Why Is the Fast Track Strategy Used?
The case load (called a Docket) for each court has grown over the years across Colorado, in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Larimer County. With the increase in cases, the court must keep numbers down. This is why the Fast Track maneuver is utilized. If they can get someone to accept a plea bargain before they consult with an attorney, they will avoid having to go to court. This is because an experienced criminal defense attorney won't simply accept a plea bargain – he'll want to review the police reports and see discovery. We often interview key witnesses and hire investigators to dig for the truth. Because this thoroughness takes time, the court's docket grows.
Why We Believe the Fast Track Approach is Wrong
As criminal defense lawyers in Denver, Thornton and Centennial, we see the Fast Track approach as a way for the government to take advantage of people while they are vulnerable, confused, and scared. This is wrong. When someone is arrested, they are in a panic – they usually have not been arrested before, and will do anything to get out of jail. They don't have a lawyer to advise them. They don't have time to sit in jail. They are good people with jobs and families to feed. Usually, Fast Track defendants go before a judge within 24 hours of their arrest. After this, the DA proposes a plea deal in order to resolve the case before it goes to court. Unfortunately, when a person pleads guilty to Domestic Violence, it negatively affects their record. They could lose their job, will never be able to own a gun, and are struggling under the weight of a permanent restraining order. Taking a plea deal in a Fast Track case can ruin people's future. The government needs to find another solution to their overcrowding problem – perhaps start charging weak cases where there is no real evidence?Request a Free Consultation