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Brian Killeen McHugh

Criminal defense Attorney at LIttleton, CO

5.0   40 reviews

also known as Brian K. McHugh, Brian McHugh

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Felony and misdemeanor offenses including, assault, robbery, burglary, firearm and other weapon related offenses, theft, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, forgery, controlled substance offenses and other felony and misdemeanor crimes.

    37 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    DUI and DWAI charges, including cases involving marijuana, illegal drugs, prescription medications and over-the-counter medications.

    37 years

  3. Expungement
    20%
    Sealing of Arrest and Criminal Conviction Records - Adults Expungement of Juvenile Records Sex Offender De-registration

    14 years

I have practiced criminal law for 35 years, 22 years as a Deputy District Attorney and then Chief Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District - Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties. In late 2009 I opened my criminal defense practice and continue to focus on criminal law and procedure. 

Over the years I have both prosecuted and defended cases involving a wide range of criminal charges - from misdemeanor traffic offenses, DUI, DUID, domestic violence, felony menacing, child abuse, arson, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide and 1st degree murder and most everything in between.

As a member of the 18th Judicial District's Critical Incident Team, I responded to officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths.

I have taught classes on trial techniques, criminal procedure and criminal law to both prosecutors and law enforcement officers. I have testified before legislative committees on matters relating to criminal law and procedure and assisted in drafting proposed legislation in those areas. I have briefed and argued numerous cases before the appellate courts in the state of Colorado.

Each client I represent receives the benefit of my knowledge of criminal law, criminal prodedure, the rules of evidence and my experience and skill in the courtroom.

 

 

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Our criminal justice system requires that equal justice be provided to all, regardless of a defendant's personal characteristics, their economic or social status or any thing else that makes them unique individuals. 

That goal is not always achieved.
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Location

Law Office of Brian K. McHugh
26 W. Dry Creek Circle Suite 600
Suite 600
LIttleton, CO, 80120

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Reviews

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Posted by Bruce | September 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very competent professional attorney
I live in Baltimore, my girlfriend had an issue pending in Colorado from 2013. Brian handled it professionally and at a very affordable price. I work in the courts four days a week in Maryland. I understand what a good attorney looks like, this is what a good attorney looks like!
Posted by Mason | January 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Brian for a traffic offense. He returned my call quickly. He explained the process and made sure I understood everything. He was very knowledgable and his fee was affordable. The results were great. I would highly recommend Brian.
Posted by Allen | December 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended Attorney
After my experience with Brian over the past month or two, I recommend him without reservation. I appreciated his calm demeanor and professionalism. There was good communication throughout - he explained the process as it unfolded and did a good job of laying out the possible outcomes. The final result of his efforts was frankly, better than I expected.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2019
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Highly recommended
Brian brought a professionalism and understanding to a process that provides many options. He always had our best interest in mind while providing options leading to the best outcome possible. We also noticed the mutual respect between Brian and the Court Systems that led to cross jurisdictions opportunities for us. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2019
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client
I never needed a lawyer before. But fortunately, we hired Brian McHugh. He spent as much time as needed explaining all the aspects of the case with me. He walked me through what would happen each step of the way. He studied the facts carefully and gave me good advice about my options. He communicated with the DA's office on my behalf. He was calm and matter-of-fact. He always let me know that it was my choice how to plead. I was very pleased with the outcome of the case, and would recommend him 100%.
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Posted by Jo | June 30, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend speaking with Mr. McHugh for any trouble with the law that you might find yourself in. He puts his clients first and works hard to get a good outcome. Over the course of 5 months he stayed in contact with me and explained all the steps in a way I could understand. He significantly reduced my charges. I am very happy with the results!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2019
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Awesome and professional
He was great right from the start. made me feel comfortable the whole time. Which through his hard work I had a couple counts dismissed. Fantastic and always looks out for your best interest.
Posted by Kenneth | April 22, 2019
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Quality and caring legal consul
We hired Brian to help us with a difficult and emotional legal problem. He did an absolutely excellent job. He is thorough, knowledgeable and very caring on a professional and personal level. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation. Ken
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Help Fast and Imformative
Brain helped me to assess options at stake regarding a citation. He took time to lay everything out for me and made sure I had the help I needed to make a well thought out decision moving forward. I did not hire a lawyer to for the case, however, Brian left me with enough information to make the proper judgement call and asked for nothing in return for his time. I Recomment him to all deserving people.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
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One Great Lawyer
We hired Brian McHugh as my son's lawyer for a car accident that he was involved in. My son is 17 and we were worried about the outcome of the case. Brian explained all the steps very clearly and accompanied us twice in court. The out come was much better than what we were expecting, he worked out a great agreement with the DA office. Throughout the process, Brian was always prompt in replying to our emails and responding to our calls. We strongly recommend Mr. McHugh. THANK YOU BRIAN.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2018
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Brian’s help
Brian gave me a better outlook on my case and helped me through it. Thanks a lot Brian.
Posted by Ben | August 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A good hearted and non judgmental attorney
I hired Mr. McHugh on two separate occasions, the first time for a DUID charge and the second for probation violation, all of which stemmed from addiction and mental health issues. Brian always treated me with respect and kindness and drove to different counties that he usually didn’t work in, and would still figure things out and handle things professionally. I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance that is also more affordable than others. To this day I regard him not only as a great attorney who helped me through some of the toughest times of my life, but as a friend.
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Posted by Tim | April 27, 2018
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Case dismissed!
Our son was charged with a questionable misdemeanor that he didn't commit. Brian was critical in working with the DA to get the case dismissed. He was helpful and constantly available at every stage. Thanks again, Brian!
Posted by Mike | January 15, 2018
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Responsive, Thorough, and Compassionate Representation
We hired Brian to represent our son in a traffic case that could have had a serious negative consequence. Throughout the process, Brian was super-responsive, available to talk live at pretty much any hour of the evening. He was very patient and took time to make sure we fully understood the process and all of the potential outcomes. His advice and demeanor helped ease any anxiety we had about the case and he was reassuring throughout. Brian worked diligently with the local prosecutor and was able to negotiate an outcome that allowed us to move forward and minimized any negative consequences. Even after the case had concluded, Brian remained just as available and responsive as he had been before, and followed through to ensure we were comfortable with the outcome and understood everything. I would absolutely recommend Brian to anyone looking for representation with a traffic case, no matter how serious. We consulted with several other attorneys before retaining Brian’s services, and I can say we definitely made the best choice in our situation.
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Posted by Jim M. | December 13, 2017
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A decent attorney
Brian took a bad situation and totally turned it around. I was hit by another vehicle who had run a red light and I was ticket for taking the right of way. Brian went to court dealt with the DA and had my ticket dismissed. Brian was professional and courteous when we met and showed a genuine interest in getting my ticket dismissed. Very pleased with his professionalism and the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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Personable and professional
I would absolutely recommend Brian for any traffic ticket needs. I had a perfect driving record and had some bad luck with a parking lot accident that I was blamed for as well as a large speeding ticket in a school zone within a short amount of time. He fought for the best possible scenario for me in each case and helped me keep my insurance rates and got my fines down significantly as well. Brian was great about explaining all of my options each time and being very honest about what to expect and what he would do to give you the best possible outcome. He was responsive and helped in any way he could, as well as just being an extremely nice person. Don't hesitate to hire Brian!
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2017
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Great legal work
Brian did an excellent job for my son who had a deferred judgement on a felony drug possession charge. Brain could have good headfirst and fought the DA for what we wanted but instead used a very thoughtful different approach to the problem. We got excellent results and exactly what we wanted from some very good lawyering. Communication through email and phone calls was very easy. I really dont ever want to see the criminal justice system in CO again, but if I do Brian is the right guy.
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Posted by Don | May 17, 2017
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We were very pleased with our experience with Brian
Brian was very thorough throughout the process in our case. He was always very prompt, communicated well and clearly, and let us know what to expect. Our case was resolved to our liking, and we would definitely use Brian again, if circumstances arise. We highly recommend Brian and his services!
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2017
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Best DV defense
I would highly recommend Mr McHugh as an attorney. He is very intelligent, professional and knowledgeable. Before I hired Mr McHugh as my defender I went through a few different candidates. My final decision was made after I read feedbacks on Mr McHugh professional profile and I have never regret a second or dollar I spent going through my case. Mr McHugh helped me with a DV case and it got dismissed. I feel like it was the best decision I ever made in my life so far when I hired this person. He is a real Pro.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2017
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Permanent Protection Order...... DISMISSED !
My case involved removing a Permanent Protection Order that was ordered almost two decades ago. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case and appreciate the work and added attention that Brian put into it. What I appreciate the most is that Brian always responded to all of my calls and addressed my questions and concerns regarding my case promptly, friendly and in a very professional manor. Brian's experience and foresight helped me avoid some pitfalls and complications that I clearly would have encountered if it weren't for the time he spent to prepare me. My case had a few complexities that Brian's approach of covering all the bases worked well. One worthy of note is that the other party lives out of state and a court appearance near impossible. Thanks to Brian for filing specific preceding motions, the court granted the motion to dismiss without either party required to appear in a courtroom. I highly recommend Brian and appreciate what he has done for my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Brian K. McHugh
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Leroi & McHugh, LLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Brian K. McHugh
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney
  • Office Of The District Attorney 18th J.D.
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Office Of The District Attorney 18th J.D.
  • 1987 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Denver
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Colorado State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Advanced Advocacy
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. S
  • 2 point Defective Vehicle plea
  • People v. V
  • Dismissed
  • Peopel v. R.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Award of Exceptional Merit
  • Colorado District Attorney's Council
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Colorado District Attorney's Counsel
  • DUI Handbook: A Guidebook for Colorado Prosecutors
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Economic Crime Investigator Academy
  • Economic Crime Investigation
  • 2008
  • Colorado District Attorneys Association
  • Objections to Evidence
  • 2006
  • Colorado District Attorneys Association
  • Criminal Evidence
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian clearly has happy clients and is well respected by his peers as his reviews and endorsements illustrate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a true trial attorney that is not only well respected, knowledgeable but also one that will fight to protect his clients. I highly recommend Brian McHugh."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. McHugh is dedicated to his clients and his competence can be trusted. I have worked with Brian over 20 years and refer many people to him. He goes the extra mile."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. McHugh. You can tell from his thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that he has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. He spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is well-known in our legal community as being an excellent advocate. He is ethical and responsive; and has great experience, including as a prosecutor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Brian was my supervisor in the district attorney's office for several years. I cannot say enough good things about his integrity and work ethic. Since leaving the DAs office I've had the chance to see Brian and Court, and I continue to be impressed with his skills and dedication to his clients. He is an excellent attorney that I highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. Wealth of experience, evident dedication to his profession, well deserved respect among his colleagues. Any person accused of committing a criminal offense would be lucky to have Mr. McHugh by his side, on his side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian since I became a lawyer. He was my supervising chief deputy district attorney. He taught me and many other new attorneys how to try cases, how to analyze legal issues and how to act with integrity in the courtroom. I know first hand that he is an exceptional trial attorney and an exceptional man. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian has a huge advantage over many criminal defense attorneys as a former District Attorney. "they know that he knows what they know". With 27 years of practicing law and 23 as a former prosecutor you are getting experience that few in our profession have. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Brian McHugh. A truly dedicated professional who will aggressively fight for his clients. Highly respected by current and former clients. He is an asset to our legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you find yourself in need of a DUI/criminal defense attorney, you need someone with experience. Mr. McHugh is well respected in the legal community because he has the experience needed to be an effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is highly recommended in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Brian McHugh. He is one of the most caring and compassionate attorneys I know. He is also a highly skilled litigator and overall fantastic attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is one of the most competent, caring, and compassionate criminal defense attorneys that I have ever encountered. I regularly refer to him."
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