December 1, 2022
Recently, in Denver district court, Denver criminal defense attorney Jacob E. Martinez negotiated a deferred judgment for a client charged with a serious felony offense. This is an excellent outcome for Mr. Martinez’s client, who was originally charged with a class 3 felony for allegedly unlawfully entering a medical marijuana dispensary. If convicted, an individual charged with a class 3 felony faces between 4 and 12 years in prison, a fine of between $3,000 and $750,000, and a mandatory 5 year parole period. However, due to Mr. Martinez’s tireless negotiation with the prosecutor — which lasted over the span of several months — his client was able to enter into a deferred judgment and sentence. A deferred judgement and sentence enables an individual to completely avoid a criminal conviction, and it renders them eligible to seal the case at its conclusion. As such, after Mr. Martinez’s client successfully completes a two year probationary period, the client’s case will be dismissed, and the client will be eligible to petition the court to seal the case, as if it never happened.