Legal

This section includes a wide variety of legal resources. Scroll through our list to learn more about the many free legal resources available in Colorado, including legal clinics.

The section does not provide specific criminal defense information, nor does it list specific lawyers. However, two of the organizations listed below (Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association) provide a way to search for a lawyer on their websites.

Legal Help

Boulder’s Conviction Integrity Unit

Denver Metro

Boulder

The Conviction Integrity Unit was established by the Boulder DA’s Office in 2018 and will investigates wrongful conviction claims in Boulder County. Click on the website for requirements to have your case considered by the CIU, frequently asked questions, and the application form.

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Colorado Consequences of Conviction Guide

Statewide

This guide published by the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office provides a description of all collateral consequences of a conviction in Colorado. Because it was published in 2014, it does not have any changes made to the law since then. It's a great place to start, especially if you're curious about employment barriers.

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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar–Find an Attorney

Statewide

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar has an online tool to help you find a lawyer. Click on the website link, then look for Find a Lawyer (orange background). Click on Areas of Practice; then use the drop-down menu beside Income Based on County (this means the lawyers work based on income levels). If you need another language besides English, use the drop-down menu for Languages Spoken. You don’t have to list the other information. If the search provides any names, you may have to call several lawyers and leave a brief message, not your whole case. Tell them you got their info from the CCDB website.

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Colorado Judicial Family Court Facilitators

Statewide

Family Court Facilitators can help you figure out what a custody case needs to be completed or closed. They help to get the case on the right path for the judge so that it doesn’t get stuck in court and to also keep it focused on the children. They tell you what papers you need to fill out and what must be done to complete the case. They tell you about different options to resolve your case (example: reaching an agreement or going to trial). They may talk with you about different processes, like mediation, where you try to reach an agreement with your ex instead of having the judge decide your case. While they can provide information, they cannot give legal advice. Have your case name ready when you call. Click on the website link for a list of court facilitators and their contact information.

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Colorado Judicial Self-Help Centers

Statewide

Colorado Judicial Department Self-Help Centers are in every courthouse in Colorado. Self-help centers have the legal forms and personnel who can help you understand the legal process for civil legal matters. Their help is called “self-represented litigant assistance.” They can’t give you legal advice, but they can help you understand the process and tell you where you might get free or low-cost help.

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Colorado Legal Services–Help with Civil Legal Issues

Statewide

Colorado Legal Services has 14 offices throughout Colorado. They help with many types of civil legal issues such as family law, consumer law, immigration, problems with federal programs like Medicaid, problems getting identification documents, and more. If they can’t help you, they may be able to refer you to another place for help. When you call an office, you will be asked questions about your income, assets, and your legal problem. You will not have to pay if you are low income. CLS will not talk about your case with anyone who doesn’t work for CLS unless you give them permission. Please note that CLS offices cannot help with criminal matters or traffic court.

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Denver–Marijuana Convictions Expungement

Denver Metro

Denver

Denver's Turn Over a New Leaf Program provides free clinics to vacate low-level marijuana criminal convictions that occurred in Denver before marijuana legalization. Click on the website to learn who qualifies and clinic locations.

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Korey Wise Innocence Project

Statewide

Korey Wise Innocence Project is based out of University of Colorado Boulder Law School. They will become involved only when the traditional methods of appealing a conviction have failed. Please see the website to ready more and to see the evaluation criteria.

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