In a recent blog posting, the office of District Attorney was described. District Attorneys prosecute defendants in Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, or Adams County. They are publically elected officials whose first duty is to their voting public. They prosecute people who they have charged and automatically assume are guilty of crimes like Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305), Public Indecency (CRS 18-7-301), or Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404).
Police Officers, who work closely with the Larimer, Weld, and Douglas County District Attorneys, have their own agendas and it is best to be aware of the motives a police officer will have. If a police officer arrests you, they are not your friend. They are not interested in finding the truth; they are only interested in getting “another deadbeat” off the streets. The more arrests a police officer has, the more impressive he looks to his peers and the more valuable he looks to his supervisors.
There are three different types of law enforcement in Colorado. Police officers work for the city. Englewood, Centennial, and Aurora all have their own police departments. Sheriffs and Sheriff's Deputies work for the county, and state troopers and state patrol are on the state level. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but they are quite different, with different job descriptions.
All law enforcement in Colorado share a main goal of improving their careers. They presume anyone they arrest is guilty. Do not say anything to them. They seem to have a bad habit of only recording things you say that could be damaging, and forgetting other statements that might help in your defense.
Police officers do a lot to protect people in Broomfield, Boulder, and Brighton. This article is not saying that police are terrible people that should be avoided. They do much good. We are thankful when they eventually arrive during a frightening situation or provide assistance when we are in need. But they can just as quickly turn the tables on you.
If police arrest you for serious felony sex crime charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.