether the accused person has any prior stalking convictions on his or her record. When priors are involved and the more serious Class 4 felony charges apply, these stalking charges can be punishable by up to 6 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
- Identity theft – While identity theft charges are generally filed as Class 4 felonies, related charges (like possessing someone else’s credit card(s) or identification-related documents) can be filed as Class 5 or 6 felonies, depending on the specific circumstances.
- Felony menacing – These charges, which typically come into play when someone is accused of threatening another person with a deadly weapon, are generally filed as Class 5 felony charges, which can punishable by up to 3 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
Misdemeanor Defense Representation
Although less serious than felony charges, misdemeanor charges can still come with some costly, long-lasting penalties that may impact people’s freedom, reputation and future opportunities.
Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel has a record of success when it comes to favorably resolving various types of misdemeanor cases, including (but not limited to those) involving allegations of:
- Misdemeanor assault – Third-degree assault charges are usually filed as Class 1 misdemeanors, which can be punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
- Misdemeanor menacing – These charges involve allegations of threatening someone with serious bodily harm, and they are typically filed as Class 3 misdemeanors, which can be punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
- Harassment – Harassment charges, which can arise from threats, use of obscenities and/or physical contact, are commonly filed as Class 3 misdemeanors.
- Child abuse – Although child abuse charges can be filed as Class 1 misdemeanors, the severity of these charges can rise to the felony level if the alleged abuse has resulted in serious or life-threatening bodily harm to a child.
Domestic violence charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on whether the accused person has any prior domestic violence convictions on his or her record.
Even when these charges are filed as misdemeanors, however, they can have serious impacts – possibly effecting an accused person’s family and/or professional life.
Regardless of whether you may be facing misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charges, you can count on Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel for a strong, effective defense against them.
Drug Crimes Defense Representation
Successfully fighting drug crime charges can be the key to preserving reputations, careers and possibly even futures. Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel is skilled and effective at fighting various types of drug offense charges, including misdemeanors and felonies related to allegations of:
- Drug distribution
- Drug possession
- Marijuana crimes
Start Protecting Your Rights Now: Contact Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel
If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Colorado, don’t try to fight these charges alone. Instead, make sure you are fully and effectively protecting your rights – and that your case is positioned for the best possible outcomes – by retaining Arapahoe County Attorney John F. Miquel.
Call (303) 708-1300 or email our firm using the contact form on this page to set up an initial consultation with Attorney John F. Miquel and learn more about how he can help and serve you.
From offices based in Centennial, Attorney John F. Miquel and his experienced legal team provide the highest quality criminal defense services to people throughout Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado.
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