Criminal Defense

What to Expect

Without exception, when you are facing criminal charges, your world has been turned upside down.  It’s important to find a no-nonsense attorney with experience, good judgment, and a temperament suited to the task.  Finally, it is paramount that your criminal lawyer is up to the task of a jury trial.   Whether your case goes to trial or results in settlement or even dismissal, your attorney’s trial experience will affect the final outcome.  Prosecutors know which defense attorneys have high-level jury trial experience and demeanor, and it cannot help but guide their decision-making.  After nearly a decade as a prosecutor, Mr. Sanford developed a track record and trial acumen at the highest level, with favorable results in trials of all types, from Arson to First Degree Murder.   Prosecutors know exactly what they face if headed to trial against Mr. Sanford.   In his defense practice, he focuses on defending drug charges, DUI charges, aggravated assault, and other felonies.   He occasionally will accept a misdemeanor client in the right situation.   When Mr. Sanford takes you on as client, you have unmatched access to your attorney, including his personal cell phone number.

Your attorney should attack the case from various angles.   For example, your attorney should screen the case for constitutional pitfalls in the Government’s case and seek out possible suppression issues.   Very often, in cases involving marijuana or other drug charges, the issue of suppression of evidence is dispositive to the entire case.  Your attorney should scour discovery (the government’s evidence) and evaluate the case so that the client can make an informed decision on how to proceed.  All the while, your attorney should be in constant negotiation and communication with the prosecution, to see what options become available.   And, of course, your attorney should be ready and willing to spar in the courtroom in front of a jury.  This is a rare talent and indispensable for an attorney practicing criminal law.   Without this skill, you are left with little option at the end.

Mr. Sanford takes criminal cases throughout Wyoming and Colorado.   In Wyoming, Mr. Sanford makes regular appearances in Cheyenne (Laramie County), Laramie (Albany County), Rawlins (Carbon County), Rock Springs and Green River (Sweetwater County), and Evanston and the Bridger Valley (Uinta County).  In Colorado, Mr. Sanford works the entire Front Range, including Fort Collins and Loveland (Larimer County), Greeley (Weld County), all the way down to Denver.