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You Can’t Sort Things Out: Part Three of Five Mistakes Not to Make as a Criminal Defendant in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Mar 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mistake many defendants make in Colorado is thinking they can sort things out. Read more in our blog.
We have fought for the rights and freedoms of hundreds of clients accused of crimes in Denver, Douglas, and Larimer County. We see the mistakes people make after they have been charged, before they go to trial. Their future is at stake, so they take risks out of deception and make moves which can be detrimental to their defense. In previous blog posts, we have discussed the problem of talking too much, and the danger of social media. Today, we'll discuss the common belief of many of our clients – that they can “sort things out” with the alleged victim: [pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”80%”]Read Part One and Part Two in this series. [/pullquote]

You Have Been Charged: Nothing Can Stop Your Case

A common misunderstanding our clients have is the belief they can simply go and sort things out with the person who made accusations against them in Adams, Jefferson, and Arapahoe County. This just isn't the case. You should NEVER speak with the alleged victim if you have been charged with a crime. Even if you could sort things out by reasoning with them, they have no power to get the case dropped unless they recant and say they were lying. In that case, they'll face charges. The charges have been made, and the only person who can drop the charge is the District Attorney, even if the alleged victim “doesn't want to go forward with the charges.” Trying to fix the situation can get you charged with Witness Tampering, a felony.

The Victim's State of Mind Doesn't Matter

Unfortunately, the way our justice system is set up, DA's often move forward with cases they know they can't win. A person's reputation is thrown in the mud and their life is forever altered when false accusations are taken seriously. The reason District Attorneys, judges, and the police don't often drop charges is because they don't want to be criticized later if a crime is committed. Let's say for example, a woman accuses her boyfriend of Sexual Assault / Rape. There is no proof or evidence a crime occurred, but the District Attorney will be loath to dismiss the case out of fear. Let's say the DA does what's right – he dismisses the case for lack of evidence. If the man who was accused of rape ever commits another crime, the DA will receive criticism for “letting him go,” even though there was no evidence. So, the DA usually moves forward in a case. This way, if the defense wins at trial, the DA can say he tried.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”80%”]District Attorneys continue with cases they can't win, because they don't want to face criticism.[/pullquote]

Don't Try to Straighten Things Out: Contact an Attorney to Defend Your Freedom

If you are facing accusations of a criminal offense in Aurora, Parker, or Highlands Ranch, don't try to sort things out with the alleged victim. This will only hurt your case and put you in serious jeopardy. Instead, contact an experienced criminal lawyer at our office who will fight to defend your freedom and reputation. We have over 30 years of experience fighting for good people just like you in Colorado.

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If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, don't try to sort things out. Instead, 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, or submit the “Get Help Now” form.
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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