Stalking Criminal Defense Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Stalking is a very serious criminal charge where a person does not need to know the intended intimately or directly but feels an unexplainable bond towards that person, their family member or friend to the extent such behavior advances to the point the victim believes they are being pursued before, during or after a credible threat.
Philip M. Smith • Attorney • Denver, Colorado
Denver Assault • Stalking Defense Lawyer
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There must be a credible threat to a person and in that threat there must be repeated attempts to follow, approach, contact, or make an attempt to communicate in any form including the use of surveillance or modern technology which would cause that person to suffer serious emotional distress, fear of their own safety or safety of a family member or a friend. Stalking is considered one of the more serious domestic violence criminal charges but anyone may fall prey to a stalker. The charge of Stalking is unique from harassment or menacing. Additional criminal charges may be added to a Stalking arrest.
Stalking Example: A woman broke up with her boyfriend. He wasn’t ready to give up their relationship and instead of walking away, coerces the sister, gaining continued access to the ex-girlfriend. His constant presence puts an enormous strain and emotional distress on the entire family, especially the ex-girlfriend. This meets the elements of stalking.
Stalking Example: A celebrity received numerous “fan” letters from an individual. The letters admiring her work on camera ultimately became so intimate and intrusive the celebrity became fearful for her personal safety and the safety of her family. This would be considered stalking.
How I Can Help YOU
The frustration and humiliation of being accused of a crime against another person is understandable. You can be assured you will be not be judged but treated with the utmost courtesy and confidentiality as a client in my law firm.
If you are being investigated or charged with stalking, harassment, or menacing in Colorado that relate to an aggressive or inappropriate relationship in Colorado, make NO statements and DO NOT make a confession expecting any leniency.
Philip M. Smith has over 35 years of legal experience
as a judge, district attorney, and a private attorney
practicing in all areas of criminal defense law.
I have successfully handled thousands of Colorado criminal cases in my career involving inappropriate social behaviors. As your Denver attorney, I will initiate contact with law enforcement in your behalf. I will review the events surrounding your arrest and charges, examine the evidence, and witness statements I will negotiate with the prosecutor to gain the best possible resolution to your criminal case. If the evidence does not support the arrest, as your Denver Colorado criminal defense lawyer I will aggressively negotiate with the prosecutor to dismiss the case, pursue a Deferred Judgment or seek the Diversion program. I will provide aggressive and effective defense regardless if this matter results in a plea bargain or goes to trial.
Call my office today for a free confidential consultation
Denver Attorney Philip M. Smith
Impact of Charges and Conviction
Stalking is a Class 5 felony for the first offense. There may be exceptions under the authority of the court. If there is a second or subsequent offense you are potentially facing a Class 4 felony if the stalking offense was within seven years after the date of the prior offense. If there are temporary or permanent protection orders, injunctions, or conditions of probation or parole or any other court order the penalty becomes a Class 4 felony. This sentence will run consecutively with any other sentence imposed.
A criminal charge of Stalking will not result in registering as a sex offender unless there is a sex offense added to this criminal charge.
Contact My Denver Law Office
If you need a criminal defense lawyer to fight an Colorado Stalking criminal charge, or if you have questions about criminal charges and sentencing, I encourage you to contact me, Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.