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About me

I am a long-time Colorado Springs resident, having grown up here, attended Mitchell High School, Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

As a Colorado criminal defense lawyer, I have dedicated my career to helping those charged with criminal violations since 2000. My passion is helping those being prosecuted by the government, so I focus my practice exclusively in Colorado criminal defense, in El Paso County (Colorado Springs, etc), Teller County (Cripple Creek & Woodland Park), Pueblo County, and Douglas County (Castle Rock and South Denver).

When individuals are charged with criminal violations, they need to ensure that they receive exceptional legal representation from a veteran Colorado ciminal defense attorney. Far too often, a person without an experienced lawyer will unknowingly waive important legal rights immediately after arrest. It is important to talk to a criminal defense lawyer immediately, rather than waiting until it's too late, then realizing you need a lawyer.

And you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows the system, the judges, and the prosecutors, not a "jack-of-all-trades" who happens to dabble in criminal defense as one of many practice areas. I am exclusively a Colorado criminal defense lawyer, practicing as part of a respected Colorado Springs law firm, Black & Graham. I also practice in the area of medical marijuana, advising the owners of Medical Marijuana Centers and Caregivers about the leglaities in this evolving and changing area.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    16 years, 600 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    16 years, 360 cases



Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

25 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer. As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Black and I worked together on numerous cases, and I always found him to be ethical, knowledgeable, and a zealous advocate for his clients.


    William Beck Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Diane K. Bross

    Cliff is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. He is an outstanding lawyer and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for one of the best attorneys in town.


    Diane Bross Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


128 S Tejon Street, Ste 410
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-2226


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best of 2011Colorado Springs Independent2011
Wall of FamePikes Peak Community College2007
Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young LawyerEl Paso County Bar Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlack & Graham, LLC and Clifton L. Black, LLC2000 - Present
OwnerClifton L. Black, LLC2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Springs Medcial Cannabis CouncilAdvisor2009 - Present
NORML Legal CommitteeBoard member2009 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense BarMember2002 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
El Paso County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Colorado v. Clientdismissal
The People of the State of Colorado v. Robert CrouseCourt rules in Mr. Black's client's favor.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Domestic Violence ReportDomestic Violence2009
General OverviewDUI - Driving Under the Influence2009
Law EnforcementDUI - Driving Under the inluence / Drunk Driving2009
Drinking and Driving InvestigationDUI - Driving Under the Influence / Drunk Driving2009
Chemical Tests (Blood, Breath, and Urine)DUI - Driving Under the Influence / Drunk Driving2009
Department of Motor VehiclesDUI - Driving Under the Influence / Drunk Driving2009
Penalities Under Colorado LawMarijuana2009
Medical MarijuanaMedical Use of Marijuana2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Colorado - Colorado SpringsN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1997
Pikes Peak COmmunity CollegeGeneral StudiesAssociate1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal issues surrounding Medical MarijuanaMedical Marijuana and Criminal Defesne Issues2011
Medical Cannabis ExpoMedical Cannabis and the Law2010
How to start a medical marijuana business in ColoradoLegal issues in Medical Marijuana Caregiving2010
El Paso County Bar annual Family Law Updatefamily law and Medical Marijuana2010
City of Colorado Springs City Council MeetingRegulations for Medical Marijuana2010