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Criminal Defense FAQ

Everyone has probably watched courtroom dramas and cop shows on television, but nevertheless, most people have very little understanding of how the criminal justice process works in real life. Everyone has heard the phrases “innocent until proven guilty” and “Miranda Rights” but still don’t know much about how the system works. 

Being arrested is a stressful, confusing thing. Most people who are arrested have never been arrested before, and frankly have no idea what they are facing. Many people, when they contact a criminal defense attorney, ask very similar questions about the basic process of the criminal justice system. These questions are extremely important because they help people understand what they are up against. 

Here are answers to some of the most common questions that criminal defense attorneys hear (Criminal Defense frequently asked questions): 

Q: How do I protect my rights when I have been arrested?

A: The easy answer is not to speak to police unless you have a Colorado criminal defense lawyer with you. It is very easy to say something to police that can be twisted into something else, making you look guilty. In many cases, investigators will ask you questions that you do not need to answer, questions that may violate your rights. An attorney can help you understand which questions you need to answer, and which questions you are free to stay away from. The important thing is that this is not about hiding what you may or may not have done, but rather it is about protecting your right to a fair trial.

Q: Can I win my DUI case?

A: Of course, this depends on the facts. However, whether you actually made a mistake and got behind the wheel after drinking, or have been accused of a crime that you didn’t commit, you need the assistance of a dedicated DUI defense attorney who possesses a thorough knowledge of the system, and has experience defending people both in court, and in DMV administrative hearings. Whether your idea of “winning” your case is being cleared of all charges because you were innocent, or getting the best possible situation after you made a terrible mistake, you need an attorney who will fight hard for your rights.

Q: How long does trial typically take?

A: No one knows for sure. Everyone accused of a crime has the right to a “speedy trial,” but actually knowing what that means is difficult. Most criminal prosecutions happen relatively quickly, but depending on the details of the situation, some get bogged down for months, or even longer. However, your lawyer can probably help give you some idea of what to expect. As an example, civil trials can sometimes take years to complete. Some attorneys have seen cases that aren’t resolved until a number of years after the initial incident that the case involved.

Q: How Does Bail Work?

A: A simple way to think of bail is to imagine it as a deposit against your freedom. When you pay bail, you are allowed out of jail while you await your court dates. You are promising that you will appear in court, and guaranteeing that promise with money or property. Your defense lawyer may be able to ensure that you are able to get bail, and that that bail is as low as possible. After the disposition of your case, regardless of the outcome, you receive your money or property back, as long as you did in fact appear at all of your court dates. If you fail to appear, you forfeit the bail.

Q: What Is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A: A misdemeanor is a criminal offense for which the maximum penalty is less than one year in jail. A felony is a criminal offense for which it is possible to spend more than one year in incarceration. Generally speaking, people who are sentenced to jail for misdemeanors serve their time in county jails, while those who are sentenced to over a year are generally transferred to a state prison. There are many crimes, such as theft, which may be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the offense. In these cases, one possible strategy for your defense might be to argue that the particular crime of which you are accused should be a misdemeanor and not a felony.

Q: Does everyone who is convicted go to jail?

A: No. There is generally a range of penalties, which may be at the discretion of the judge. It is in fact not unusual for a first-time offender to be given a penalty that does not involve jail for non-violent crimes. In some cases, the penalty may be fines and/or restitution, while in others the penalty may be a suspended sentence, in which case you do not have to go to jail, as long as you meet certain conditions of the court. It is important to remember that your defense lawyer’s job doesn’t end if you are convicted. He or she can still work with the prosecutor and the judge to try to secure the most lenient sentence available under the applicable statute.

The Importance of Good Representation

If you or a family member have been charged with any crime, regardless of how serious, contact an experienced lawyer immediately. Protecting your rights begins right away,and can be the difference between putting an ugly situation behind you, and having your future ruined by the charges. Those who are facing criminal charges have rights that deserve to be protected. The right attorney will fight to protect those rights.

Contact Mertes Law For Help Today

You need a Boulder Criminal Defense Attorneys who will work tirelessly to uncover any evidence which will effectively weaken the criminal case against you. You need an attorney you can place your trust in when your freedom, your rights, your family, your career and your future are all on the line, and the Mertes Law Firm can provide everything you need following your criminal offense charges. Contact the Mertes Law Firm today.  Call us at 303-440-0123 to start fighting these serious charges.

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– Katie S. –

Larry Mertes is exceptional. His legal advice, guidance, and compassion resulted in a positive legal outcome and our family healing. He is much more than a talented and educated attorney, he was a beacon of hope and a friend during our families darkest hour.

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– M. Rider –

The Mertes Law Firm handled my case with care, compassion, and the high level of professionalism. I would highly recommend Larry Mertes to anyone needing legal assistance.

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I have had fair and great representation with this firm.

“Larry and his staff took excellent care of both my husband and I”

– Car Accident Client –

Larry and his staff took excellent care of both my husband and I. My injury was not severe but it changed both of our lives. I am not a fan of litigation so I tried to get better on my own. My treatments were costly and I continued to struggle. I had to give up many of the things that gave me pleasure. Larry made me realize that I still had rights even though I had a previous injury. I was not the same person. It was good to have Larry in my corner.

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– Christa –

Larry Mertes and staff provided me with exceptional representation in my biggest time of need. After being rear-ended, I attempted to handle everything myself, which ended up feeling like a second job. I was in deep turmoil with paperwork, doctor bills, physical and mental pain, and confusion….and Larry Mertes and his team set up a free consultation immediately. They explained the whole process clearly, and eased my mind by handling the case. I’m extremely satisfied with their professionalism, time, dedication, and care that they showed me and my case. Someone I know recommended Larry to me and now I recommend him to you!

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– Nyxi –

I love Mertes Law. Not only is Larry Mertes a brilliant, thorough, experienced, knowledgeable, and well networked lawyer, he is a kind, intuitive, caring, trustworthy, and genuine person. What seemed like an unfortunate circumstance actually ended up a blessing in disguise, and meeting and hiring Mertes Law was the catalyst. I now have a greater understanding of the insurance business so I can make sure I’m taken care of. The health care professionals Larry put me in contact with matched my personal needs and I’ve retained lasting, cherished relationships, both professionally and personally. Thank you!

“A great choice in an attorney for us.”

– Anonymous –

We hired Larry to help seal the files of felony charge for my husband that had occurred several years ago. There were a lot of crazy circumstance to the original case/charges that made it seem impossible. It was difficult to do for many reasons but Larry got it done.

“The entire staff was great!”

– John –

They handled a DWI and Criminal Mischief case for us. Very patient and helpful!! The entire staff was GREAT!!!

“Great services, and excellent result, well worth the time and money!”

– Jeremy –

Larry Mertes handled my DUI case in a very professional manner. I got positive feedback from the start, as he had a lot of questions I never would have thought of when we had our initial consultation. I understood that due to the large number of cases the firm handles, I had to be patient to hear a response back. But it was always a very thorough response, and he made good suggestions. TJ Willard also assisted in my case, and helped me to win my administrative hearing by simply stating the facts and explaining that I was only sitting in the vehicle, and not actually driving it. He had helped Larry a great deal with my case and I would also recommend his services. Larry had recommended a good course of action for me to take to help my case to include gathering as much information and evidence as I could and attending alcohol classes ahead of time for my DUI charge. All of this preparation had helped put me in a good situation. He had presented an excellent argument toward the District Attorney stating that I had not intended to drive, and was merely sitting in the car staying warm to try to figure out what to do next. He also mentioned the arresting officer had no reasonable suspicion for approaching my vehicle because I had tinted windows and he could not see inside. I was also parked legally in a parking garage. The DA had later reached a plea bargaining agreement, and I plead guilty to a reckless driving offense with community service, and my DUI charge had been dismissed. Well worth the cost and peace of mind of maintaining a clean criminal record. I would strongly recommend Larry Mertes for his legal services! Thank you!

“Reduced 4 felonies to deferred misdemeanor…”

– Rob –

Larry and TJ were very adept at handling both my son and the DA in dealing with my son’s felony charges. With some sage advice to take an extra two weeks on bond, my son was able to demonstrate he was trying to get back on track, and the bond officer was able to give an excellent report. TJ was right there helping my son see what he needed to do, and encourage him to keep trying to put his best foot forward with the judge, DA, and bond officer.

“Superior…”

– Jack –

Mr. Mertes resolved my case in a expedient and professional manner. I had multiple serious charges and he was able to reduce my felony charges down to a 1st class misdemeanor. He was very compassionate and was always available to discuss my case. From arrest to disposition was only 36 days. He should be appointed to be a judge in my opinion.

“Mertes Law Office did an outstanding job…”

– Max H. –

The Mertes Law Office did an outstanding job in analyzing each piece of my case and strategizing ways to determine whether or not I was charged fairly. Throughout dealing with me their team stayed on top of everything, made sure I was informed and updated in addition they answered all of my questions promptly. In the end I was able to keep a clean record and received the best outcome due to their recommendations. Mertes Law will not disappoint.

“Exceptional law firm and had a great experience with them!”

– Abigail A. –

Exceptional law firm and had a great experience with them! 100% recommend 🙂

“Larry represented me a few times for cases involving auto accidents and he never ceased to impress.”

– Brycen –

Larry represented me a few times for cases involving auto accidents and he never ceased to impress. He understands the system and insurance companies very well and always painted a clear picture of what the plan was. His coaching for times when I had to speak, like depositions, was always on point. He referred me to great doctors who helped me get healthy and whose reports helped aid our case. Whenever Larry was wasn’t immediately available, the staff was always eager and willing to help. Beyond being great at what he does, Larry also took interest in my personal life by getting to know me and ensuring the legal process didn’t derail everything else in my life. He cared from day 1 and it has always been appreciated.

“Mertes Law Firm has helped our family in many ways!”

– Lori –

Mertes Law Firm has helped our family in many ways! They are smart, thorough and willing to step outside the box to find solutions. In times of much stress, they can be counted on to provide information in a format that is easy to understand. I cannot recommend them enough.

“I’m so happy and grateful I chose them to help me.”

– Sara –

I’ve recently used Mertes Law and cannot be happier with their service. Both Larry and Pete made me feel welcome and helped ease my worries about possible outcomes. They always kept me in the loop and made sure I understood all of my options before I made a decision. If it wasn’t for their professional guidance, I wouldn’t have had the outcome I received. I’m so happy and grateful I chose them to help me. I would never use anyone else and highly recommend them both.

“Larry and his staff have been great resources for my family and I.”

– Michael U. –

Larry and his staff have been great resources for my family and I. Providing excellent guidance in a timely and fashionable manner. Highly recommended.

“Larry Mertes is a dedicated and experienced attorney committed to putting the needs of his clients first.”

– Leb B. –

Larry Mertes is a dedicated and experienced attorney committed to putting the needs of his clients first.

“5 stars”

– Travis L. –

5 stars

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Successfully defended a CU student in a Title IX Sexual Misconduct claim alleging non-consensual sexual contact and sexual intercourse on campus at CU Boulder. No criminal charges filed, client found not responsible.

TITLE IX DEFENSE

Client Found Not Responsible

Boulder, CO

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Burn injury case at a nursing home in Boulder, settled for $675,000.

Personal Injury – Elder Abuse

$675,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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Slip and fall accident at a fast food restaurant in Longmont, settled for $82,500.

Personal Injury – Slip and Fall

$82,500 Settlement

Longmont, CO

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Personal injury case in Denver tried for a verdict exceeding policy limits ($390,990 with costs and interest).

Personal Injury – Negligence

$390,990 Verdict

Denver, CO

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Negligent snow board accident at a ski resort, settled for $225,000.

Personal Injury – Ski Accident

$225,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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Professional malpractice claim in El Paso County, settled for $140,000.

Personal Injury – Professional Malpractice

$140,000 Settlement

El Paso County, Colorado

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Car accident in Longmont resulting in a brain injury. Settled for $350,000.

PERSONAL INJURY – TBI

$350,000 Settlement

Longmont, CO

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Bicycle accident in Boulder County resulting in a damaged shoulder. Settled for $120,000.

PERSONAL INJURY – BICYCLE ACCIDENT

$120,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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Rear-end car accident in Boulder, settled for $245,ooo.

PERSONAL INJURY – CAR ACCIDENT

$245,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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Sex assault trial involving a religious cult in Boulder. Resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – SEXUAL ASSAULT

Not Guilty Jury Verdict

Boulder, CO

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Second degree assault charge in Boulder reduced to a misdemeanor menacing charge.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – ASSAULT

Reduced Charge

Boulder, CO

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Sex assault on a cognitively impaired person charge in Boulder that resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – ASSAULT

Not Guilty Jury Verdict

Boulder, CO

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Domestic Violence and second degree assault charge in Longmont reduced to a misdemeanor with deferred sentence.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Reduced Charge

Longmont, CO

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DUI charge in Weld County reduced to Careless Driving.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DUI

Reduced Charge

Weld County

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DUI charge in Longmont, reduced to Careless Driving. Work up of the client’s medical condition resulted in a plea result, but also saved the client from blindness when an untreated glaucoma was identified as a causal factor.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DUI

Reduced Charge

Longmont, CO

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