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Summit County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Attorney Serving Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco

Summit County is a favored skiing destination, offering world-class ski resorts, with the county easily accessible, only an hour from Denver. Locals and tourists flood to the area during the winter months to enjoy the exceptional skiing opportunities, and during the warmer months for hiking, boating, fishing, backpacking, and other outdoor activities. Whether a visitor or resident, when you need a Summit County criminal defense attorney, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help.

Kylie was my first experience with a criminal lawyer and she could not have done a better job ! On top of getting my felony case dismissed she was very friendly and easy to talk too. If you are in the Summit County area I could not recommend anyone other than Kylie as she does everything she can for her clients.
- Philip O., Google Review

Your Rights as a Defendant

Once you have been arrested, whether you are a local resident or visitor, the first issue of concern is your legal representation. Your criminal attorney should act quickly to seek a release from jail, fight for a reasonable bail amount, and will work closely with you to craft a defense. As a defendant, you have the right to remain silent, and should exercise this right. You also have the right to an attorney – but the quality, experience, and trial skills of your Summit County defense lawyer play a very significant role in the outcome of your case.

As former prosecutors, we have seen the Colorado justice system from both sides. This perspective has proven to be of immense value to the clients we represent in criminal cases filed in Summit County. We understand the system, are familiar with the Court personnel, and are deeply committed to the people we represent.

Summit County Court

The Summit County Court handles legal matters affecting residents and visitors. In a recent year, the Court was extremely busy, and handled following number of cases:

  • 362 criminal cases
  • 469 large civil cases
  • 118 divorce cases
  • 53 cases involving juveniles
  • 63 probate cases
  • 276 small civil cases
  • 528 misdemeanors
  • 5 small claims
  • 1,403 traffic cases.
If you're in Summit County and you need legal representation! You should call Kylie! I felt that she worked hard for my case and took time to explain what she did, why she would do it and what the best course of action is. She always responded promptly to my calls the day of- 5 stars!
- Skyler A. , Google Review

Criminal Lawyer for Summit County, CO

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, or other community in Summit County, you are facing one of life’s most challenging situations. Yes, you are innocent until proven guilty – but it won’t feel that way. Our legal team is made up of two former prosecutors, with an exceptional level of insight into the justice system – from both sides of the aisle. Every case has unique facts, and a full review will reveal what strategy should be employed for the defense.

Criminal Cases in Summit County

A criminal charge is not a minor legal problem. Misdemeanor offenses can include penalties up to one year in jail, along with fines. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, your most urgent issue is to ensure you have legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer you can trust.

Summit County DUI Cases

The Summit Daily reports that the county has among the highest numbers of DUI cases in the state of Colorado. These offenses are heavily penalized in a conviction and can permanently damage your personal and professional reputation – or land you in jail. If you are charged with any DUI or DWAI in Summit County, your first action should be to contact a criminal defense lawyer who will focus on your case as a priority. The earlier our legal team gets involved, the better it could be for your case. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact us to discuss your case. As former prosecutors, we know how to identify the flaws in the case against you and exploit them on your behalf.

Repeat DUI Offenders – Severe Penalties

Colorado has high numbers of repeat DUI offenders with more than one-third of the charged individuals having a prior DUI offense. If you have a prior conviction for DUI and are facing a second DUI charge more than five years in the past, and are convicted, the penalties imposed could be 10 days to 1 year in jail, and fines up to $1,500, and up to two years probation, 9 months of license suspension, and 12 points on your license. A second DUI will bring even more complications, with the above penalties with the addition of up to 120 hours of public service, 1 year revocation of driver’s license, the installation of an ignition interlock device for two years, and mandatory alcohol education classes.

Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, or Frisco?

If you are under investigation for a crime, or have already been arrested and charged, contact Whitaker & Penix, LLC at (970) 368-0602 for a free initial consultation.