Clifton L Black’s Answers

Clifton L Black

Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can the court change your charge that was originally written?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    2. Ann Toney
    3. Robert Gerald Werking
    4. Christopher Paul Kendrick
    5. Clifton L Black
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Yes, they can amend the charge. There is mandatory jail time if you are convicted of s second or subsequent driving under the influence or impaired offense. However, more information is needed to evaluate the case. Your charge in another state may not be down as a conviction if you received a favorable plea offer.

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  2. Can the police run your license plate and discover that you do not have a license?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Greg Thomas Hill
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Clifton L Black
    4. Christine C McCall
    5. John Naumovski
    5 lawyer answers

    They officer does not have enough probable cause to pull over the vehicle just because the registered owner is suspended. However, an office will try to justify the stop with other information. The officer can get a description of the suspended driver and compare that to the person driving the care. Although weak PC, officers do stop people with this information. You would want to get a skilled criminal defense attorney in your area to defend you. More often, an officer will follow a car...

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  3. Is self defense a legal possibility if one is accused of domestic violence

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Eric Johnson
    2. Nicholas Lubchenco
    3. Clifton L Black
    4. Stephen Clark Harkess
    4 lawyer answers

    The simple answer is yes, you may raise an affirmative defense in a criminal case against you. An "affirmative defense" is an umbrella for many defenses that justifies otherwise illegal activity. Similarly, DV just means that a person was charged with an offense that is domestically related. There are a wide range of DV charges from harassment, criminal mischief, assault, etc, and even different degrees/classes/elements of those charges. From the information provided it is impossible to...

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  4. Is this false arrest/imprisonment? And do I have a case if I choose to sue?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Clifton L Black
    2. Nicholas Lubchenco
    3. John Lawrence Buckley
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    5. James A Reed
    5 lawyer answers

    Driving with headphones is a violation of law and the officer has a right to pull you over. The rest of the stop may be questionable. The office needs probable cause/reasonable suspicion to request a chemical test. You may have a suppression issue here for the test results. Contact a criminal defense attorney in your area, Chris Leroi handles cases like this and is very experienced. As far as a civil suit, I doubt you have a claim, but consult with a civil attorney.

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  5. Is having defective tail lights a criminal offense. How can i cross examin a cop

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Clifton L Black
    2. V. Iyer
    3. Danyel S. Joffe
    4. Gregory D Rawlings
    4 lawyer answers

    Having defective tail lights is a traffic violation, not considered a criminal offense. Asking how to cross examine a police officer is a loaded question as it depends on if you are asking how to cross examine based on procedurally of substantively. If your question is how to do it procedurally, basically the scope of cross examination is limited to matters covered on direct examination. There is a difference in the way questions are asked between direct and cross. On direct the...

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  6. Can a company fine you civilly as well as press criminal charges?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Clifton L Black
    2. Richard Waldron Bryans Jr.
    3. V. Iyer
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. There is a statute that allows a retail store to collect civilly to cover costs of security.

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  7. I was recently arrested for aggravated assault in Colorado. I believe it's a Class 2 offence. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Nicholas Lubchenco
    2. Clifton L Black
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. James Regan
    4 lawyer answers

    While I agree with the other attorneys that responded, I think you need to talk to family and friends about money if you do not qualify for a public defender. Although $6000/$300 an hour seems steep, the lifetime consequences from a financial aspect for not having a good attorney to protect you good name will cost you far more during your lifetime.

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  8. In first time stealing from store. what kind a punishment is possible.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Russell A. Wyatt
    2. Clifton L Black
    3. Chris J Feasel
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    5. Adriana Cespedes
    5 lawyer answers

    Although most offenses do have a presumptive jail range, it is unlikley that a prosecutor would be seeking jail time for a first time offense. However, there can be additional factors like the value of the item, method imployed, attitude with the arresting office. It would still be in your best interest to talk to a local attorney.

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  9. Is Brady disclosure the same in federal court as it is in state court?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2. Joshua Sachs
    3. Clifton L Black
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, Brady applies to both state and federal courts. The Brady case, stands for the proposition that the prosecution must disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense. Exculpatory evidence is evidence that would have made the conviction or sentence different had the exculpatory evidence been released.

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  10. If I get a public defender for a 484a petty theft misdeamenor and this is my first crime my record is clean what will happen

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Clifton L Black
    2. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3. John Paul Thygerson
    3 lawyer answers

    Public defenders are great attorneys that are constanctly dealing with prosecutors. I would expect your public defender will be able to get you a great offer that will protect your record.

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