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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Colorado

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Colorado. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Colorado, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Colorado. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Rhidian David Watson Orr
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Greg Greer
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Glenwood Springs, CO
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Jonathan Marc Lucero
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Jeffrey Larkin Wertz
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Aspen, CO
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Jay Marcus Tiftickjian
DUI / DWI Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Clifton L Black
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Colorado Springs, CO
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Jennifer Cristina Watkins
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Boulder, CO
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Nicolas M Geman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Christian Carl Samuelson
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Houston, TX
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Jesse Dan Hall
Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Richard B. Huttner
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Englewood, CO
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Matthew A Martin
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Denver, CO
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Colorado Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) - The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) was founded in 1979. The CCDB is a group of criminal defense attorneys, private investigators, and experts who are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. The CCDB provides support and training to criminal defense attorneys through their Continuing Legal Education (CLEs), networking opportunities, and more. It also works to reform the criminal justice system by giving its members a more unified voice.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Colorado Government and Court Resources

Colorado Attorney General

Colorado Attorney General - The Colorado Attorney General serves as the state's chief legal officer, responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials. Appointed by popular vote, the Attorney General represents Colorado in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees the enforcement of state laws. Duties include prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and advocating for public interest. The Attorney General's office in Colorado is instrumental in addressing a wide range of legal issues, from consumer protection and environmental concerns to criminal justice matters.

Colorado General Assembly

Colorado General Assembly - The Colorado General Assembly serves as the legislative branch of the state government and operates under a bicameral system, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House comprises 65 members, each serving two-year terms, while the Senate has 35 members serving four-year terms. Together, they are responsible for proposing, debating, and passing legislation that affects the state. The General Assembly's duties include shaping state laws, formulating the state budget, and representing the interests and concerns of Colorado's citizens.

Colorado Judicial Branch

Colorado Judicial Branch - The Colorado Judicial Branch is entrusted with the vital role of administering justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. The Colorado judiciary also plays a pivotal role in addressing various legal challenges, including those related to environmental issues and regulatory matters.

Colorado Supreme Court

Colorado Supreme Court - The Colorado Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing cases on appeal from lower courts to ensure the correct application of Colorado laws and the state constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a wide array of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Colorado. Additionally, the Colorado Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, setting ethical standards, managing attorney admissions, and disciplining lawyers to uphold ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

Office of Colorado Public Defender

Office of Colorado Public Defender - The Office of the Colorado Public Defender is a state agency that provides free legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles accused of crimes in the state's district and county courts. Established in 1970, the system comprises 21 regional trial offices, a centralized appellate office as well as a centralized state administrative office. The office's mission is to provide effective representation to ensure the protection of due process rights for its clients

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