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Douglas County Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Douglas County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you're facing criminal charges in Douglas County, you need experienced legal representation by your side. Timing is critical in criminal cases, and we are here for you seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The experienced legal team at the Law Office of Steven Rodemer is ready to help you get through this trying time and get back to your life as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What is Considered a Criminal Case in Colorado?

There are a wide range of criminal offenses with a variety of potential repercussions ranging anywhere from fines to jail time. Being arrested for any criminal offense can be incredibly stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. In the state of Colorado, while any criminal offense is considered serious, there are a variety of classes of criminal charges ranging from petty offenses to misdemeanors to felonies. Petty offenses are considered the least serious offenses, misdemeanors are in the middle, and felonies are the most serious charges.

  • Petty Offenses - There are two types of petty offenses in the state of Colorado.

    • Class 1 petty offenses include trespassing, public indecency, and gambling, and penalties can include fines up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

    • Class 2 petty offenses can also include fines and jail time but are sentenced according to charges. Examples of class 2 petty offenses include theft, littering, and pollution violations.

  • Misdemeanors - Misdemeanor charges involve more serious criminal behaviors, and are most often handled in county court. There are three classes of misdemeanors in Colorado.

    • Class 1 misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanor charges. They can include a variety of crimes including unlawful sexual contact, assault, and indecent exposure. Class 1 misdemeanors can be accompanied by fines of $500 to $5,000 and between six and 18 months of jail time.

    • Class 2 misdemeanors include illegal concealed carry of a weapon, manufacturing, selling, or delivering drug paraphernalia, and theft of property valued between $100 and $500. Penalties include between three and 12 months of jail time and fines from $250 to $1,000.

    • Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious misdemeanor charges and can include prostitution or soliciting of a prostitute, third-degree criminal trespass, and theft of property valued at less than $100. Penalties for class 3 misdemeanors can include fines from $50 to $750 and up to six months in jail.

  • Felonies - Felony crimes in Colorado are considered the most serious. There are six levels of felony crimes, which have the highest level of punishment including large fines and prison sentences.

    • Class 1 felonies are the most serious type of felony. First-degree kidnapping, first-degree murder, and treason are examples of class 1 felonies and can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty.

    • Class 2 felonies include human trafficking, murder, sexual assault, and racketeering. Penalties include eight to 24 years in prison and fines from $5,000 to $1,000,000.

    • Class 3 felonies can include first or second-degree burglary, some types of sexual assault, arson, and vehicular homicide. Class 3 felonies can include fines up to $750,000 and four to 12 years in prison.

    • Class 4 felonies can include identity theft, robbery, manslaughter, and sexual assault and can be penalized by fines of $2,000 to $500,000 and two to six years in prison.

    • Class 5 felonies can include criminal actions like stalking, first-degree assault, or failure to register as a sex offender. Class 5 felonies are punishable by fines between $1,000 and $100,000 and up to three years in prison.

    • Class 6 felonies are the least serious type of felony in Douglas County, and Colorado as a whole. Class 6 felonies can include criminal behaviors including possession of a weapon on school property, possession of methamphetamine, or impersonating a peace officer. Penalties can include fines up to $100,000 and up to 18 months in prison.

What Should I Do if I Am Arrested in Douglas County Colorado?

If you have been arrested for any level of criminal charge, all an attorney immediately. This is not the time to rely on a public defender. Colorado criminal cases can be incredibly complex, and you need an experienced attorney with a proven track record to not only help guide you through the process, but also to increase your odds of a favorable outcome. Your attorney will help walk you through your options and make sure your legal rights are protected throughout the process.

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What are Potential Penalties if I am Convicted of Criminal Charges in Douglas County?

Criminal charges can be accompanied by a variety of penalties based on a variety of factors including charges, past criminal history, and, of course, the effectiveness of your legal representation. Penalties can include anything from fines to prison time and even the death penalty if the charges are serious enough. The more serious the charges, the more severe the penalties.

Getting to the Law Office of Steven Rodemer from Lone Tree

Choosing a criminal attorney who knows not only the law, but who is also familiar with the nuances and processes specific to Douglas County as a whole is critical in the successful outcome of a high stakes legal case. We will not only get your case handled quickly, but it is also more likely to have a favorable outcome. The Law Offices of Steven Rodemer are conveniently located and easy to reach from Douglas County, just head south on I-25. Driving and public transit directions are available by clicking on the map below, or fill out the contact form on this page for your free case evaluation.

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What Our Clients Have to Say!

Steve Rodemer Saved My Future

Steven Rodemer is no doubt the best way to go. He actually cares about who he represents and goes way out of his way to assure that clients are happy. I was worried about what was going to happen to my name and my future until I hired Steven. After talking to him on our first meeting I was completely at ease. You CANNOT go wrong hiring him, if you're in a situation that you need legal help, the smart move would be to hire Steven. I assure you that you will be thankful you did. He saved my name and my future! Steven went way out of his way to buy me a home surveillance system because of the issues I was having with an ex. What attorney do you know that is as professional as Steven and actually cares so much about his clients to do something like this?…. Exactly. Even a year down the road after everything blew over, Steven contacted me to make sure I was okay and everything was going smoothly for me. What a guy, such a great guy. Thanks Steven, thank you so much.

- Shelby, a Domestic Violence client 

First Attorney I Dealt With To Actually Listen To Me

First attorney I dealt with to actually listen to me and give honest advice. It seemed like he cared about me and my case much more than other attorneys I've met with.

- A Personal Injury Client

Steve Put Me At Ease Right Away

Highly recommended. I was scared out of my mind, Steve put me at ease right away. The outcome of my case was better than I thought it would be. He kept me I the loop the whole time and always returned my calls. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm.

- Robin, A DUI Client

I Just Can't Recommend Them Enough!!

Steven and James where amazing. Our son was arrested and charged with a drug offence, a felony 1. He was looking at a mandtory 8 year minnium sentence. We where very scared and didn't know what to do. He was a drug addict, but he needed help. He wasn't a criminal and it was his first offence. I can't express how panicked we where when we called Steve. He calmed us down over the phone and brought us is for a meeting. Steve and James took all the time we needed and explained all the possible outcomes. Then explained what was most likely. James was very patient with us and was always accessible. It was such a relief to have someone on our side. In the end they got our son in a drug program and probation. He has been clean and sober for 6 months and planning for a very bright future. I think this is exactly what he needed. Steve and James have both contacted us multiple times to check up on our son and see how he's been doing. I think that shows that they really care. Thinking back to that first day we learned what he was charged with I am so thankful we called Steve. I just can't recommend them enough!!

- Sean, a Criminal Defense Client

... Every Step Of The Way, He Fought

I would highly recommend Steve. I had a complicated car accident case that another firm in town initially took, then 'fired' me, because the insurance company denied liability and they realized they were going to have to do some work. Steve immediately filed a lawsuit, worked on the case, and three days before trial the insurance company offered the whole policy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him, as every step of the way he fought to get me the best recovery he could.

- Michelle, A Car Accident Client

You Can Trust This Firm

I hired this firm on a recommendation of a friend I met in alcohol classes. He told me that these guys were great attorneys and really well known in town. I worked with Josh and Steve and they were both great. They were both DAs before they were defense attorneys and that experience really showed in how they dealt with the prosecutors and handled my case. You can trust this firm to do a nice job on your case.

- Gabby, A DUI Client

I've Finally Found An Attorney We Can Use

I hired Mr. Rodemer for my son's felony cases. Unfortunately, my son has been in trouble a number of times, and I have had to use several attorneys in town, a total of 5 before Steve. I never got the impression that any of them were doing anything for us, and yet we were paying them a ton. My son is not a bad person, but he has some mental health issues that often create problems and he finds himself in trouble. Steve was compassionate and kind, without judging my son. But what impressed me most was that he actually did what he said he was going to. If we talked over the phone and he said he was going to file something, three days later, I would get a copy of what he filed in the mail. With the other attorneys it would always be the same response - 'I changed my mind and decided that was something we wanted to file.' The outcome on his case was better than it was the first time he was in trouble (which was much less serious). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Rodemer, I've finally found an attorney we can use.

- Debbie, A Criminal Defense Client

He Is The Man!

Steve explained the legal aspects of my case in terms I could understand. He was thorough and displayed excellent knowledge of the law. In addition, he was knowledgeable about the local ins and outs…he kept me in the know which minimized my concerns. If you want a fair shake, he is the man to get it for you.

- Dick, A Criminal Defense Client

Would Emphatically Recommend

I would emphatically recommend Steve. My case came out so much better than I ever would have guessed. On my first meeting with him, prior to having my alcohol level, he laid out various scenarios about what we would do in differing situations. Sure enough, he did exactly what he said he would, only better. He lived up to every expectation. What really solidified my opinion was one morning in Court. I arrived about 30 minutes early and watched what was happening in to every other case. It seemed like everyone got the same deal regardless of the attorney, even other attorneys I had interviewed were just parading their clients up to the front and pleading guilty. Steve got to court and the Judge promptly called my case. Steve commanded the courtroom, explaining for the prosecutor why my DUI case was being pled down to a simple speeding ticket. The Judge didn't bat an eye and accepted the plea (which I found out later is not normally allowed). After we were done as we were walking away, the Judge asked Steve about his baby, it was very clear to me that Steve is well liked and very well respected by everyone at the courthouse. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who would listen.

- Kourtney, a DUI client