Dedicated Criminal Defense and Family Law Representation in Colorado

Whether you are going through a divorce or dealing with a criminal charge, some of the most sensitive and challenging moments of conflict in many people's lives involve the law. Most people are not able to effectively represent themselves in the types of heated battles that can arise between people in intimate relationships or even strangers in a legal setting. This is why it is important to find a lawyer with experience to guide you through these difficult experiences. The Durango criminal lawyers and family law attorneys at Greenberg, McGuinness & Alt handle divorces, child custody, adoption, criminal defense, DUI, drug charges, alleged sex crimes, assault and more. Our attorneys have significant experience representing clients in La Plata County, Archuleta County, Montezuma County, San Juan County and within the Southern Ute Tribal Court jurisdiction. As the largest law firm in this area practicing in the areas of criminal and family law our clients benefit from the combined knowledge of our five attorneys who regularly collaborate on cases in order to achieve the best results possible.

Colorado Family Law

The most common family law issue we see is divorce, also known as “dissolution of marriage” in this state. Colorado is a “no-fault” divorce state, in which you need not show a specific reason for divorce, such as infidelity or domestic violence. Rather you need only show that the marriage is irretrievably broken under C.R.S. 14-10-106(1)(a)(II). A spouse can also obtain an annulment or legal separation. Once a divorce is granted, the parties can file separate tax returns and remarry.

Another common area of heated emotion and significant conflict between spouses is parenting time. In Colorado, the best interests of the child are paramount in child custody cases. The court uses several factors to determine the best interests of the child, including the child's wishes, each parent's wishes, the child's relationship with each parent, a child's adjustment levels, and the mental and physical health of the parties involved. Shared parenting time is preferred so that both parents have frequent and continuous contact with a child. Every aspect of the case, from child custody to spousal support, can influence the outcome in the others.

Criminal Law in Colorado

It can be intimidating to be charged with a criminal offense. For many people, a criminal conviction can have unexpected consequences in their lives, affecting their jobs, education, and housing. There may be particularly harsh consequences for those with military careers that require security clearances. Our Durango criminal attorneys represents those that have been accused of assault, DUI, drug crimes, domestic violence, homicide, minor in possession of alcohol, record sealing, burglary, theft, robbery, computer crimes, fraud offenses, sex crimes, offenses relating to firearms / weapons and various other offenses. We also represent minors charged with possession or consumption of alcohol as well as those who violate protection orders or who need their records sealed.

Retain Experienced Legal Counsel in Durango

If you are accused of a crime or suspect that you will need to get a divorce, you need a strong advocate on your side. Sometimes a criminal charge can have an impact on a family law matter. For example, in Colorado, domestic violence is not a specific crime. However, if the prosecutor proves you committed a crime or threat against someone with whom you are or were involved in an intimate relationship, the penalties for that crime may be enhanced. This can, in turn have an impact on a family law matter or child custody case. Whether you are facing a divorce or a criminal law matter, an experienced attorney can build and mount the strongest possible legal case on your behalf. Contact the Durango criminal lawyers and family law attorneys of Greenberg, McGuinness & Alt. We serve clients in Durango, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, Ignacio, and other nearby areas. Call us at (970) 259-4422 or fill out our online form to set up an initial consultation.