Hebets & McCallin

Denver, Colorado Criminal Defense Attorneys

Hebets & McCallin

1777 South Harrison Street
Suite 310

Denver, Colorado 80210

Phone(303) 756-3231

Website www.hebetsmccallin.com
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Law Firm Overview

Hebets & McCallin is a criminal defense law firm located in Denver, Colorado and serving clients throughout the region.
Practice areas encompass DUI/drunk driving, motor vehicle offenses, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, criminal mischief, homicide and other violent crimes, arson, crimes against children, public indecency, internet crimes, juvenile offenses, sex crimes, theft, probation and parole violations, and white collar crimes as well as expungement.

Attorneys Russell Hebets and Colin McCallin have more than 25 years of combined experience, which includes as former deputy district attorneys. This background gives them valuable insight into how the other side thinks and allows them to anticipate the tactics and strategies of the prosecution. They are closely familiar with and highly knowledgeable of trial procedures, case precedents and criminal law as a whole.

The Hebets & McCallin legal team provides skilled counsel for those accused of criminal violations at the city, state, and federal levels. They ensure clientsí rights are protected and work to obtain the best possible outcomes the zealous advocacy.

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Driving While Ability Impaired; Driving Under the Influence of Drugs; Underage Drunk Driving; Boating Under the Influence; Protective Order/Restraining Order; False Imprisonment; Third Degree Assault; Careless Driving; Driving Under Suspension or Revocation; Hit and Run; Vehicular Crimes; Drug Possession; Drug Possession with Intent to Sell; Medical Marijuana; Marijuana Possession; Marijuana Cultivation; Prescription Fraud; Drug Cultivation or Manufacturing; Criminal Mischief; Indecent Exposure; Internet Luring; Narcotic sales; Drug Trafficking; Drug and Marijuana Distribution; Domestic or Physical Assault; Emotional Abuse Charges; Battery; Stalking; Gun Possession; Breaking and Entering; Grand Theft Auto; Bankruptcy Fraud; Insider Trading; Medical Crime; Mail Fraud; Public Corruption; Pension Fund Crime; Securities Fraud; Financial Fraud; Forgery; Attempted Murder; First or Second Degree Murder; Justifiable Homicide; Involuntary Manslaughter; Vehicular Manslaughter; Kidnapping.

Areas of Law Description

Hebets & McCallin, PC represents clients in the following areas of practice:


Meeting our client's needs and objectives is our number one priority. We have dedicated our DUI practice to maintaining a small case-load so that each and every one of our clients gets the personalized attention that they deserve.

- Drug Crime

We have successfully defended numerous clients with drug related charges in Denver and across Colorado. Our attorneys are experienced in criminal law and are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients.

- Juvenile Crimes

We are experienced juvenile criminal attorneys that are very familiar with these cases. We handle them routinely with great success.

- Domestic Violence

Our practice focuses on criminal law and protecting the rights of the accused. With the help of our team of attorneys, we investigate your case and create a strong defense to present in court on your behalf.

- Traffic Offenses

We have experience with a wide variety of traffic law cases, covering everything from minor infractions to major felonies.

- Sex Crime

When facing these charges, you need a Denver criminal attorney that cares about your future -one who wants to assure you receive fair treatment and the privacy you deserve.

- Theft Crime

We are committed to defending individuals accused or charged with theft related crimes.

- Violent Crimes

We focus are practice in criminal defense, and have successfully represented people accused of violent crimes.

- White Collar Crime

We focus in protecting and defending the rights of individuals charged with state and federal white collar offenses.


Russell Hebets Mr. Russell Hebets
Assault, Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI


  • Arapahoe Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • National College of DUI Defense

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Understanding Probation

Hi, my nameís Russell Hebets and today Iím going to be talking about probation.
Now many people have heard of probation, but unless youíve actually been on probation, in a criminal case, you really donít know exactly what it entails.
So probation basically means that you are under the jurisdiction of the court. So what that means practically is that anytime a probation officer or a judge tells you, you have to do something, if youíre on probation you have to do it.
That could be almost anything. All they have to say is that it reasonably relates to your rehabilitation or to you continuing to be a law-abiding citizen. So it could be things like alcohol classes, it could be community service hours, they could tell you you have to go to Alcoholic Anonymous or you have to seek mental health treatment and maintain that treatment, it can really be anything.
As long as you comply with all of those requirements and donít get any new offenses, because that is always a condition of probation, youíre going to finish your probation whenever the time is up and then you are no longer under jurisdiction of the court. However if you screw up anything, so letís say you finish everything youíre supposed to do except you donít finish your community service, you have 4 hours to go, youíve done 8, but you didnít do the last four, well the probation officer can file a complaint with the judge saying you violated the terms of your probation, and the judge can go back and sentence you to anything that you could have originally been sentenced for. So itís really high stakes. Itís something that if you just have everything in order and you can bang through it and get it done, then itís not a big deal. But if you take your time and donít take it seriously and donít finish it, you can be not only in violation of probation, but you can very easily be going back to jail when jail wasnít on the table initially.
If you have any questions about probation, or if youíre under probation facing a revocation complaint, give us a call, we can help.

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How To Post Bond

I often get questions
about bond or bail what is it
how does that work so the short version is this
if you're arrested for an offence ok
police can give you a summons which allows you to just walk away with a
but if it's more serious they're gonna make you post bail
or bond bond is a promise to return to court
so you pundits of a schedule and you pay
that money in order for the jail to release you
as a promise for you to come back when you're next court date is
now you can post it all yourself in if you do that at the end the case whether
you win or lose or take a deal
you get that money back now of its a higher bond
or you don't have a lot of money you can use a professional bondsmen
and what you do with them is you pay than 10 to 15 percent generally
and they pay the whole amount for your you still have to show up every time
and if you don't they're going to be coming after you but
at the end of the case they get their money back
and for the benefit of having them posted for your
you don't get back your 10 to 15 percent
if you were loved one has been charged with crime that has a bond
give us a call we can set you up with the reputable bondsmen
and we can help you with the underlying criminal case

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