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Christopher Hunter Cessna

also known as Christopher H. Cessna

About me

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?


Call us today for a free consultation, and see how we put this knowledge to use in fighting your case. 303-456-1600.   




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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 95%
    27 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
    27 years



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The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna

7314 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO, 80002

Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna

2137 Lafayette Street
Denver, CO, 80205



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appreciation of Law Enforcement Service PlaqueThe First Judicial District Office of the District Attorney2002
Honor Graduate MedalUnited States Air Force1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerCessna Law Office, LLC.2002 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney1998 - 2002
Federal Law Enforcement AgentU.S. Department of the Interior1989 - 1996
State Law Enforcement Officer (NC, CO)State of N. Carolina and Colorado1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2003 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense BarMember2002 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Satisfied ClientClient Found Not Guilty by Jury on all DUI Counts
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Admissability of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus in Colorado DUI CasesAppellate Brief Submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Colorado State UniversityNatural Resource ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Ohio State UniversityCriminologyTransferred to Colorado State UniversityN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winning Your DUI CaseDUI Defense2008
How to Fight and Win DUIs/DWIsAdvanced DUI Training2007
Guest Legal InstructorHow to Prosecute the Bomb-proof DUI Case2007
Guest Lecturer at University of Denver Law SchoolDUI Defense and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing2006
Police Academy Legal InstructorPolice Report Writing2004
Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)Constitutional Law for Police Officers2003
Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)Police Report Writing2002
Police Academy Instructor (Adjunct)Constutional Law2001
Police Academy InstructorConstitutional Law2000