Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

Over 120 Years of Experience on Your Side

Don't let a criminal arrest ruin your future! If you have been charged with a crime, you are at risk of being forced to pay steep fines and sent to jail or prison, in addition to the fact that you would end up with a conviction on your criminal record, which could make it exceedingly difficult to get hired for a job. The actions you take immediately after an arrest can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the case. Take your first step toward beating the charges by contacting a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP.

We have more than 120 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of our clients, and we practice in courts up and down the Front Range from Pueblo to Colorado Springs, Parker and Denver. Our lawyers have even won the Best Attorney categories in the 2012 Best of the Springs and Best of Colorado Springs. Our attorneys are highly rated and have received numerous honors for their excellent legal servicce.

Some of our latest awards include:

  • “Best Lawyers in America” from Best Lawyers (2017 lucite/plaque) – Michael Clawson
  • “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Matthew Clawson
  • “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Michael Clawson
  • “National Ranking - Top 10 Attorney Award” from National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (2016) – Matthew Clawson
  • “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of Legal Advocates (2016) – Matthew Clawson
  • “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of Legal Advocates (2016) – Michael Clawson
  • “Colorado Springs CO Top 3 Divorce Lawyers” from 3 Best Rated (2016) - Matthew Clawson
  • “10 Best - Client Satisfaction Award for 2 Years” From American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015/2016) – Matthew Clawson

Contact us now for a free, confidential consultation to discuss the circumstances of your arrest and learn about strategies we can use in your defense.

Types of Criminal Cases We Represent

DUI
Drinking and driving is not merely a traffic offense in Colorado – it is a crime, punishable by time in jail, steep fines and a driver's license suspension. The average costs of a first time DUI conviction have been estimated to range as high as $10,000 including fines, vehicle impoundment and insurance rate increases, while the costs of a repeat offense can be even greater, in addition to the possibility of social and professional consequences.

Theft Crimes
A theft crime conviction can have a devastating effect on your future. As a crime of dishonesty, a theft conviction can make it difficult or impossible to find suitable housing or even employment. The severity of the penalties you face depends on the value of stolen goods and whether you are accused of using a weapon or physical violence.

Sex Crimes
If you are convicted of a sex crime such as possession of child pornography or rape, the penalties you face would extend far beyond any fines and time behind bars. You would most likely be required to register as a sex offender, meaning that your photo, name, home address and details about your conviction would be posted to a publicly searchable website maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Drug Crimes
The recent change to Colorado marijuana laws changes the legal landscape for drug crimes, but you can still be arrested and convicted for a wide variety of drug related offenses in this state, including manufacturing, distribution and trafficking. Learn about the penalties you face and strategies that can be used in your defense.

White Collar Crimes
Few people who commit white collar crimes expect that they will ever be arrested, and many who are accused didn't even realize they were breaking the law. If you are under investigation for a crime such as fraud, embezzlement or identity theft, it is vital that you take action now to defend yourself against the consequences you face.

Criminal Defense FAQ
Find out the answers to the most commonly asked questions about crimes and the criminal process in general. Our criminal attorneys have compiled this list of questions and answers to help you better understand your rights and legal options.

Vehicle Manslaughter
Depending on the circumstances of the crime, a vehicle manslaughter offense is punishable by up to six years in prison and $500,000 in fines. It may be possible to defeat the charges by challenging the evidence that you were the driver who caused the collision, or even that you were at the scene of the accident, provided that you seek our help as early as possible.

Manslaughter
The goal in many murder cases is to have the charge reduced to manslaughter, but this does not mean that manslaughter is not a serious charge in its own right. The penalties for this crime are harsh, in addition to the fact that you would have to live into the future with the stigma of being held responsible for the death of another person.

Assault
The police will often make an arrest for assault on evidence that is no stronger than the statement of the alleged victim. Often, the situation may be exaggerated-the perpetrator did not actually make a threat of violence-or perhaps the alleged victim was actually the one who committed the assault. Many assault cases are based on knowingly false allegations.

Internet Crimes
Defending against charges of crime on the internet requires a thorough understanding of the principles of digital forensics, as the evidence in this type of case is substantially different from a normal case. Perhaps you were not the person who was using the computer at the time of the crime, or maybe you have been the victim of a computer virus which caused your computer to download illicit files?

Expungement
Living with a criminal record can be difficult, to say the least. Not only do you have to deal with the social stigma of having a criminal background, but you also have to disclose the fact of the conviction when requested to do so by a landlord or potential employer. You may, however, be able to have your record expunged, making it possible for you to make a fresh start.

Juvenile Crimes
An attorney from our firm is ready to take immediate action to help you resolve your child's arrest, and we may be able to handle the situation with little or no consequence for your child's future. There is a great deal at stake, with potential damage to your child's academic and professional career, so you must seek help now.

Felony Crimes
The most serious criminal charges that one can be accused of are felony offenses. These high-level crimes are categorized into six different classes, and the penalties range from one year in prison to life in prison and even the death penalty.

Domestic Violence
When you have been arrested for domestic violence, your best friend may be an attorney from our firm. We can help you seek to get the no-contact order lifted, as well as fighting to clear your name of the charges and keep you out of jail. This may be a stressful situation, but you can find experienced guidance and dedicated representation from the team at our firm.

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Called in for questioning?

Many of our clients seek our help after they have been arrested or when a loved one is in custody, but others have merely been contacted by investigators. If you have been asked to come in for questioning in relation to a crime, you may think that this is your opportunity to tell your side of the story and clear up the situation. After all, the investigators seem very friendly and the situation seems very straightforward to you, right? The truth is that you should not assume that the detective is your friend. His or her job is to solve crimes, and the reason you have been contacted is that he or she thinks you did it.

Do you really need to hire a criminal defense attorney?

Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys in Colorado Springs

If you go in to tell your story, you will merely be giving the police evidence they can use against you. Even if you don't admit to committing the crime, you may end up helping the police enormously by confirming facts such as that you were at the scene of the crime. Even worse, you might lie to the police, which could get you in even worse trouble. Don't run the risk of incriminating yourself. Inform the detective that you have hired us to represent you, so that we can intervene on your behalf and seek to resolve the situation in your favor.

Contact us as soon as possible and start building the strong criminal defense you deserve!

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