Criminal Law & Criminal Defense

Criminal Law & Criminal Defense

Criminal Law & Criminal Defense

Gard Law Firm is dedicated to defending people charged with crimes. In our experience, many cases are exaggerated and the facts misstated. Sometimes the accusation is patently false. We have successfully defended people from all walks of life who stand accused of all levels of crimes, including cannabis and other drug cases, theft, DUI, DWAI, DUID, assault, domestic violence, harassment, etc. We have successfully tried numerous cases throughout the state and negotiated thousands of plea agreements, most of which helped the client avoid jail and get on with their life.

Jeff Gard is recognized as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and one of the Ten Best Colorado Criminal Law Attorneys by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Jeff also teaches other lawyers on the subject of defending cannabis driving cases, including a recent lecture to a group of judges and lawyers at a conference about cannabis and driving. Finally, Jeff is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state of Colorado to become a Life Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar is dedicated to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes.

Some examples of our efforts to help people accused of crimes:

Criminal Law & Criminal Defense

Gard Law Firm is dedicated to defending people charged with crimes. In our experience, many cases are exaggerated and the facts misstated. Sometimes the accusation is patently false.

We have successfully defended people from all walks of life who stand accused of all levels of crimes, including cannabis and other drug cases, theft, DUI, DWAI, DUID, assault, domestic violence, harassment, etc. We have successfully tried numerous cases throughout the state and negotiated thousands of plea agreements, most of which helped the client avoid jail and get on with their life.

Jeff Gard is recognized as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and one of the Ten Best Colorado Criminal Law Attorneys by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Jeff also teaches other lawyers on the subject of defending cannabis driving cases, including a recent lecture to a group of judges and lawyers at a conference about cannabis and driving.

Finally, Jeff is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state of Colorado to become a Life Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar is dedicated to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes.

Some examples of our efforts to help people accused of crimes:

Trials & Acquittals

Most cases are resolved by a plea agreement. But, sometimes a case has to be tried in front of a jury.  Many lawyers talk big about going to trial, but are actually fearful of doing so. While we try our best to get the right result by negotiation, some cases must go  to trial.  We have been to trial many, many times and have honed our craft over decades of courtroom experience. We are creative and tenacious and will go all the way if that is what your case requires. Some examples of our trial work:

We acquitted a client at trial of a serious assault.

We acquitted a client at trial of criminal mischief.

We acquitted several clients who were charged with driving under the influence of cannabis.

We acquitted a young woman of menacing with a deadly weapon.

We have acquitted many clients of DUI where the police either exaggerated the alleged signs of intoxication or lied about the facts of the case.  We have also won many DMV hearings and saved our client’s driving privileges.

Plea Negotiations

We have a reputation among judges and prosecutors for taking cases to trial and winning.  That gives us a strategic advantage when it comes to negotiating a plea agreement. The prosecutor knows we will not back down and will force a case to trial when necessary.  As such, our clients benefit when it comes to plea negotiation.  We do not just wait and see what a prosecutor will offer. Instead, we discuss our client’s goal and set about trying to achieve it. Some examples of our plea negotiations:

We negotiated a deferred sentence for a client charged with felony cultivation of cannabis.

We reduced DUI charge to careless driving.

We reduced a driving under the influence of drugs case to careless driving.

We negotiated a deferred sentence in a multi-thousand dollar felony forgery case.

We obtained a deferred sentence to a domestic violence charge for a client accused of assaulting her boyfriend.

Trials & Acquittals

Most cases are resolved by a plea agreement. But, sometimes a case has to be tried in front of a jury.  Many lawyers talk big about going to trial, but are actually fearful of doing so. While we try our best to get the right result by negotiation, some cases must go  to trial.  We have been to trial many, many times and have honed our craft over decades of courtroom experience. We are creative and tenacious and will go all the way if that is what your case requires. Some examples of our trial work:

  • We acquitted a client at trial of a serious assault.
  • We acquitted a client at trial of criminal mischief.
  • We acquitted several clients who were charged with driving under the influence of cannabis.
  • We acquitted a young woman of menacing with a deadly weapon.
  • We have acquitted many clients of DUI where the police either exaggerated the alleged signs of intoxication or lied about the facts of the case.  We have also won many DMV hearings and saved our client’s driving privileges.

Plea Negotiations

We have a reputation among judges and prosecutors for taking cases to trial and winning.  That gives us a strategic advantage when it comes to negotiating a plea agreement. The prosecutor knows we will not back down and will force a case to trial when necessary.  As such, our clients benefit when it comes to plea negotiation.  We do not just wait and see what a prosecutor will offer. Instead, we discuss our client’s goal and set about trying to achieve it. Some examples of our plea negotiations:

  • We negotiated a deferred sentence for a client charged with felony cultivation of cannabis.
  • We reduced DUI charge to careless driving.
  • We reduced a driving under the influence of drugs case to careless driving.
  • We negotiated a deferred sentence in a multi-thousand dollar felony forgery case.
  • We obtained a deferred sentence to a domestic violence charge for a client accused of assaulting her boyfriend.

Dismissals & Deferrals

When a client is arrested, the police, the prosecutor and the judge believe the client is guilty.  All the weight and power of the government is trained on prosecuting the client and convicting them. But, believe it or not, some people are innocent and falsely accused.  When that is the case, it is no time for plea bargains and it is our duty to convince the prosecutor or the judge that our client is innocent and the case must be dismissed. Some examples of our work:

We secured dismissal of a menacing with a deadly weapon case.

We secured dismissal of charges of DUI and third degree assault/domestic violence on the eve of jury trial.

We convinced a district attorney’s office to drop false sexual assault cases against two separate clients. As you would expect, such a result is rare – particularly repeating the feat twice! Fortunately truth prevailed and both clients are able to resume their lives without the stigma of such heinous and false allegations.

We convinced the DA to drop felony trespass charges and proved the arrest was unconstitutional.

We succeeded in convincing the DA to drop burglary, stalking and theft charges by proving that the alleged victim was not truthful in her statements to the police.

Dismissals & Deferrals

When a client is arrested, the police, the prosecutor and the judge believe the client is guilty.  All the weight and power of the government is trained on prosecuting the client and convicting them. But, believe it or not, some people are innocent and falsely accused.  When that is the case, it is no time for plea bargains and it is our duty to convince the prosecutor or the judge that our client is innocent and the case must be dismissed. Some examples of our work:

  • We secured dismissal of a menacing with a deadly weapon case.
  • We secured dismissal of charges of DUI and third degree assault/domestic violence on the eve of jury trial.
  • We convinced a district attorney’s office to drop false sexual assault cases against two separate clients. As you would expect, such a result is rare – particularly repeating the feat twice! Fortunately truth prevailed and both clients are able to resume their lives without the stigma of such heinous and false allegations.
  • We convinced the DA to drop felony trespass charges and proved the arrest was unconstitutional.
  • We succeeded in convincing the DA to drop burglary, stalking and theft charges by proving that the alleged victim was not truthful in her statements to the police.

What our clients say about us:

“There are no words to adequately express my appreciation for your nearly miraculous legal guidance and court-related work on my DUI case. The relief I felt when learning of the court’s decision can only be described as the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders. You did a tremendous job, Jeff, and I can’t thank you enough. I will spread the word regarding your exceptional competence and professionalism. Thank you for all you have done in simplifying and improving my life.”

~ Noah R.W. Saunders ~

 

What our clients say about us:

“There are no words to adequately express my appreciation for your nearly miraculous legal guidance and court-related work on my DUI case. The relief I felt when learning of the court’s decision can only be described as the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders. You did a tremendous job, Jeff, and I can’t thank you enough. I will spread the word regarding your exceptional competence and professionalism. Thank you for all you have done in simplifying and improving my life.”

~ Noah R.W. Saunders ~

Please Note

All of the cases, set forth above are for purposes of example, and are not and should not be construed as a guarantee or predictor of future result.

Please Note

All of the cases, set forth above are for purposes of example, and are not and should not be construed as a guarantee or predictor of future result.

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