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At my firm, the Law Offices of J.B. Katz, P.C., I represent many tourists and temporary residents of Colorado who are charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes. I provide aggressive, results-oriented representation in every case. I will fight for your rights and freedom at every stage of the legal process.
I am J.B. Katz, an attorney who has practiced criminal law for more than 20 years. I have experience in all types of misdemeanor and felony cases, ranging from traffic tickets and disorderly conduct to drug charges and vehicular homicide. As your lawyer, I will work diligently to build a strong case designed to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

You May Not Have To Return To Colorado

In many cases, including municipal crimes and DUIs, I can represent out-of-state clients without their need to return to Colorado. If your appearance is required, I may be able to represent you in early hearings over the phone. I can also help with scheduling, to obtain a court date that is convenient for you and that allows you to minimize the cost of your air travel. While you are at home, I will keep you fully informed of developments in your case. In Colorado as in other places, retaining an experienced local attorney who knows the court system can provide many benefits. Put my experience and knowledge to work for you. I will be aggressive when exploring all of the defense options that are available to you.

Charged With a DUI

As stated above, it’s possible that even if you are charged with a DUI in Colorado but you live out of town, you may not have to return to Colorado to handle it right away. If you hire a local attorney from Colorado, you can complete many of your hearings via phone, or your lawyer will be able to handle them for you. DUI cases can drag on for a long time, so it’s wise to hire a local attorney even if you could find someone else who doesn’t charge as much. Having to attend multiple hearings and paying for airfare and other travel costs would likely be as expensive if not more expensive than hiring a local attorney who can assist you.

Extradition to Colorado

If you were arrested in Colorado and you aren’t a resident, Colorado may try to extradite you to face charges if you return to your home state or travel to any other state. Understanding how this works and how a lawyer can help you is incredibly important. 

Typically, Colorado will only extradite individuals who have committed serious crimes because it is expensive to do. Felony offenses, such as homicide, rape, grand theft, and drug trafficking are the types of crimes that would lead to extradition. In order to be extradited, a governor’s warrant must be issued. A lawyer will ensure that the governor’s warrant is valid and that it has all of the necessary information for Colorado to be able to extradite you. 

The Extradition Process

The following are the main steps to extradition:

  • Request with Asylum State: The first step is for Colorado to file a request with the state that the suspect is currently residing in (the asylum state). This will provide information about the crime that was committed as well. 
  • Investigation: Next, the governor of the asylum state will begin investigating into the allegations. 
  • Governor’s Warrant: If it is determined that the suspect should be arrested and extradited, the governor will sign a warrant, giving the asylum state permission to arrest the suspect in their state. 
  • Arrest: If the suspect is not in custody already, the governor’s warrant gives law enforcement the authority to arrest them.
  • Hearing: Next, a hearing is held in the asylum state. The suspect can contest the extradition at this point unless they decide to waive the hearing. 
  • Taken to Colorado: The fugitive is then transported to Colorado so they can face the charges they picked up when they were in Colorado.  

Free Consultation With A Breckenridge Criminal Defense Attorney

For a free initial consultation about your case, please call a Breckenridge criminal defense attorney at (970) 453-5533 or send me an email. I will explain to you how I can be of assistance and immediately get to work preparing your defense.