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Douglas T. Cohen

Douglas T. Cohen

Former Prosecutor with over 20 years experience - Here to Listen & Help You!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Colorado
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I am a former Colorado felony prosecutor with over 23 years legal experience. I am and here here to listen and help you with your criminal defense, family law issues and child custody cases.

I take pride in getting to know about my clients and their lives, so the prosecution and courts don't just treat them like a number. I don't shuffle my clients off to younger associates. I personally handle all my cases. I am a zealous and passionate advocate for all my clients, many of whom stay in contact with me after their cases are completed.

After graduating college, I worked as an investigative reporting covering police and courts, including major criminal and civil cases and police investigations. This led me to transition in 1993 to law school.

I began my career as a prosecutor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. After honing my trial and negotiation skills in county and felony court, in 2000 I moved to the Denver metro area, and was hired as a felony prosecutor in the Family Violence Unit in the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

I served as a felony prosecutor handling major criminal cases until 2007, when I was hired as a Senior Attorney and Director of Investigations with Qwest Communications, a Fortune 500 telecom company. After Qwest was purchased by Century Link, I returned to the District Attorney's Office in Jefferson County, where I served in felony court and the Special Victims Unit and was on the officer's homicide case rotation.

In 2014, I left the District Attorney's Office and brought my extensive trial and litigation experience to my own law firm. In 2016, I became partners with Todd Narum, an experienced and well-skilled family and criminal defense attorney whom I had tried a case against while a prosecutor.

Todd and I co-manage a boutique law firm and pride ourselves on providing personal attention to all our clients. We are here to listen and help you.

University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. (1996) | Law
Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court=Appellate Competition Finalist
Activities: Environmental Law Review, Columnist for college paper
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1986) | Journalism
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Professional Experience
Partner, Chief Litigator - Criminal Defense and Family Law
Peak Legal Services LLC
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Partner in Criminal Defense and Family Law firm. We have 35 years of combined legal experience in criminal law and family law matters in Colorado courts. We pride ourselves on running a smaller firm with two partners and a dedicated paralegal who do all the court in providing direct representation to clients, rather than assigning clients to less-experienced associates. We have tried over 150 jury trials and have experience in major felony cases such as murder, assaults, drug charges, as well as misdemeanor crimes such as DUI, domestic violence and harassment. We also handle a variety of family law matters, including full divorces, to post-divorce decree matters such as parenting time, decision making, child support and relocation.
Senior Deputy District Attorney from 2001-2007 and 2011 to 2014.
Jefferson County - 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office
Assigned to homicide case team as well as special victims unit and domestic violence teams. Tried numerous felony cases in Jefferson County District Court, one of the largest counties geographically and population-wise in the state. Trained other prosecutors at the annual Colorado District Attorney's Council trainings. Appointed by the Governor of Colorado to a special Child Fatality Review Board.
Senior Attorney
Qwest Communications
Responsible for directing and conducing complex, high-level investigations and civil fraud, theft and misuse of corporate assets, and potential criminal misconduct within company. Directed nationwide team of investigators.
Felony Deputy District Attorney
Jefferson County - 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office
Prosecuted all major felony crimes including murder, robbery, sexual assaults drugs, assaults, domestic violence, theft.
Deputy District Attorney
El Paso County - 4th Judicial District Attorney
Investigative Journalist
The Palm Beach Post & Fliorida Today newspapers
Articles & Publications
Taking Words Fot Granted: Why Congress Should Expressly Devine Words In the ESA’s Taking Provision
University of Missouri School of law - Environmental Law & Public Policy Review
Speaking Engagements
Corporate Investigations - Responding to and Investigating Compliance Concerns, Houston, TX
Professionalism & Ethics in Prosecution of Family and Persons Crimes, CDAC Annual Conference, Colorado
Colorado District Attorney's Council
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence litigation, CDAC Annual Conference, Colorado
Colorado District Attorney's Council
Colorado Bar Member
Top 100 - Criminal Defense
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
Top 100 Attorney - Criminal Law
National Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations
Denver Bar Association
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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
- Current
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Family Law Bar Association
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Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - ACFE
- Current
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Colorado Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We provide our clients the option of a flat fee or hourly fee in criminal cases and an hourly rate in family law cases.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
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Legal Answers
Q. What do they mean when the dissmiss with or without prejudice
A: “With prejuduce” means the Prosecution can never re-file the case. “Without” means they can. Almost all criminal cases are dismissed “without” prejudice. In Colorado, there is no law here in Colorado that gives the judge the authority to require a dismissal “with” prejudice if the DA dismisses “without” prejudice. The reason for “without” prejudice is in case the government is given or finds new evidence (like a video of the theft for example) then the government can re-file the case. It’s rare but it goes happen.
Q. What to do if im being threatened with authoritative action
A: Although I can’t comment on the specifics of any particular matter here, generally what you describe sounds like a scam to extort you. When police do online undercover stings, they cannot use any lewd photos of minors. Anyone who demands money instead of reporting a suspect to police is likely perpetrating a scam.
Q. What are the codes on probation extension and can it exceed the max sentence of the crime
A: Good day, The short answer is "it depends, more info is needed." The longer answer: If this is a Colorado case, every felony and misdemeanor in Colorado has a different presumptive range of what you can be sentenced to. However, in general, the maximum years you can be sentenced to on a misdemeanor is five years. But on a felony, the maximum number of years of probation is within the court's discretion (unless it is a sex offense where a whole difference sentencing scheme is involved under the Lifetime Supervision Act, and where you can be on probation, therefore, for a range of years up to life.) In addition, there is a difference between being sentenced and re-sentenced. If you are re-sentenced, the Court can pretty much sentence you to whatever the original sentencing range allows for in terms of probation, jail or prison. However, if you already have done prison time, for example, the court may have to give you credit for time served against the new sentence. But for probation, how long the court can re-sentence you really depends on the level of crime (felony or misdemeanor) and not so much on the original sentence. I encourage you to seek further advice from an attorney online if you need to address an issue specific to your case.
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