Criminal Defense FAQ

The Law Firm of Richard A. Hostetler provides experienced representation for people accused of crimes. We help people in cases involving DUI, drug charges, property crimes, violent crimes and white collar crimes. Our attorney has decades of experience, which gives him insight into the best ways to defend clients both at trial and in appeals. Our office is in Denver, Colorado, and we represent people in state and federal courts throughout the surrounding area.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

When Should I Talk To A Criminal Defense Attorney?

You should talk to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after you have been accused of a crime. If possible, talk to a lawyer if you even think you might possibly be accused. Do not talk to the police until you have spoken to a lawyer.

The reason for this is simple: The police will try to get you to talk to them first. Prosecutors will use whatever you told the police as evidence against you. You may remember the phrase "whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law" from television programs. That is entirely true. A lawyer can represent you and advise you on your rights.

What Is A White Collar Crime?

White collar crime is a loosely defined category of financial crimes that take place in the context of the workplace. These may include consumer fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and more.

Why Are White Collar Crime Cases Difficult To Resolve?

One answer to this question is simply that the evidence in these cases is more complex than it is in typical criminal cases. White collar cases often involve allegations that highly skilled professionals used highly sophisticated means to perpetrate crimes and cover them up. For both prosecutors and defense lawyers, it can be difficult to collect the evidence and present it to a court in a way that is understandable by people without a financial background. It is crucial for people accused of white collar crimes to get help from an experienced defense attorney.

Does Everyone Get A Chance To Appeal?

The short answer to this question is no. At a typical criminal trial, the court reviews evidence to determine the facts of the case, and a jury renders a verdict based on its assessment of the facts. Typically, a person who has been convicted of a crime can only appeal the conviction if there remains a question of law.

A person appealing a conviction typically cannot introduce new evidence to correct the version of events found by the trial court. Instead, the appellant seeks to show that the trial court made a mistake in applying the law to the facts.

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