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Christopher Hunter Cessna

DUI and DWI Attorney at Arvada, CO

4.7   23 reviews

also known as Christopher H. Cessna

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    35 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Although we selectively handle "political" crimes such as DUI and Domestic Violence, we will take any criminal case if the case has a special interest for us.

    35 years

Chris' background, experience and specialized scientific training couldn't better scripted to help you defend your DUI matter.  As a former DUI police officer, and prosecutor, and DUI defense attorney for the past 10 years, Chris has extensive experience in every phase and in the role of every player critical to your DUI. This knowledge is vital to properly defending your DUI. Its like having the other team's playbook in your hands before the biggest game of the season.


Before law school, Chris Cessna served as a law enforcement officer for ten years.  During this time, he received formal training and experience in conducting DUI investigations through the administration of standardized field sobriety testing and the operation of the intoxilyzer 4011 and 5000.


In 1996, Chris was accepted into the University Of Denver College Of Law.  During his law school tenure, Chris served as a law clerk to the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation. After his second year of law school Chris served as an intern deputy district attorney prosecuting traffic cases at trial, and was selected to research, write and submit an appellate brief to the Colorado Supreme Court for its deliberation and consideration on the admissibility of “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus evidence in DUI cases”


After graduating from law school in 1999, Chris was immediately hired as a full-time deputy district attorney prosecuting DUI cases and trying numerous jury trials involving complex scientific evidence such as breath, blood and other chemical tests.                


In 2002, Chris opened his own private practice with a concentration on defending DUI matters.  Since that time, Chris’ litigation skills and understanding of the complexities of drinking and driving offenses has resulted in obtaining regular dismissals of drinking and driving charges for his clients either during the pre-trial phase, motions phase or jury trial phase of a case.


The reason Mr. Cessna obtains so many dismissals for his client is because of his extensive background in the formal sciences of breath testing, blood testing and standardized field sobriety testing (SFST). Always ask any attorney you may be thinking of retaining about their background in the science of breath, blood and SFST testing. You will find that only a rare handful of attorneys handling DUI matters have this vital, but necessary experience. If the attorney you are interviewing doesn't have this background - how will they beat the blood, breath or SFST evidence the government is planning on using against you?




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The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna
7314 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO, 80002

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4.7 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by Reginald | August 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
He is the true definition of G.O.A.T.
He helped me get threw the cas first DUI the put bunch of charges on me Chris did everything in his power to get this dropped he is the greatest of all time that’s a real GOAT recommend him to everybody pleaee wonderful guy and team that works hard
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
True Professional
Mr. Cessna is a true professional in his field, my sincerest gratitude goes to him for my excellent legal representation. Immediately after or first meeting he helped me put my mind at ease and put forth extra time and effort on my behalf. He never promised me any particular results but he did promise that he would work hard and to the best of his abilities to provide me with the best possible outcome. I would recommend Mr. Cessna to anyone. Thank you Mr. Cessna for your dedication and hard work in defending my case.
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Posted by Erik | August 14, 2017
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Finding a good lawyer.
I hired Chris because he was straight with me and Was willing to take my case to trail. I would recommend him to anyone with a legal problem If your not willing to plea he is the person I would use.
Posted by Kris | August 13, 2017
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Amazing attorney
I hired Chris to represent my husband. I am extremely happy with his work, professionalism, compassion and dedication to our case. He got the prosecutor to dismiss all my husband's charges in a very short time! It meant the world to us. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs legal representation!
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Cessna Law - Excellent
Hiring Chris was an excellent decision for me, my case and my future. He and his assistants were organized and diligent with my case, leading to a successful reduction in my sentencing to practically nothing. Chris’ professionalism and years of experience are invaluable assets both in and out of the courtroom, also giving me, as a client, assurance among so much unpredictability. Throughout all my uncertainty and concern, I appreciated his respectfulness, honesty and practical yet strategic approach. Cessna Law actively communicated with me and I never felt uninformed. He was enthusiastic about my case and confident in his ability to reduce my sentence from day one. I am so thankful I chose Chris to represent me, and would undoubtedly recommend him needing a DUI attorney.
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Posted by Mary | May 5, 2016
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A very responsive lawyer
My experience with Mr. Cessna made a difficult time much smoother. He was always available to answer my barrage of questions. It was very clear his years of experience makes him one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the Denver metro. I would recommend Mr. Cessna to anyone that wants an involved lawyer that is always available to answer questions. As for the reviews that claim Mr. Cessna is not responsive are simply not true. Within hours of calling, we had many of questions answered and it relieved a lot of worry.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2014
Chris Cessna DUI law pitbull
"What a client deserves in exchange for the cost of good representation is a trial attorney whose reputation spans decades and across hundreds of miles of distance. In my experience Chris Cessna's presence in two separate cases, taking place in two counties, in different areas and cultures here in Colorado, was the difference between inevitable jail time and an end result of wiping my record clean. There is no better service of instilling confidence for a defendant than when a judge and team of district attorneys knows your lawyers name and scope of expertise before you ever step foot in the courtroom. On the day of my motions hearing, I watched two respected, competent, and very self-assured police officers all but crumble under the pressure of Chris' line of questioning and defense strategy. The district attorney’s only witnesses’ testimonies were reduced to stuttering and stammering incompetence on the stand in the wake of Chris' calculated uncovering of their lack of DUI law knowledge and their unethical practices in the field. The judge suppressed all relevant evidence gathered by these officers. Subsequently, the D.A.'s office was left with no choice but to volunteer an unconventional and highly desirable offer. Without Chris, the testimony would have been admitted as evidence and seen at trial as my word against that of two well-established officers of the law. As a young professional, this win weighs heavily for my ability to move forward with my life, career, and goals. For this reason I will always be indebted to Chris for his hard work. “
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Posted by Chris | March 2, 2014
Chris Cessna was outstanding thru out the whole ordeal and without his skills i can honestly say my career would have been nothing short of OVER. I have nothing but high praise for his performance
Posted by Bob | February 27, 2014
The best and most honest man that wins cases!
Chris is one of kind attorney that will honestly tell you what he believes hew can do for you. He handled my case and did exactly what he thought he could do for me. In my case that happened to be win, and keep my record clean so that I'd have a 2nd chance to learn from my mistake. Chris is an honest man that will listen, and teach his clients through the process. I'm indebted to him for life.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2013
Let's just say I had a double case of incredible doubt that my case would ever win! But when I came to Chris, I just let my previous lawyer go, and I told him I know my case looks like I would have no fighting chance, but with all odds against me - I told him I wanted to fight, and he fought for me. I ended up winning my trial by jury case and my second case without having to go to court. I would highly recommend Chris. He kept me positive, and helped me fight my case. Outstanding lawyer and individual.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2010
Christopher Cessna
Mr. Cessna is an awesome attorney! He is thorough, responsive, detail oriented, extremely knowledgable and a good person. You will be in excellent hands with Chris as your attorney.
Posted by Jim | July 9, 2010
DUI Case
Chris and his team took the time to review all of my case and gave options. All others I talked to just wanted the $1000 and plead me out. Chris and his team weren't cheap, as per the adage "you get what you pay for". I am VERY happy in my resolution of my case. I would recommend Chris and team to anyone with a "questionable" stop/ticket.
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Posted by Thomas | June 27, 2010
Satisfied Client
Chris and his staff handled my case proficiently. There were some scheduling conflicts encountered during the pretrial phase, some of which were on the prosecutions actions. Chris was always prepared for any contingency, which made me feel well represented at all times. I'm sure that every individual case is somewhat different from mine, but my opinion of Chris, is that he's the greatest DUI attorney in America.
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Posted by Chris | June 23, 2010
Chris Cessna Review
Chris is an excellent attorney with pertinent world skills that makes him ideal as a lawyer in his field. He is persistent and has the integrity to be honest to his clients. I was very satisfied with my experience and would use him again and recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Al | June 23, 2010
Thank You Chris...
I was very pleased with Chris Cessna's handling of my case. He was very knowledgeable on all facets. He was very impressive when he questioned the officer on the stand at the motions hearing. Chris did not give me advice, he gave me options, and I appreciated that.
Posted by Angelle | June 22, 2010
Thorough and Honest
Mr. Cessna was up front and thorough about his services and fees from the very beginning. He is extremely knowledgeable and he communicated information to me in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner. His paralegal, Hayley was wonderful to work with and maintained an exceptionally positive demeanor. I highly recommend Chris Cessna.
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Posted by Sarah | August 19, 2009
Review for Christopher Cessna
I was at a very scary time in my life, so finding Chris to be my lawyer was reassuring and relieving. He always made time for me and kept our appointments. He was very straight forward and direct in retrieving information from myself and other witnesses needed. I brag about him to people when they mention needing a lawyer. I've stayed out of trouble since then so I have not needed him, but if I did, he would be the first person I'd contact.
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Posted by Rhonda | August 19, 2009
A real American Hero
I fully recommend Chris for all of your legal needs. He is supportive, empathic and a tremendous advocate as well as a very personable individual. I found myself in a very frightening situation and was fearful that it would have dire effects on my career and life. Chris supported me both emotionally and legally and resolved the situation legally. He and his staff were always friendly and caring and keep the lines of communication open at all times. After retaining Chris, and becoming aware of his legal expertise and experience, I believe that I could not have found a more perfect attorney. He is the best in his field and I strongly recommend him for legal needs. Thanks Chris.
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Posted by Rob | August 18, 2009
When I first met Chris he was so busy we could only talk by phone not in person. I must admit I was a little concerned about hiring an attorney that I had never met in person. It turned out is was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you are looking for an attorney that will mercilessly fight for you through the courts on a DUI charge, Chris is that attorney. He specializes in DUI law and with the courts being as politicized as they are today you need an attorney like Chris to balance the odds that are so very against you. In my cass Chris was able to get my multi offense DUI reduced to a reckless driving which I might add was above and beyond what I expected. You may find Chris to be a little more money than some of the others, but in my opinion he was worth every penny
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Posted by Ruffina | August 17, 2009
DUI Expert
When I received my thrid DUI I knew I had to get a lawyer. I picked Chris because of his background and expertise. The money he charged was well worth it. I had a lot to loose and Chris was able to plead my case down to a reckless driving ticket. This prevented me from going to jail and maintain my job. I would recommend him to anyone who has had a DUI. I had rights violated that I would have not been aware of if it wasn't for Chris.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Cessna Law Office, LLC.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agent
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • 1989 - 1996
  • State Law Enforcement Officer (NC, CO)
  • State of N. Carolina and Colorado
  • 1987 - 1989
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  • University of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Colorado State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987
  • The Ohio State University
  • Transferred to Colorado State University
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Satisfied Client
  • Client Found Not Guilty by Jury on all DUI Counts


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna
  • Founding Attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation
  • Law Clerk
  • N/A
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Appreciation of Law Enforcement Service Plaque
  • The First Judicial District Office of the District Attorney
  • 2002
  • Honor Graduate Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 1986


  • The Admissability of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus in Colorado DUI Cases
  • Appellate Brief Submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Trying Serious Bodily Injury & DUI Death Cases,
  • 2021
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced Cross Examination Techniques
  • 2019
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Defending Modern Drug Cases, 11 th Annual Seminar
  • 2018
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • DUI and DUID: Advanced Practice
  • 2018
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Jury Instructions and Motions Practice
  • 2015
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Felony DUI: The Law and Penalties
  • 2015
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Anatomy of a DUI Case,
  • 2015
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Spring Update:
  • 2015
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence (21 st Annual)
  • 2014
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Annual Colorado DUI Conference at Breckenridge
  • 2013
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence (19 th Annual)
  • 2012
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DWI Defense Project Seminar
  • 2012
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Guest Speaker/Instructor, Trial Skills Series: Motions Practice
  • 2011
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain High DUID Defense School at 10,000 Feet
  • 2010
  • Winning Your DUI Case
  • DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • How to Fight and Win DUIs/DWIs
  • Advanced DUI Training
  • 2007
  • Guest Legal Instructor
  • How to Prosecute the Bomb-proof DUI Case
  • 2007
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Denver Law School
  • DUI Defense and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2006
  • Police Academy Legal Instructor
  • Police Report Writing
  • 2004
  • Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)
  • Constitutional Law for Police Officers
  • 2003
  • Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)
  • Police Report Writing
  • 2002
  • Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)
  • Constutional Law
  • 2001
  • Police Academy Instructor
  • Constitutional Law
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (38)
Given (34)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unequivocally endorse Mr. Cessna. When a client is charged with a DUI, there are typically two options: plead guilty or go to trial. Unfortunately, most attorneys are too willing and eager to have their clients plead guilty. In contrast, Mr. Cessna will evaluate every possible defense and he does not hesitate to go to trial. The prosecution offices throughout the State know that a DUI conviction is far from certain when Mr. Cessna is the defense attorney. He is also a well respected expert in the defense community. Whenever I have a legal question or I need help with trial strategy, Mr. Cessna is the first attorney I call."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Cessna is knowledgeable, easy to talk to and adept in his field. We worked on a case as counsel defending co-defendants and he did excellent work on the case!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cessna is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris Cessna for sometime. He is an excellent and nationally recognized DUI defense attorney. I have witnessed first-hand is commanding knowledge of all the forensic science in a DUI case and how he effectively uses that knowledge to destroy the prosecution's case. His experience as a former police officer and a prosecutor also add a great deal to his representation of his clients--especially at trial."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was fortunate to have had the opportunity of working with Chris in completing the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing certification course in Denver. He has a keen understanding of how to challenge these roadside coordination exercises. I know he puts this specialized knowledge to work in skillfully defending the accused drinking driver."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cessna is a leader in the national DWI defense bar. He is in constant contact with the best DWI attorneys across the nation. He consistently attends the best training available for DWI/DUI defense lawyers. Moreover, his experience as a police officer gives him a unique perspective in defending DWI/DUI cases. Attorney Cessna is a credit to the profession, and I endorse his work enthusiastically."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Chris for quite a while now, and it is a true pleasure to endorse his work. Very few lawyers have taken the time or given the level of effort to master his craft as has Chris, and that he applies this same focus to each case in his office is what sets him apart from the crowd."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyers work as I have learned a lot from Chris over the years. Chris's experience as a peace officer prior to his career as a criminal defense attorney gives him valuable experience not found in other attorneys. Chris and I are members of the National College For DUI Defense, an exclusive group of attorneys that coordinate and learn from each other throughout the country. He is known as one of the best DUI attorneys in Colorado, and is also recognized on the national circuit."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Chris' work. Chris is not only an incredibly knowledgeable attorney, he truly goes to bat for his clients like few others do. Whenever I have a question about a particular case of mine, I have turned to Chris Cessna to help me through the issue. His insights are unmatched and his instincts are always spot on and impeccable."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Chris through the National College for DUI Defense. I am impressed with his knowledge and experience. More impressive, however, is his dedication to his clients: nobody fights for their clients with more tenacity than Chris Cessna."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Cessna is one of the select group of attorneys in the nation who know how to defend an alcohol related case with excellence. I've known him through the National College for Dui Defense, and he has a stellar reputation. If you are seeking an attorney in this area for a Colorado case, you should hire him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I have attend national trainings and seminars. We have literally torn apart a breath machine and put it back together. I know Chris is a creative, hardworking and tireless DWI lawyer. I respect his skill, knowledge and intelligence, call him if you need a DWI lawyer. I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a warrior for justice! I have gotten to know Chris through the National College of DUI Defense of which he is an indispensible and active contributing member. He distinguishes himself through his superior knowledge of both the law and science. His enthusiasm for providing a zealous and effective defense for those charged with drunk driving offenses is contagious and inspiring. If you or a loved one is charged with drunk driving in the Denver Colorado area, there is nobody better!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is just flat out a great advocate for his clients. He is absolutely dedicated to his craft and knows the law and science as well as any defense attorney out there, and knows more than most prosecutors. Chris puts in the time and effort to make a difference in the lives of those who choose to hire him, and he is a man of absolutely impeccable character to go along with his skills. I would trust a member of my family in Chris's hands if ever in need in Colorado. You should be confident in trusting your own needs to Chris as well."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Chris Cessna for a number of years now. Chris's knowledge of DUI law and police science is without equal in Colorado. As a fellow member of the National College of DUI Defense, I am in contact with Chris on a regular basis. Chris's contributions to the NCDD throughout the years have been tremendous. Many new lawyers have benefited from his insights in handling DUI cases. As a former law enforcement officer, there is no one in Colorado better suited to defend a DUI case than Chris Cessna. If I found myself in hot water for a DUI in Colorado, Chris Cessna's office is the first phone call I would make."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have maintained a professional relationship with Chris Cessna for a number of years after meeting him at one of the nations top DWI Seminars. Chris and I connected immediately due to our mutual past law enforcement careers. Having worked as law enforcement officers gives us a tremendous advantage over all but a handful of criminal defense attorneys nationwide. I appreciate the total dedication that Chris shows his clients by attending and participating in continuing legal education. Chris goes beyond the call by attaining certifications in the areas most important to our field of law. I can personally attest to Chris' character, honesty and integrity. I am the Texas DWI Dude and I have one name on my referral list for the Denver area and that name is Chris Cessna. You can bank on that."
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