Areas Of Expertise

Assault

If you have been charged with assault, assault and battery, aggravated assault, or any related crime in Colorado you need to contact experienced assault lawyer Dana Casper immediately. Being charged with and convicted of assault can have an enormously negative impact on your life. Along with the shame and embarrassment that comes with being convicted of assault, you can face serious legal consequences including lengthy jail time.

Assault is generally defined as any intentional act that causes another person to fear they’re about to suffer physical harm, meaning that no actual physical harm is necessary for you to be accused and charged with assault. Assault and battery requires the aggressor to physically strike or attack the victim.

In Colorado, assault charges are arranged by degree, with first degree being the most serious and third degree being the least serious and most common. First degree assault is a Class 3 Felony (F3) and comes with a mandatory 10 year penalty, whereas third degree assault is a Class 1 Misdemeanor (M1) and can come with a possible two year penalty.

Third Degree Assault: The State of Colorado defines Third Degree Assault as when a person “knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or with criminal negligence the person causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon.” In layman’s terms, this means that even if there is no physical damage you can still be charged since pain, alone, constitutes injury. Furthermore, the mere possession of a deadly weapon that could cause injury through negligence (i.e. carelessness) can constitute Assault in the Third Degree. Unlike other Class 1 Misdemeanors (M1), the penalty for Third Degree Assault includes a possible two years in jail, although if the assault is categorized as a Domestic Violence (link to page) offense, the mandatory domestic violence classes will be ordered.

Second Degree Assault: The State of Colorado defines Second Degree Assault as when a person

• Intentionally causes bodily injury to another through the use of a deadly weapon,
• Recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another through the use of a deadly weapon,
• Intended to cause bodily injury to another and, in so doing, caused serious bodily injury to another,
• Causes bodily injury to another while intentionally trying to prevent a police officer or firefighter from carrying out their duties ,
• Intentionally drugs another without that person’s consent.

Second Degree Assault is a Class 4 Felony (F4). Cases 1 – 4 are considered “Crimes of Violence” and convictions carry a mandatory prison sentence of 5 years.

First and Second degree assault charges are also referred to as felony aggravated assault.

First Degree Assault: First Degree Assault is by far the most serious assault offense under Colorado law. The State of Colorado defines First Degree Assault as when a person

• Intends to cause bodily injury to another and, in so doing, causes serious bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon,
• Intends to seriously disfigure another, destroy, amputate, or permanently disable a member or organ of another,
• Acts with “extreme indifference to the value of human life” and knowingly creates a grave risk of death which causes serious bodily injury,
• Threatens a police officer, firefighter, judge, or prison worker with a deadly weapon with the intent to cause serious bodily injury.

First Degree Assault is a Class 3 Felony (F3) and carries with it a mandatory prison sentence of 10 years.

If you have been accused of or charged with any of these crimes in Colorado, you need to call Dana Casper immediately so she can start defending you. With over 20 years of experience, Dana Casper can provide you with the rock-solid defense you need. Contact Dana Casper today at 303 – 333 – 2276.

Child Abuse & Neglect

If you have been accused of or charged with child abuse or child neglect in Colorado, you need to contact expert child abuse lawyer Dana Casper immediately. Accusations of child abuse or child neglect can be incredibly upsetting, and Dana Casper is here to help you and your loved ones through this difficult period.

Once accused of child abuse or child neglect, you may suffer tremendous emotional stress. You may be forcibly separated from your child, questioned by social services, and treated with disdain by your child’s teachers or other parents, not to mention the threat of serious jail time. Since child abuse charges can stem from misunderstandings caused by intense emotional reactions, it is vital that you are not penalized simply for misunderstanding the law. In Colorado, child abuse or neglect runs the gamut from a child being present while you allegedly committed another crime, leaving your child in the car unattended, to something truly terrible. During bitter custody battles following a divorce, some parents may even simply fabricate accusations regarding their spouse. For all these reasons and more, it is absolutely vital that you have a professional child abuse and child neglect lawyer like Dana Casper on your side.

Child abuse comes in three forms:

Physical Abuse: Any case in which a child exhibits evidence of physical abuse or death, and such condition or death is not justifiably explained, the history concerning such condition differs from the degree or type of such condition or death, or the circumstances indicate that such condition or death may not be the product of an accidental occurrence.
Sexual Abuse: Any case in which a child is subjected to unlawful sexual behavior, including sexual assault or molestation, incest, sexual exploitation, prostituting of children, internet sexual exploitation of children, internet luring of children, and the promotion of obscenity to a minor.
Emotional Abuse: Any case in which a child is subjected to emotion abuse, defined as an identifiable and substantial impairment of the child’s intellectual or psychological functioning or development or a substantial risk of impairment of the child’s intellectual or psychological functioning or development.

For more information, please visit http://humanservices.mesacounty.us/FCS/template.aspx?id=2090.

If you have been accused of child abuse or child neglect in Colorado, you need to contact child abuse attorney Dana Casper at 303 – 333 – 2276.

Domestic Violence

If you have been accused of or charged with Domestic Violence, you need to contact the expert domestic violence lawyer Dana Casper today so she can help you through this challenging time.

The State of Colorado defines domestic violence, also referred to as battering, partner abuse, or spousal abuse, as a pattern of behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical, verbal, or psychological violence or sexual assault on their current or past intimate partner. It is important to note that the term domestic violence also covers any kind of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge against an intimate partner. In Colorado, even seemingly mild actions, such as destroying an object belonging to an intimate partner out of anger or jealousy when that person is not around, can be considered domestic violence.

Specifically, the following actions can constitute domestic violence:
See http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/21062 for more details.

Physical Violence
• pushing, shoving, slapping, biting, kicking, choking, pinching, pulling hair, hitting, grabbing, beating
• stabbing, shooting
• purposely locking out of the house
• abandoning in dangerous places
• throwing objects
• destruction of property
• subjecting to reckless driving
• threatening with a weapon
• refusing victim help while sick or pregnant
• any physical restraint
• purposely cutting off victim’s hair
• use of any object to inflict pain, punishment, or to intimidate
Sexual Abuse
• telling anti-women, homophobic jokes to humiliate, embarrass, intimidate, or hurt
• forcing sex
• rape
• unwanted fondling and touching
• ritual abuse
• sexual innuendos
• accusation of promiscuity or infidelity
• forcing victim to dress in a more sexual way than is comfortable for her/him
• forcing victim to strip or perform other sexual acts
• forcing sex while others watch, or with objects, or after beatings
• using sex to bargain or withhold for punishment or manipulation

Emotional Abuse
• ignoring emotionally
• yelling at for small actions
• calling victim names, using put downs, demeaning
• constantly over-criticizing or telling victim she/he is fat, ugly, stupid
• telling victim she/he cannot do certain things well
• threatening
• harassing
• isolating from friends and family, forbidding to socialize, drive, work, or make certain decisions
• threatening suicide or homicide
• threatening abandonment, kidnapping of children, calling social services or law enforcement, outing, hurting family, friends, and/or pets
• manipulating with lies and contradictions
• punishing by withholding affection or appreciation
• not encouraging victim to build self-esteem
• little or no communication
• blaming
• humiliating in public or private
• stalking
• setting time limits
• preventing victim from leaving the house
• disconnecting the phone
• hiding the car keys
• preventing victim from going to a place of worship or from praying
• abusing a pet
• destroying victim’s treasures

Economic Abuse
• taking all the money from a joint account
• stealing joint property or possessions
• withholding money
• forbidding victim to work
• forcing victim to ask for money
• not allowing access to any financial documents
• not allowing any input into financial decisions
• not allowing any control over or access to money, financial statements, and documents
• requiring receipts and exact change for financial transactions
• ruining victim’s credit
• forcing victim to work while partner refuses to
• requiring victim to turn over every paycheck to partner
• preventing victim from getting or keeping a job (including not providing agreed upon childcare or transportation, or destroying work clothes/uniforms)
• harassing victim at work
• refusing to pay child support

Domestic violence can be overt and/or subtle. (Source MSEC)
• overt direct action such as homicide, vandalism to the victim’s car or other property, and threats.
• subtle direct action such as use of workplace property to commit an illegal act such as sending threatening, harassing, or abusive e-mail and faxes; use of workplace property to violate protective orders, such as phoning the victim when prohibited by court order; and use of an agency car to follow (stalk) the victim.

If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence in Colorado, please contact Dana Casper today at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can provide you with the top-notch criminal defense you deserve.

DWAI, DUI

If you’ve been charged with or arrested for a DUI or DWAI in Colorado, or any other related crime, you need to contact criminal defense attorney Dana Casper to help you fight these charges and get the qualified, experienced legal defense you deserve.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) are serious offenses with serious consequences. Indeed, in Colorado the punishment for a DUI or DWAI conviction can include the loss of your driver’s license, a stiff penalty fine, and even jail time. Furthermore, these legal issues can substantially affect your life and livelihood for a long time after, including your ability to find and retain gainful employment, your ability to secure a loan for your home or automobile, the particulars of your child custody or visitation rights, and the increased likelihood that police will scrutinize your more harshly should you encounter any legal troubles in the future. For most people, a DUI or DWAI is their first real brush with the law and can therefore be a harrowing and emotional experience. Nevertheless, DUI and DWAI offenders, especially repeat offenders, will find little sympathy from the state of Colorado or the public, in general. That’s why you need a competent and capable DUI / DWAI lawyer like Dana Casper.

The consequences of your DUI or DWAI can vary depending on your conduct during the traffic stop by the police officer, whether or not the police officer overstated any impairment, the quality of the breath test machine, and more. Remember: you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is always possible that the Denver, Aurora, or Arvada police have made a weak DUI or DWAI case against you, and it is important you have a qualified legal professional like DUI lawyer Dana Casper to ensure you get the best outcome.

Why Do You Need a DUI Lawyer? Because a DUI lawyer like Dana Casper can help inform you of your rights, oversee your case and legal documents, leverage her rich experience and deep relationships with judges and prosecutors to your benefit, and drastically increase the chance that you will come out of this DUI or DWAI charge with a favorable result. Colorado DUI / DWI lawyer Dana Casper will analyze the evidence, assess the reports, and learn all the facts necessary to help you get through this.

If you have been accused of or charged with a DUI or DWAI in Colorado, you need to call experience DUI / DWI lawyer Dana Casper today: 303 – 333 – 2276

For more information on alcohol abuse and drunk driving awareness, please visit:

Colorado Directory of Licensed Treatment Programs
Colorado Alcohol Treatment Centers
MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
SADD: Students Against Drunk Driving.

Drug Crimes

If you have been accused of or charged with drug possession in Colorado, drug distribution, or any related drug crime, you need the highly-qualified drug crime lawyer Dana Casper to help you with your case and give you the best legal defense in Colorado.

Colorado has been in the news recently for its recent legalization of marijuana. Regardless of your personal views about marijuana legalization it is absolutely vital that you are aware of the law and its impact on you. Contrary to popular belief, the law has not changed as much as many people think, even in places like Denver, and especially when it comes to the rules and policies of private organizations. Don’t allow yourself to be charged with a drug crime simply because you misunderstood Colorado law!

Furthermore, while marijuana has been legalized in the state of Colorado, there are still many drugs that remain illegal, including cocaine and heroin, and the abuse of prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycodone are a serious crime. These drugs, also referred to as “controlled substances”, are organized into schedules, the degree of which will have a serious impact on the legal consequences you might be facing. Drug charges can also vary in terms of seriousness, from simple possession charges to drug trafficking and drug distribution charges which can earn you an investigation and prosecution from federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Generally, the three factors which determine the seriousness of a drug crime are the quantity of illicit substances, the schedule of the substances, and the reason why you possess the substances. It is vital that you have an experienced drug crimes lawyer like Dana Casper in your corner so that you can avoid the worst penalties Colorado can issue, including a jail or prison sentence, stiff fines, long terms of probation, community service, and mandatory drug treatment programs and drug testing.

Even if this is your first brush with Colorado law, the consequences of a drug charge can be serious and long-lasting. That’s why you need to contact expert drug crime lawyer Dana Casper to ensure that you don’t suffer the most serious punishment for your mistake. Call experienced drug crime lawyer Dana Casper today at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can help you through this difficult time.

Juvenile Law

If your child is a minor and has been accused of or charged with a crime in Colorado, such as drug crimes, theft, alcohol possession or impairment, drunk driving, sex offenses, violent offenses, weapons charges, auto theft, runaway, or any other such crimes, you need to contact juvenile law attorney Dana Casper so she can help you navigate this complicated legal process.

Although the substance of criminal law remains the same regardless of the age of the accused, the procedures and sentencing laws are very different. It is important that you have an experienced juvenile law lawyer like Dana Casper who understands these differences and can ensure the most positive outcome for your loved ones. The consequences of a mistake in juvenile law can have a long-lasting negative impact on your child, so it is vital you hire highly-qualified juvenile law attorney Dana Casper to help you through this difficult period.

Did you know that children cannot be forced to testify against themselves?

Did you know that bail works differently for juvenile and adult crimes?

Did you know that you do NOT have a right to trial by jury in juvenile court?

These questions and more are reasons why you need to hire a professional and experienced juvenile crime lawyer if your child has been accused of a crime in Colorado. Do not let your child suffer unduly due to a poor legal defense. Juvenile law attorney Dana Casper will provide your child with the expert legal defense he or she deserves. Call juvenile law lawyer Dana Casper today at 303 – 333 – 2276 to schedule you consultation.

Money Laundering

If you have been accused of laundering money that was obtained through illegal activities or as the proceeds of crimes in Colorado, you need to call expert money laundering attorney Dana Casper so she can provide you with the best money laundering legal defense possible.

Money laundering is a serious crime. Indeed, money laundering is often charged as a federal offense, meaning that you can face some incredibly serious consequences. The punishments you can receive if convicted of money laundering can consist of a lengthy prison sentence and the seizure of all of your assets by the government, including your home(s) car(s), boat(s), plane(s), and anything in your bank or brokerage accounts. Do not let yourself suffer the full brunt of these legal consequences simply because you lacked an expert legal defense like the kind provided by experienced money laundering lawyer Dana Casper.

Money laundering almost always occurs alongside other illegal activities or crimes, including gambling, drug trafficking, wire fraud, mail fraud, white collar crime, etc. Therefore, money laundering cases can be incredibly complex and require a talented and intelligent money laundering attorney to make sense of all the charges and create the best legal defense possible.

To be charged with money laundering, the government does not have to prove that you participated in the illegal activities or crimes from which the money was obtained. The government does not have to prove that you even knew about exactly where the ill-begotten funds came from.

If you have been accused of or charged with money laundering in Colorado, you need to contact money laundering lawyer Dana Casper immediately at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can provide you with the best defense possible.

Property Crimes

If you have been charged with a property crime, including:

• Theft
• Burglary
• Breaking and entering
• Trespassing
• Shoplifting
• Vandalism
• Grand theft auto
• Robbery
• Arson
• Criminal mischief
• Larceny

or any other related crimes in Colorado, you need to contact the expert property crimes lawyer Dana Casper to provide you with the best legal defense you can get.

The penalties and punishments associated with property crime can be severe and long-lasting. The consequences for property crimes can vary depending on the specific crime committed, whether or not deadly weapons or violence were involved, your relationship to the property in question, the amount of damages, and more.

For example, in Colorado, burglary comes in three degrees. First degree burglary is a Class 3 felony and occurs when a person undertakes unlawful entry or remains on a property unlawfully following entry (both legal and illegal) and intends to commit a crime, assaults or menaces other persons, or is armed with a deadly weapon. Second degree burglary can be a Class 4 or Class 3 felony depending on if the burglarized property is a dwelling or if the object of the burglary is a controlled substance. Third degree burglary is a Class 5 felony and occurs when a person breaks into a vault, safe, vending machine coin box, or other apparatus. Third degree burglary can be a Class 4 felony if the object of the burglary is a controlled substance.

Theft is defined in Colorado as when a person knowingly obtains or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization or by threat of deception, and intends to permanently deprive the owner of that object, use or abandon the object in a manner that deprives the owner of the use or benefit of the object, uses or abandons the object with the intention of depriving the owner of the use or benefit of the object, or demands any consideration for the return of the object to the owner. The consequences of a theft conviction depends on the value of the destroyed or stolen item and can be as serious as a first degree felony.

If you have been accused of or charged with a property crime in Colorado, please call the experienced property crimes attorney Dana Casper at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can help you through this difficult time and minimize the negative consequences.

Sex Crimes

If you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime, including:

Sexual assault
• Sexual assault using force or other means
• Child pornography
• Internet sex crimes
Unlawful sexual contact
Indecent exposure
• Sex assault on a child
• Sexual assault where accuser was incapable of giving consent
• Solicitation

or any other related crimes in Colorado, you need to call the experienced sex crimes attorney Dana Casper to provide you with the expert legal defense you deserve.

Did you know that the penalties of a sex crime can be worse even than those of murder? Sex crimes can result in incredibly serious sentences, including life in prison and separation from your family. Don’t allow yourself to be unduly sentenced simply because you lacked an expert legal defense like the kind provided by sex crimes lawyer Dana Casper.

If you are accused of or charged with a sex crime in Colorado, you need to know that Colorado has some of the harshest penalties for convicted sex offenders of all 50 states. Along with indeterminate prison sentences, you will be required to register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender treatment, and live with the stigma associated with being a sex offender. The government has massive resources it can devote towards your prosecution. Therefore, you need sex crimes attorney Dana Casper, an expert criminal defender with over twenty years of experience, who is up to the task of providing you with the best legal defense possible. Sex crimes lawyer Dana Casper has built valuable relationships with judges and prosecutors throughout her many years of practice and can bring these important assets to bear when it comes to defending you in court.

If you have been accused of or charged with a sex crime in Colorado, you need to call expert sex crime attorney Dana Casper at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can give you the best legal defense in Colorado.

Violent Crimes

If you have been accused of or charged with a violent crime, including:

• Armed robbery
Aggravated assault
Arson
• Bank robbery
• Murder / homicide
• Attempted murder
Conspiracy to commit a crime of violence
• Sex assault
• Manslaughter
• Domestic violence
Hate crimes
• Kidnapping and stalking
• Terrorist threats

or any other related crime in Colorado, you need to contact experienced violent crimes attorney Dana Casper to help you through this trying time and provide you with the legal defense you deserve.

Being charged with a violent crime can be an extremely distressing and emotional experience. Don’t let it lead to extremely serious negative consequences that will follow you for the rest of your life. Violent crimes come with large bail amounts or no bail at all, as well as mandatory minimum sentences that could result in you spending years behind prison bars. With such high stakes and such serious potential consequences, it is vital that you have an experienced and competent violent crime attorney like Dana Casper by your side throughout this process.

In the state of Colorado, violent crimes cases can be extremely complicated. Thanks to Colorado’s victim bill of rights, District Attorneys must inform the victim(s) at every stage of the case. Also, the prosecutor will consider a range of information when building their case against a client, including the physical evidence, the defendant’s past criminal history, motive, intent, access to weapons, witness testimony, and forensic evidence. Finally, the persuasive nature of emotional and character evidence will almost definitely be used by prosecutors to persuade judges, juries, and the public of your guilt. With so many variables to consider, you need to have an expert violent crimes lawyer like Dana Casper who is capable of sifting through all the information and constructing a comprehensive legal defense.

No matter how desperate or seemingly impossible your situation may seem, expert violent crimes attorney Dana Casper is here to help. You are innocent until proven guilty, and for an experienced violent crimes lawyer like Dana Casper crafting a robust legal defense that can see you through to the most favorable outcome is never impossible.

If you have been accused of or charged with a violent crime in Colorado, please call violent crimes attorney Dana Casper at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can get started on your case today!

Weapons Charges

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

-Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

If you have been accused of or charged with a weapons crime in Colorado, you need to contact experienced weapons crime lawyer Dana Casper so she can help you prefer the best criminal defense possible.

As an American and a Coloradan, you are guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms. However, state and federal laws exist to regulate the possession and use of such weapons for various circumstances. Don’t let yourself suffer negative legal consequences simply because you did not know your rights or did not hire an expert weapons charges or gun crimes attorney.

The consequences of a weapons crime conviction can be incredibly serious, especially because many weapons crimes can carry additional federal punishment. Not only can you potentially suffer jail time and stiff penalties, but your life and livelihood can suffer well into the future, including impacting your ability to find and retain certain jobs. Furthermore, if you have been arrested for a gun charge in relation to another crime, the consequences can be greatly enhanced. Make sure you understand your rights and have a qualified weapons crime attorney like Dana Casper by your side.

Despite the constitutional guarantee of your right to possess a firearm, this right can be forfeited if you have violated certain laws. Specifically, it is illegal to carry a firearm if you:

• Are a fugitive
• Violated laws regarding a concealed weapons permit
• Are an illegal alien
• Are diagnosed with a psychiatric, psychological, or mental disorder
• Are a minor (17 years old or below)
• Have been convicted of a felony
• Have been accused of domestic violence (link)
• Have been convicted of domestic violence (link)
• Possess illegal weapons, including: firearm silencer, short shotgun or rifle, ballistic knife, carjacks, gas guns, brass knuckles, switchblade knives, etc.

If you have been accused of or charged with a weapons crime in Colorado, you need to call expert weapons crime attorney Dana Casper at 303 – 333 – 2276 so she can get started on providing you with the best criminal defense possible.