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James C Forslund

DUI and DWI Attorney at Englewood, CO

4.3   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    When you've been arrested for a DUI in Denver Boulder metro area or beyond and you don't think it's fair, you need a lawyer who can protect your rights...make sure you're treated fairly...and who knows how to get results. You've just found that lawyer.

    45 years, 4,999 cases

Yes, there is a Denver area (including Boulder) attorney you can talk to, who understands what you want, who is interested in you and your business, who promptly returns your phone calls and emails, and who knows how to get results. You have found that attorney. IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR DUI, YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY. We are dedicated to DUI defense and will work with you on payments. It is free to fill out our interview form, it is free to call and talk to us and it is free to come in and meet.


Who is Jim Forslund?


    * He is a member in good standing with the National College of DUI Defense, 1997-2006.

    * He holds the highest learning honors (a Phi Beta Kappa Key) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a degree with Distinction in Mathematics.

    * In addition to his law degree (Juris Doctor), he also has a Masters of Divinity) from the Iliff School of Theology, Denver.

    * He has been helping people save their licensees and their freedom for over 18 years.

    * He is admitted to practice before both Colorado and the Federal Courts and is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.

    * He was in the Army Security Agency, receiving extensive training in electronics, and held two security clearances. He spent 21 month at the 177th ASA Company in Korea.

    * He spends over 20 hours per month researching the latest cases, legal treatises, scientific literature, and articles on the subject of drunk driving defense allowing him to be on the cutting edge of DUI defense at all times..

    * He graduated from the University of Denver Law School in 1979 and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in that same year. Many attorneys must take the bar exam more than one time to pass

    * He has never been disciplined by the State Bar.

    * He is doggedly independent, and believes in challenging everything for his clients' defense to be successful.

    * As a matter of course, he is ready to fight your case by bombarding the District Attorney with extensive pre-trial motions, demonstrative evidence, photographs, witness testimony, videos, defense experts, essential cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses, and, of course, your testimony.

    * Clients come from across Colorado and from other states to retain his services. He focuses on cases in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties. Mr. Pareja covers Larimer and Weld counties

    * DUI Help Member 


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James C Forslund
3780 South Broadway
Englewood, CO, 80113-3612

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4.3 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Brandon | March 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome team stayed til the End after payment
Jim and Gary helped me way before I actually came to them. Then after payment they continued to help me.These guys are great !!This may not be a easy process so I wouldn't attempt it on your own. Thanks Gary and Jim.
Posted by Josh | December 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Colorado DMV Hearing/License Process
Jim and Gary were extremely helpful and knowledgeable from day one. I was in the process of re-obtaining my license after NY had revoked it for DWI. Gary continually answered my questions and spoke me through the process, whilst, explaining of Colorados generous DMV laws in relation to other states. He placed me in contact with all the appropriate folks, and although, the process took a couple of months I was granted my privilege back even though NY still maintains a hold. I would highly recommend Gary and Jim to anyone in my situation.
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Posted by Neil | May 8, 2018
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Saved my life.
I had a bleak situation with a revoked driver's license in another state. I wasn't supposed to be able to have a legal driver's license until 2022 (and this was 2011). I did a Google search to see if there was any state where I might be able to get a license and Jim Forslund's website came up. It seemed too good to be true. I was skeptical all the way until I actually received my restricted driver's license in Colorado. Jim was there for me every step of the way through the hearing process (which was initially denied and then won on appeal). I honestly thought my life was over. There's not much of a life you can live in this country without a driver's license. Jim literally saved my life. I now have an unrestricted Colorado license and am living a happy life. I urge anybody who is struggling with a revoked license in another state, to call Jim Forslund. It will seem too good to be true at first, but, trust me, it is not.
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Posted by Susie | August 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very impressed!!!
I have never been in trouble with the law--not even a speeding ticket. When I got a DUI, I was scared and very overwhelmed. Jim and his entire team (Gary and Bob) made me feel very comfortable and they were always there to answer any questions and walk me through everything regarding my case. I felt as if I was talking to friends (That were extremely knowledgeable). I would recommend Jim and his team to anyone that has found themselves on the wrong side of the law. They are there to help and will not judge. They also explain everything in layman's terms so I was able to understand what to expect throughout this process. They are also extremely reliable. Always on time and will answer e-mails and phone calls right away. Thank you, Jim!!! I guarantee I will never get another DUI, but if I do, I will call you. I appreciate you all :)
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Posted by Rick | August 15, 2015
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The Right Attorney
It started with one phone call. I had two years sober when I found Jim, finding a good job was proving to be difficult and I felt all I needed was one more chance. I searched the internet hoping to find that last chance and I came across Jim Forslund's web page and I called him the following morning. Jim was vary attentive and genuine when I explained to him my past driving history and that I was a multiple offender in my home state. After consulting with me about my case he explained to me the necessary steps that I would have to do on my end, assuring me he would be with me every step of the way - and that he was. Any time I needed to speak to Jim, he was right there for me. The proceedings went exactly as he explained. He was there to answer all of my questions all along the way. He consistently made me feel confident in the process - all the way to getting my license back. Jim proved to be an excellent attorney and someone who has a genuine want to help. Thank's Jim for facilitating the chance I needed it was a real game changer and I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by pilar4659 | September 4, 2014
the best man got this job!
I keep getting emails from Avvo to review an attorney I've hired from this site, so here goes. his name is James Forslund out of Englewood, CO. he specializes in DUI. thank goodness I made the point of reading an article that he had authored on his web site in the recent past and it got my attention. I liked that he appeared, ethical, honest, no-nonsensical, and mature in the business. those 4 attributes are very important to me when I start HANDIING A LOT OF MY CASH OVER TO SOMEONE else's HAND IN THE BEGINNING STAGES OF A PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP. but I did it and I'm very glad that I did. please keep in mind that this is only the "beginning" but I'm pretty certain he will do all that he can to help myself get back on my feet. I have a good feeling about all of this, including his level of expertise, courtroom confidence, education and love of his work. OMG! let's hope so! no, just kidding! I KNOW SO! I will let you all know how this turns outs for me.
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Posted by Wayne | October 15, 2013
Knowledge Accessibility and Integrity
I sought advice from Mr. Forslund about getting a Colorado Drivers License even though my Florida license is on permanent restriction from old DUI's. I found Jim to be quite knowledgeable about the hearing process. I'm always able to reach Him either by office phone, cellphone, or email. When I asked about Mr. Forslund at the Colorado Dept of Revenue he was endorsed as having a high level of integrity. I can highly recommend Mr. Forslund to anyone who is dealing with a driver's license issue in Colorado.
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Posted by Damian | August 15, 2012
Great Job
Jim was successful in helping me reinstate my license after a revocation in a another state. Jim was very knowledgable, prepared, and responsive.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2011
Getting my license back
Having gotten several out of state DUIs I luckily made it into Rehab and successful recovery (over 5 years of sobriety). Several years later, I became a legal resident of Colorado but could not get my name removed from the National DUI registry to get a driver’s license through the DMV even though my court requirements for the last DUI were met. Fearful that my driving privilege would never be reinstated I contacted Jim Forslund’s office and after an informative discussion hired him. As my legal representative, he and his associate Mr. Pareja, applying Colorado law, were instrumental in guiding me through the tedious CO MVD process and hearings in order for me to regain a restricted driver license requiring an interlock device for 2 years . After the interlock requirement was met, Jim provided a follow-up service representing my interest during the next round of MVD hearings. Due to clerical error and subsequent misunderstanding with my out of state records, my initial request for full privileges was denied. However, with Jim’s persistent assistance of my case with the MVD hearing office as a part of the follow-up service, the misunderstanding was cleared up and I was finally granted my full driving privileges. Mr. Forslund always received or returned my phone calls and responded to my emails in a timely fashion and always had time to discuss my case. Because of his professional and compassionate demeanor I consider him more of a friend than as my attorney. He and his associate Mr. Pareja are knowledgeable in all aspects of Colorado Law as it to applies to DUI and were readily accessible for all questions and concerns a client might have. As such, I whole heartedly recommend him to anyone accused of DUI or in need of excellent legal advice especially as it pertains interstate DUI and Colorado Law.
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Posted by Kristy | January 13, 2011
Knowledgeable and compassionate
When I needed advice on a legal issue, I looked in the yellow pages for an attorney. I came across Mr. Forslund's website and answered a few questions regarding my legal issue. Because it was after hours, Mr. Forslund replied the next morning and we scheduled an appointment. He helped me to understand my options and advised me on what steps to take to intiate the beginning process for handling my legal issue. I am very impressed with the professionalism and courtesy that was given to me by Mr. Forslund. He treated me like a person, rather than just another client. And I am thankful for his trustworthiness..
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Posted by David | November 15, 2010
Amazin g, Personal Servie
Jim represented me for a reinstatement hearing. I was amazed at the quality of the service: Jim called me himself each time an event occured, such as a hearing scheduled. Jim let me know what would happen each step of the way, I was never surprised by any event. Jim was a valuable representative in the hearing itself; when we got to any difficult spots he prompted me so that my case could be presented in the most positive light.
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Posted by Christopher | October 19, 2010
Regained Driving Priviledges
I feel very lucky to have been represented by Jim. Jim was extremely knowledgeable with the laws surrounding my case and with his help I was able to regain my driving priviledges in a very short time. After meeting with a number of other lawyers and spending thousands of dollars Jim was able to do for me what the others could not. I would recommend Jim to anyone in the future.
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Posted by Tom | June 16, 2010
Highly Recommend James and his Partner...
He Knew Exactly what he is doing , kept me Informed , was there to Answer all my Questions( MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ) yourself do your own home work every case is Different..To Help your Attorney...I would Highly Recommend James...
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DMV Drivers License Hearing
I contacted Jim than immediately went to see him for the free consultation. Jim explained to me that under Colorado law my case was very good for winning my license back and at the very least it would be given with restrictions under Colorado Law. He told me he just had a case almost identical to mine and the license was received with no problem. I signed a contract with Jim and have him the flat rate of 1,200 dollars. When I showed up for my hearing there was no sign of Jim. I was greeted by Gary who informed me he was my attorney although I had never met him or hired him. Gary proceeds to tell me he's had two DUI's of his own and really understands my need to drive. This man knew nothing of my case so I proceed to inform him why we are here 10 minutes before we walk in. When he sees my hearing officer in the hall he says he has had issues with her and he sure hopes we do not get her. Of course this woman calls us in and while we are walking in Gary is muttering "Sh&$, Sh&$, Sh&$" under his breath. At this point I realize I am in a real bad comedy of which I am the star and it's going to cost me my license as well as 1,200 dollars. The officer refuses my license for an existing hold in Michigan 8 years prior and Gary says he doesn't agree with that and that was it. We get up. We leave. Gary is rushing to his car as I catch up and ask what happens next. Gary asks for my phone number which he doesn't have of course being he knows nothing about me and says he'll call. I call Jim immediately and he never responded. Gary did call actually to inform me that he knows a good lawyer for an Appeal and all I need to do is come up with another 1,500 dollars. I ask what I payed Jim Forseland 1,200 dollars for and he couldn't come up with a decent response and so he tells me he doesn't really know he is just an independent contractor. Every word of this is true. I've never written a review for a business in my life. I just thought at the very least I could try and help someone else. These guys are the Attorney equivalent of common street thugs. Save your money please. God knows you are already going through a bad time.
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Response from James Forslund June 23, 2017
This review came from an anonymous source, so we are unable to address some of the specific concerns it raises. However, this client’s situation was very similar to the first case we had with new issues that had arisen at DMV on and after 02/21/17 in which we had been able to obtain a favorable ruling from another hearing officer shortly before, so there was a reasonable expectation of victory. We do not take cases on if there is not and can not guarantee specific results. As for Jim Forslund not being present to represent this client himself, it is a common situation that he is unable to appear at DMV hearings due to the press of other matters, so he has another attorney in the office attend in his place, which was the initial issue the reviewer had with our representation. When a client retains the firm, he is given business cards and is told there are two attorneys and a paralegal that will be working on his case. Gary, the attorney who attended the hearing, has 15 years with this office both defending DUIs and representing clients who have suspended licenses in other states. The fact that he, himself, has had a DUI makes him a more passionate advocate for clients who are dealing with this issue. The client was notified the day before that Gary would be at the hearing. Both attorneys review cases on a daily basis and thoroughly familiarize themselves with the facts and circumstances of each client, so the assertion that he “knew nothing of my case” is inaccurate. He only needed to know that it was a non-compact state that had created a hold on the issuance of a Colorado license. Only 4 states are not members of the Interstate Driver License Compact. Prior to 02/21/17 Colorado would issue licenses without hearings, even though these states had taken licenses away. There is a specific procedure for the other 46 states which provides for license hearings. The hearing officer to which to reviewer referred had just issued an unfavorable ruling in the second similar case, but in this instance she did not even enter a formal order, but instead only made notes in the file. Those notes indicated her decision to uphold that client’s revocation in direct opposition to the applicable law of 1 CCR 204-16 relative to the Interstate Driver's License Compact. That is the reason why Gary told him he “had issues” with her. After the hearing, Gary had other business to attend to and that is why he was in a hurry to leave. He did call the client after the hearing officer’s order was received to inform him he could appeal this adverse decision and referred him to another attorney to fight for his rights, since the firm doesn’t take on appeals to District Court. The client’s dissatisfaction with the ruling is understandable, but was not due to ineffectual representation. Clients pay a flat fee of $1,200 for our time and advice to guide them through the reinstatement process and take them to a hearing to appeal the DMV’s initial denial of getting their driver’s license due to the out of state revocation. We will also keep him abreast any changes and assist him if he is ever able to reinstate his driver privilege in the other state.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2012
Get a real Criminal Defense Attorney
These guys are all about plea bargains and they aren't very good at that. If you have a criminal case (and DUI is) get a real lawyer. These guys are so called "DUI specialists" and anything out of their comfort zone, which is anything other than a plea bargain, they won't do. They even messed up my DMV hearing and I ended up missing it because they weren't proactive in finding out when it was scheduled. I ended up having to fire them.
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Response from James Forslund January 11, 2016
Our attorneys have each represented hundreds of DUI clients at county court trials throughout Colorado over the past 25 years where there are legitimate defenses and a reasonable expectation of prevailing. In every case, it is ultimately the client’s decision to pay an additional fee and proceed to motions and/or trial. We negotiate plea bargains on behalf of our clients in situations where conviction is inevitable and it is in their best interest to try and limit the inevitable consequences of a DUI arrest. DMV hearing notices are sent directly to our clients at their address on file with the state. We advise our clients to make sure DMV has their current address and that they check their mail daily. It is the client’s responsibility to inform us of the date and time of their scheduled revocation hearing.
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Posted by Roy | September 8, 2010
Don't waste your money, you're better off without him!
I would have to agree with cheybugabee on all counts! The only reason I found this site is because I was so disappointed with Mr. Forslund's representation I decided to see if he was actually a real lawyer. When I found his posting I could only think that's EXACTLY how I felt with his representation. In fact, just minutes before our appearance we still had no defense, so my friend and I had to come up with a last minute strategy. When we discussed it with Mr. Forslund he was surprised and said it actually might work. After we won the hearing, he was genuinely shocked that we had won, and the fact of the matter was we wouldn't have won if we hadn't done what Mr. Forslund couldn't. Naturally, I felt it was best to find another attorney for my follow-up appearances. If you want to be represented by someone who knows what he's doing, then look elsewhere!
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of James C. Forslund
  • 1984 - Present
  • U.S. Attorney
  • Office of District Counsel Denver VA
  • 1981 - 1984
  • Attorney
  • Robinson & Robinson
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Veteran's Benefit Counselor
  • Us Veterans Administration
  • 1976 - 1979
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  • University of Denver College of Law
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1979
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Iliff School of Theology
  • Masters of Divinity
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Taylor
  • Not Guilty


  • Deuce Defenders
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • Swedish

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1969


Speaking Engagements

  • Palladium Auto Show
  • DUI Defense
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim Forslund provides exceptional DUI defense. Have known Jim for almost 7 years. Reasonable rates for quality work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 07
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
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"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for his effective representation of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a top-notch DUI lawyer who fights for his clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is well versed in the defense of DUI charges, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been reading Mr. Forslund's answers to questions on Avvo, and I am impressed with his knowledge and his understanding of this complex area of criminal defense. I endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Forslund has extensive knowledge of DWI/DUI law and clearly understands how to advise and represent his clients. I have had an opportunity to see how he responds to the problems presented for answers on AVVO and have determined that he is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients, while demonstrating professionalism, knowledge and passion. I endorse this lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Forslund. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His insightful contributions to Avvo show his thorough knowledge of DUI law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Forslund provides insightful, helpful and accurate advice. His knowledge and experience are clearly evident. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is exceptional in his area of practice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim knows his stuff. I have referred issues to Jim and he is smart and responsive. A very good lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Forslund is a frequent contributor to avvo, is very well versed in the complexities of DUI cases, and fights for his clients. I endorse this attorney."
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