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A Former Prosecutor — Who Knows How To Win

With 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I know how to get positive results for clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. With insider knowledge and a drive to win, I am the attorney defendants turn to when dismissal — and freedom — is their goal.

High Rate Of Dismissals And Acquittals

Recognized by the Equal Justice Foundation for my “high rate of
acquittals and dismissals” in domestic violence cases.

Former Domestic Violence/Sex Assault Prosecutor

With a background in criminal prosecution, I have the know-how and insight
to stand-up for your constitutional rights.

Domestic Violence Defense

Falsely accused? Misunderstood? Targeted by a spiteful significant other?
I can help.

Sexual Assault Defense

I don’t judge. I provide mitigating evidence to the
court to paint a complete, accurate picture.

2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
The national top 100 trail lawyers
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Lead Counsel badge
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
The national top 100 trail lawyers
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Lead Counsel badge
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

What should you do if served with a protection order?

An accusation of domestic violence may end up hitting you like a ton of bricks. What can be even more disheartening is learning of such a charge by being served with a protective order. Like many people in Lakewood, you may hear the term “protection order” and immediately equate it with a restraining order. While that correlation may be true to a certain extent, there are actually several different types of protection orders, each with their own subtle differences. 

According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, all orders mandating no contact between you and the person who sought the order (referred to in legal terms as the “protected person”) are civil restraining orders. Do no misconstrue the use of the word “civil” in this context into believing that no criminal penalties will accompany you violating it; on the contrary, even if only probable cause exists to suggest that you violated a protection order, you can be arrested. 

Upon filing for a protection order, the protected person goes before the court to present their case (typically without you present). The court will usually issue a temporary protection order, which is given a definite expiration date. The hearing to determine whether to extend (or cancel) the order will be held before that expiration date. This is where you will be given the opportunity to defend yourself from the protected person’s accusations. 

Your first impulse upon being served with a protection order may be to contact the protect person to try and clear up what you may perceive to be misunderstandings between two. Avoid this temptation; as was mentioned earlier, doing so will likely result in your arrest. You should instead wait for your hearing, where your communications with the protected person can be observed by others (leaving no room for varying interpretations).