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Victims Call the Police First: Lazy Defendants Lose in Denver Cases

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

It's frustrating. The whiners, the spineless, and the people who victimize themselves, are the first to call the police in Denver, Littleton, and Aurora. You know these kinds of people – the uninsured folks who take their children to the emergency room for a cold, complain about their Starbucks order so they'll get a free one, and sprain their ankle in the work parking lot and file for worker's compensation. Unfortunately, when these types of people get into disagreements, they call the police to solve their problems. And so, in the police department's eyes, they are the “victim.” These calls generally result in cases of Domestic Violence and Unlawful Sexual Contact. Our courts are overwhelmed by cases which could have been easily handled by people personally. As a result, innocent people are charged with crimes, and taxpayers have to foot the bill. What is the source of these problems? And, what can be done to stop the epidemic of ridiculous cases?

Victims Call the Police Instead of Working Out Their Problems

You may think the belief that people call the police to avoid figuring out their problems is harsh. Unfortunately, as criminal defense attorneys in Douglas, Denver, and El Paso County, we have seen this is the truth. People get into disputes; get lazy about figuring out the issues themselves, and call the police. This gives them the ability to:

  • Avoid resolving their own issues
  • Enjoy the benefits of being a “victim”
  • Feel like a celebrity who have a story to tell friends

When the police treat every person who calls them as the victim, without doing any research, it feeds irresponsible people's desire for attention. It's like feeding a stray cat. Many Domestic Violence issues could easily be figured out by talking to a counselor, or seeking help from friends. But, instead of working out the problems, many people call the police instead. They love the drama.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”90%”]Instead of working out their problems, many people call the police instead.[/pullquote]

Lazy Police Further the Problem

The reason this epidemic continues, is partly due to the police and their laziness. When a victim calls the police department in Highlands Ranch, Parker, or Colorado Springs, the police simply assume they have been victimized. They usually just charge the first person the “victim” accuses. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. They want to resolve the case quickly – investigating and looking for further evidence slows the process down.
  2. They don't want their supervisors or the “victim” to make accusations.
  3. They want to pass the case on to District Attorneys and the court as soon as possible.

The problem is then furthered by the DAs in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County. They blindly assume the person who called the police is the “victim,” because they want to support the police officer's decision. In many cases, DAs simply scan police reports right before a hearing or trial. In order to save time, they convince innocent people who have been falsely accused of crimes to accept plea agreements to avoid taking a case to trial. Sometimes, they intimidate the person by suggesting they will go to jail if they lose.

Why You Need a Lawyer if a Sex Offense Victim Calls the Police

If you have a friend or acquaintance who has called the police after an argument or misunderstanding, you need to contact an outstanding criminal defense lawyer immediately. This is because the police and the DA won't look for the evidence of the case – they won't see that you are the actual victim. You need an advocate looking for evidence and illuminating the truth of the case. We have questioned people in cases who witnessed the events of a case, but the police didn't want to speak with them. Instead, the police officer talked to the victim who called, and their friends, and that's all they wanted to hear. You need someone on your side examining the evidence and fighting for the truth, because the government won't be looking for the truth in your case.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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