Wheat Ridge, Colorado Criminal Lawyers

Elaine Esther Lukic
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Former dv/sex crimes prosecutor with 22 years experience.

High rate of dismissals/acquittals ....Equal Justice Foundation. Free consultations 24/7. 22 years experience, highly recommended. Read More »
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Tanner J. Spracklen
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Criminal Law Lawyer

Mr. Spracklen is a dedicated and skilled criminal defense attorney, successfully defending Clients all across the State of Colorado against misdemeanor and felony charges. Whether you need a passionate advocate to... Read More »
Brian J. Bagley
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Dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. Call for a free consultation!

I’m an experienced Denver criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and will help you through every step of your case. Read More »
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Shazam Kianpour
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Colorado Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience

My name is Shazam Kianpour and I am am Managing Partner and Owner of Shazam Kianpour & Associates PC in Denver. We are a traffic and criminal defense law firm servicing the metro denver area and ALL of Colorado from... Read More »
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Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
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Get help now! Free consultation, aggressive representation in criminal cases.

I’m an experienced criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases throughout Denver. I will vigorously fight for your rights and help you through every stage of your case. Read More »
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James F. Stanley
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(720) 360-0529 12600 W. Colfax Ave., Suite C-400
Lakewood, CO 80215
Free ConsultationCriminal
Arizona State University
James Stanley has over 30 years experience practicing criminal and DUI law. He has handled thousands of criminal and DUI cases and has conducted over 150 jury trials. Mr. Stanley is a former Colorado Senior Deputy District Attorney. He knows how to evaluate the merits of a criminal case, detect defects in police investigations, recognize when an individual's constitutional rights have been violated, discover procedural errors and make the right decisions on how to handle the case. These skills come from evaluating thousands of police investigations and preparing criminal and DUI cases for trial. If the police...
Jacob Robert Lilly
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(303) 847-0755 12600 W Colfax Ave
Ste C400
Lakewood, CO 80215
Criminal
Cornell University
Jake Lilly is a distinguished trial attorney with over 120 trials to his name. Following a J.D. with a specialization in International Affairs from Cornell Law School in 2003, Jake joined the Army’s Judge Advocate Generals Corp. and volunteered for the 3rd Infantry Division and Baghdad. In the Army, Jake served as a Trial Counsel (Felony Prosecutor) and part time Military Magistrate Judge. Jake was responsible for cases involving Assaults, Sexual Battery, Drugs, Child Porn and Computer Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence, Desertion and numerous other areas. He handled General Courts Martial, Special and Summary Courts Martial, Article 15 hearings,...
Shaun Charles Kaufman
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(720) 435-4686 PO Box 12159
Denver, CO 80212
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
A courtroom lawyer who believes that good things come from standing strong and fighting your case.
Christopher Cessna
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Arvada, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(303) 720-7280 7314 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Denver
Attorney Christopher Cessna brings more than 10 years of experience helping clients properly handle their criminal charges, such as drunk driving offenses. Every case that the firm takes on will be handled with personalized service and close attention to the needs of the client. The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna has obtained countless dismissals on the behalf of its clients. Call the firm today to set up a consultation!
Ike Lucero Jr.
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
2145 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Born in Alamosa, Colorado, Attorney, Ike Lucero, Jr. obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University – Pueblo in 2006. Ike attended Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, graduating in 2009. He is a strong advocate for his clients, has high moral and ethical values, and was brought up on the concept that a man is only as good as his word. He works vigorously and tirelessly on your case to ensure that you receive the best outcome possible while simultaneously guiding you through the legal process....
Paula Ray
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(303) 874-5170 PO Box 12554
Denver, CO 80212
Criminal, Administrative, Appeals and Business
Federal Trial Attorney: Criminal, Civil and Appeals
Mark T Adams
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer
1388 Garrison Street
305D
Lakewood, CO 80215
Criminal
Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(303) 231-9343 12600 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(303) 433-9455 4704 Harlan St
Denver, CO 80212
Criminal, Business and DUI
Arvada, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 432-8409 5460 Ward Rd
Arvada, CO 80002
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Kyle Sawyer
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Colorado Criminal Law Attorney

The Constitutional protections that exist in our country are not to be taken lightly. Every day, it seems the government is trying to remove another freedom that you hold. These freedoms and protections are valuable and... Read More »
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Monte J. Robbins
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Colorado Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience

Colorado, Supreme Court of Colorado and United States District Court for the District of Colorado
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(303) 233-2983 2201 Kipling St
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal and DUI
Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(303) 455-6300 710 Kipling St
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Arvada, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(303) 872-6274 7884 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(303) 578-4149 12600 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal
Wheat Ridge, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(303) 940-6400 8025 W 44th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(303) 233-2983 2201 Kipling St
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal
Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 62 years experience
(303) 232-3888 720 Kipling St
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(303) 232-4883 10403 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80215
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Arvada, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(303) 424-4486 7910 Ralston Rd
Arvada, CO 80002
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(303) 477-1777 4704 Harlan St
Denver, CO 80212
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Brian J. Bagley
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(720) 730-9326 215 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Colorado - Boulder
Brian J. Bagley, J.D., M.B.A.,
Chief Executive Officer & Senior Counsel

Brian Bagley, founder of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC in Longmont and Lakewood, Colorado, is a family law, criminal defense, and personal injury attorney, an 8 year member of the Longmont City Council, and the Mayor of Longmont, Colorado. Brian Bagley is resourceful and aggressive, fluent in Spanish, and determined to win for his clients.

Prior to law, Brian Bagley was the senior analyst that assisted Jim Collins in writing the New York Times Bestseller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t. Good to...
Michael Becker
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Miami School of Law
Mike leads a 7-lawyer "dream team" that was awarded the gold medal for the LVRJ's "Best of Vegas" best criminal defense firm for 2017 and 2018. Known as one of the premier criminal and DUI defense lawyers in the nation, Mike has been helping clients fight--and beat--their criminal and DUI charges for 22 years.

Attorney Michael Becker has taken more than 90 criminal cases to trial, securing dozens of "not guilty" verdicts and hung juries. He has achieved acquittals and/or dismissals in numerous serious felony cases, including murder, child abuse, rape, drugs and prostitution.

Even the police turn to...
Tara Jorfald
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard, Suite 305
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
Criminal, Appeals and Juvenile
University of Denver
Tara has represented juveniles and adults in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and district courts and county courts in the state of Colorado. She also provides advice and guidance to trial attorneys representing juveniles, and she recently argued a juvenile sentencing issue before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Tara has an expertise in litigation of cases involving children charged as adults. Tara is a member of the Colorado Graham and Miller litigation committee and is working on a number of cases involving the resentencing of juveniles originally sentenced to life without parole. Tara also works...
Mark Thomas Savoy
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Kansas School of Law
Denver criminal defense attorney Mark Savoy had the best available training to fight criminal allegations: As a deputy district attorney with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Mark learned firsthand how "the other side" thinks. Now he uses that insider information to stay one step ahead of prosecutors in his pursuit of reduced and dismissed criminal charges for his clients.

Mark earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. While in Kansas, he gained invaluable experience by working at Legal Aid and the Legislative Research Department. He is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Kansas.
Ethan Ice
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Denver
Denver criminal defense attorney Ethan Ice is an exceptional negotiator. He can often achieve charge reductions or dismissals without a trial, sparing his clients added stress and expenses. But if necessary, he is an effective courtroom litigator and fights strategically in pursuit of full acquittals.

Ethan began his career as a Colorado Springs deputy public defender, accruing a depth and breadth of experience unavailable anywhere else. He now uses his skills to help our clients achieve the best results available as quickly as possible. Ethan earned his J.D. from the University of Denver.
Scott T. Melin
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(720) 594-5573 215 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
University of Colorado Law School
Scott Melin, J.D., M.A.,
Senior Associate

Senior associate at the Bagley Law Firm, LLC Lakewood, Colorado, Scott Melin, is an honest, aggressive, and detail-oriented attorney who focuses on high-value cases related to personal injury, appeals, civil rights issues, business disputes, family law, and complex litigation matters. Scott Melin has had years of experience in family law and is an expert in handling domestic violence cases, including spousal and child abuse. Scott Melin has had impressive accomplishments, including a $1.58 million and a $1.2 million recovery for his clients.

Native to Colorado, Scott Melin graduated from Colorado State University and...
Melissa Garscin
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Golden, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 205-8495 2801 Youngfield St. Ste. 300
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Melissa Garscin is a criminal defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience defending DUI and criminal cases in Colorado. Melissa Garscin is a Colorado native and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1998.

Melissa began her law career as a trial attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender's Office. Melissa's criminal defense experience ranges from murder, assault, organized crime, sex crimes, DUI, domestic violence, drug cases and traffic violations. Melissa is an experienced litigator and trial attorney having tried more than 100 cases in different jurisdictions throughout Colorado.

In addition...
Elaine Esther Lukic
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(303) 809-3425 200 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Former Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prosecutor; 17 years experience in criminal law; “high rate of acquittals/dismissals” for domestic violence cases. Nationally recognized for her work in domestic violence defense, and has obtained acquittals/dismissals in several high profile sex assault cases.

Listed in: Who’s Who in Top U.S. Criminal Defense Attorneys; Who’s Who in American Criminal Lawyers. Book award, Trial Workshop, (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dec. 1996); book award, Advanced Trial Workshop, (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, May 1997). Referenced by SEC in development of new regulations, “Money Laundering in the Securities Industry,”. Published dissertation Georgetown...
Jeffery Weeden
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(720) 409-3792 355 S. Teller St.
Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Ave Maria School of Law
As someone who has worked as a Colorado criminal defense attorney since 2005, Jeff Weeden has seen all of this and more. He understands the various ways that those accused of crimes get “squeezed” by the system and how easy it can be to find yourself railroaded.

His mission at WeedenLaw is to make sure this does not happen to you. How? By getting someone on your side who knows how to fight back using the law and is willing and able to do so – no matter who is on the other side or what you have been accused of...
Dalia Labrador
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Golden, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(720) 530-0646 2801 Youngfield
Suite 300
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
SE HABLA ESPANOL! Dalia Labrador is a devoted criminal defense trial attorney who brings a wealth of experience to the Garscin Law firm.

Prior to joining Garscin Law, Ms. Labrador worked for the Ryley Carlock & Applewhite law group. In a span of her law career, Ms. Labrador has settled numerous cases for clients involving felonies and misdemeanor charges. Such as felony theft, DUI's, DWAI's, internet luring, sex assaults, hit & runs, careless driving, child abuse, reckless driving, etc.

Ms. Labrador has experience both on the State and Defense side. Ms. Labrador learned how prosecutors bring charges from...
Trista McElhaney
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(720) 738-4885 215 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Trista McElhaney, J.D.,
Senior Associate

Trista McElhaney is a senior associate of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC Longmont, Colorado and a former senior associate of one of Denver's top law firms. Trista McElhaney is aggressive, efficient, and motivated to fight intelligently for her clients, making her one of Colorado’s top divorce lawyers. Trista McElhaney has been recognized state-wide for her legal services in divorce, child custody, family law, and business law.

Trista McElhaney graduated from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School where she received several merit-based scholarships. Since practicing law, her awards and...
Antony Mark Noble
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard, Suite 305
Lakewood, CO 80228
Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
Criminal and Appeals
The College of Law
ANTONY NOBLE has been representing clients on appeal for fifteen years. He has represented clients in over five hundred appeals and postconviction proceedings, and he has had success in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and several district and county courts throughout the state of Colorado. Antony graduated in law with honors from University College London, which has been ranked as one of the top five universities internationally. He then obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the College of Law in London. ...
Christopher Light
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Golden, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(720) 330-2848 14143 Denver West Parkway
Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401
Criminal, Employment and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
Christopher Light has dedicated his life to helping people and defending their rights and interests, often times, in cases where no one else would. Widely revered for his trial advocacy, Mr. Light has quickly established himself as one of Colorado’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor that is limited to 2.5% of attorneys in Colorado, Mr. Light has also been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial attorney and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has selected him to their prestigious “10...
Elisa Marie Overall
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
Criminal and Appeals
University of Denver
I help people challenge their criminal convictions. Whether wrongfully convicted or unjustly prosecuted, my clients need someone to look at their potential claims, help them identify what form of relief they need, and give them honest, practical advice. My area of practice includes helping clients get a new trial, a new hearing, a sentence reduced, a guilty plea withdrawn, a conviction vacated, or an adverse judgment remanded.

I practice criminal defense because I deeply enjoy fighting for people who have been unfairly judged, marginalized, and swept up by our criminal justice system. The law is a...
Jason Ross
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Florida State University College of Law
Denver criminal defense attorney Jason Ross has devoted his entire career to fighting for his clients facing criminal prosecution. He is very skilled at negotiating with deputy district attorneys in an effort to achieve charge reductions or dismissals. In most cases, he can win a favorable resolution while avoiding the time and expense of trial.

Jason originally hails from Florida, where he received his J.D. from Florida State University Law School. He also holds a Masters from FSU and BA from University of South Florida.
Sean Patrick Paris
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Lakewood, CO Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(303) 996-8610 14142 Denver West Parkway
Building 51, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Sean P. Paris focuses his law practice on family law, to include divorce, child custody and support, maintenance/alimony and post-decree modifications. We offer comprehensive legal solutions to meet the needs of businesses and individuals. Pearson & Paris is known for outstanding service to our clients and for our proven ability to solve even the most complex problems.

Sean Paris is known for providing outstanding service to his clients and for his proven ability to solve even the most complex problems. Mr. Paris practices in the areas of family law, commercial litigation, real estate disputes and criminal defense. He also practices...
Bradley E. Smith
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Denver, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(303) 222-0330 4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Kansas School of Law
Denver criminal defense attorney Bradley Smith had the best training: As a former deputy district attorney and former assistant city attorney, Bradley picked up all the tricks and strategies that prosecutors use to press charges. Now he takes advantage of that insider information to outsmart the prosecutors. He can usually achieve significant charge reductions or dismissals without a trial.

Bradley earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Bradley is also a Lieutenant Commander and Staff Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Matthew Fredrickson
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard
Suite #305
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
Criminal, Appeals and Family
University of Washington School of Law
My goal is always the same, to work closely with clients that find themselves in legal proceedings and to help them receive, from that process, the flexibility and options they need to live a meaningful and enriching life. The criminal justice system can stop a life right in its tracks. I try to help people return to that life as quickly and as fully as possible.
Taylor Ivy
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(303) 232-5160 215 Union Boulevard
Suite 305
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 3 years experience
Criminal and Appeals
University of Denver
Timothy D. Edstrom
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(720) 727-6648 215 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
Free ConsultationLakewood, CO Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Denver
Timothy Edstrom, J.D.,
Senior Associate

Timothy Edstrom, senior associate of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC Longmont, Colorado and state resident for over 25 years is the top criminal defense attorney in Colorado. Being diligent and service-oriented, Timothy Edstrom has had success litigating some of the most high-profile civil rights cases in Colorado history, including the Michael DeHerrera and Juan Vasquez police brutality lawsuits. Furthermore, Timothy Edstrom has conducted approximately 60 jury trials for cases such as criminal defense for first degree murder and million dollar lawsuits. Additionally, he is experienced with workers’ compensation, immigration, Social Security, personal injury, business...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.