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Chris Halsor

Criminal defense Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   17 reviews

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About Chris

Learn Chris’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Experience matters. This former prosecutor who has tried every kind of case from minor traffic to First Degree Murder is who you want in your corner. A veteran trial attorney who thrives on providing great communication and value for his clients.

    22 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    This former DUI prosecutor, law enforcement trainer and expert in all aspects of DUI (alcohol and drugs) provides a level of experience that other attorneys can't touch. If there is a factual or legal defense in your case, he will find it.

    23 years

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    When you are accused of domestic violence, in today's cultures, getting your side of the story can be difficult. Having a former prosecutor and law enforcement trainer who knows how the other side thinks is an incredible advantage.

    22 years

  4. Expungement
    10%
    Even after a person has been convicted of a crime, there is still work that can be done to help people with Post-Conviction motions and expungement.

    22 years

  5. Cannabis Law
    5%

  6. Violent crime
    5%

    22 years

I am a Colorado criminal defense attorney with 20 years of experience. I am a former prosecutor (14 years) and have extensive courtroom and trial experience. I have participated all levels of criminal offenses ranging from Traffic Offenses, Misdemeanors to serious felonies, including First Degree Murder. I am one of the country's foremost experts on legal marijuana and marijuana impaired driving. I lecture throughout the country and internationally on the subject. I have spent the better part of a decade training law enforcement and prosecutors how to do DUI cases. I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law 

Prosecution Background. I find that my background is incredibly valuable to clients. I understand both law enforcement and prosecution culture and because I spent years teaching in both spheres, I have a deep understanding of both institutional strengths and weaknesses. I can read a police report and determine the level of training as well as the quality of the investigation quickly. I also understand what it takes to get the prosecutor to see my client's side of the story, or the weaknesses in their case.

Client Approach - being charged with a crime can evoke many emotions and is often a source of stress and anxiety. People make mistakes and I provide my clients with:

  • Court Process - what is happening in the case and how does it progress? I provide my clients with a detailed explanation of the procedural aspect of the case and provide what is really happening in a case including explaining terminology, what the different actors (Prosecutor, Judge, Police, Witnesses) can and can't do.
  • Law - what does the law say and mean including what are the consequencesDiscovery - Discovery refers to all of the evidence that police and the prosecutors have collected in a case including reports, witness statements, photos and videos, test results and other items depending upon the complexity of the case. 
  • Negotiation - meeting with the prosecutor and persisting in getting the best possible outcome for a client. 
  • Mitigation/Exoneration - working with a client to provide determine any details that establish that he/she did not commit the crime, including any necessary follow up investigation. Where a client did engage in the charged conduct, what have they done or what can they do to lessen the consequences.
  • Motions - this process generally refers to the process of addressing constitutional issues - did the police comply with the requirements espoused in the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments of the Constitution? If a case is headed on a trial track, it may also address what evidence will be allowed or prohibited.
  • Trial - If a case goes to trial it is critical to know what is at stake. Knohwing the evidence, the skills and capability of the prosecutor as well as the demeanor of the judge are important. I always provides clients with the landscape of a trial including my strategy and realistic outcomes. There is always a level of uncertainty and unpredictability about trial. Not only does it require being prepared, but it also necessitates being nimble and being quick to adapt to take advantage of opportunities.

 Specialties - while I am experienced in all range of misdemeanor and felony cases there are several areas where I possess high levels of experience and expertise:

  • DUI - I spent the better part of decade teaching Colorado law enforcement and prosecutors about all aspects of DUI investigations. As a result I have an extensive understanding of how DUI investigations are conducted including the different levels of training that law enforcement receive. This is a critical piece of information in defending DUI cases and I have a pretty good gauge of the level of a training a police officer has based upon the content of their police report. Further, I know the technical and scientific aspects of both breath and blood testing. There are other attorneys who are DUI specialists, but few have the background that I possess.
  • MARIJUANA DUI - I am one of the country's formost experts on marijuana impaired driving. For anyone charged with this crime, I am simply the best defense attorney in Colorado to handle your case. 
  • MARIJUANA CRIMES - Although marijuana is "legal," there are still a great many crimes that people can be chared with involving marijuana. I was on the frontlines of marijuana legalization beginning in 2009 when regulated medical marijuana exploded on the scene after Colorado voters passed recreational marijuana I was a sitting member on one of the Governor's committees on Edibles and Servicing Sizes and a reserve member on the committe on Cultivations and grow limits. Whether a person is charged with Possession, Possession with Intent, Consumption, Cultivation, or Distribution, I can help. Marijuana law is a confusing mash of Constitutional protections coupled with statutory provisions and there are conflicts between the two that may avail a person charged with these crimes additional defenses. If you are choosing a lawyer to represent you for this kind of case, most wouldn't know the diference between a Hemp plant and a marijuana plant, or the difference between a plant or a clone or the difference between CBD and THC. If you are charged with any marijuana crime, I can definitely help. 

 

 

Licensed for 22 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 01/13/2023

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

Contact Chris

Law Office of Chris Halsor
600 Grant Street
Suite 206
Denver, CO, 80203

Reviews

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Posted by Adam | October 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Defense Attorney
Great Lawyer, Great guy. Will fight hard for you! Always answers and returns phone calls! 10/10 would recommend Chris.
Posted by Ashanti | August 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly helpful and professional
We hired Chris for a felony menacing case. He was incredibly helpful throughout the process. He answered all our questions in a timely manner and kept us updated. We were able to get our charges dropped completely thanks to him and his services didn't break the bank. We're incredibly grateful.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultations
This attorney is down to earth, his consultations are of compassion for his job. He provides detailed consultations despite knowing your intentions on cases. This is an attorney that will fight for your rights and listens to your concerns. I have reached out to many others and this attorney was the only compassionate attorney not working in the interest of money, his interest is justice and in knowing that the money will come. Justice is his first priority, I was shocked he took the time to speak with me. Highly recommended, anyone reading this, you have found the right attorney to fight for justice and not a pay check.
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Posted by Jordan | May 12, 2020
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Awesome attorney
I had never been in trouble before and I was scared until i met Chris. I was facing a lot charges and he worked hard on the case and made me feel like I was in good hands the whole way through. Better than I ever could have imagined. Would recommend to anyone in need of legal representation. Great dude. Even better attorney. Thank a lot Chris!
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Posted by Donald | March 30, 2020
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Great lawyer
Chris was very responsive, always available for a question. He took a personal interest in favorably resolving the case.
Posted by Nicole | February 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Top-Notch Professional
100++% Satisfaction -- Originally, Chris Halsor was not the defense attorney I hired, however, I am beyond happy (and quite LUCKY, frankly) that he was "assigned" to my case. His outstanding knowledge and expertise of the DUI laws (top in the state) helped me to better understand what I was up against if I decided to push for a trial - no misleading fluff or sugar-coating. Although we didn't go to trial, his professionalism, guidance and honesty gave me the confidence I needed to make my decisions throughout the entire (stressful) process. (I would've enjoyed seeing him work at a trial!) I would hire him again in a heartbeat and would recommend him to anyone needing DUI legal representation.
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Posted by Brandon | February 8, 2020
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Caring, Professional, Responsive, Knowledgeable, 10/10 <- A great a person and somehow, he manages to be an even better lawyer.
Chris is by far the best legal counsel I have had to date. He is extremely responsive and I really felt as though he took an interest in truly assisting me with my case, not just processing my matters or 'completing the job'. He went over and beyond and time and again has gone to bat for me even after my time in court was finished. EVEN NOW - Chris remains available to me, he responds to my inquiries and concerns, calls me back, texts me back, responds to my emails and has stated he will continue to do so until I finish my sentence - that is value that I simply cannot put a dollar on and value that no other lawyer has given me. I hope to never be in need of legal counsel again but if I am, Chris Halsor will be the person I call and look to lean on and support. I don't use those terms loosely, I know I can rely on Chris for his care and support. He is a credible source and his knowledge of all things needed continue to leave me in awe, if he doesnt know the answer - he will find it. Chris even went as far to assist me with an out of state case, he found me the lawyer I needed as it was out of state but then stayed present and active and even remained ontop of the person I hired for my out of state case. I have already recommended Chris's services to folks I have met who are in need, and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
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Posted by Nicholas | December 19, 2019
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Strategic, Skilled and Knowledgable
I hired Chris as counsel on a DUI Marijuana charge and within 2 months, my charges were dropped and I walked without punishment. This man has trained the cops that patrol our streets in properly detecting if a driver IS TRULY under the influence of marijuana. He has practically written the book that has been adopted by sheriff's departments across the country. He can spot any inconsistency in the a report and any "BS" from miles away. He knew every single answer to all the questions I had for him (which was a ridiculous amount). In my case, he was able to dissect the police report instantly and could tell this officer was not trained properly, he had essentially predicted what the outcome was going to be in our first meeting. He was reassuring and very professional, from how he conducted himself in the courtroom to the phone calls we had, I knew I was in great hands with him representing me. He talk's with passion and is very mindful in everything he says in the courtroom. He was very much respected by the state DA as well making Chris is an absolute powerhouse attorney. I would fully recommend his counsel to anyone in need, especially regarding a DUI involving Cannabis. Chris, you saved my life and I dare say, I love you for it. Thank you.
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Posted by Tyler | October 23, 2019
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Amazing lawyer
Couldn't have asked for a better attorney. Very knowledgable. Helped me beat a DV I should have never got in the beginning. I've never had good experiences with courts or lawyers until now. If I could give ten stars I would. Looking for an attorney? HIRE CHRIS!
Posted by Mark | September 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Chris Halsor - Top DUI Lawyers in Denver/Jefferson Counties
I hired Chris to represent me in my DUI case in Jefferson County. He is a well respected lawyer in the court systems in Denver and the surrounding counties in Colorado. Chris takes the time to review all the details and possible outcomes to each case that he takes on. Chris worked with both the Prosecutors and the District Attorney in my case to reach a plea to a DUI with a high BAC. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone needing representation in their case for either DUI or traffic violations in Denver or surrounding counties.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2019
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Miss. I was a client of Chris and Molly Jansen Legal
Chris was hired as my attorney in representing my case for a DWI involving an auto accident. This was a first time occurrence, and Chris worked with the DMV and judicial system to have my sentence reduced to a DWAI. He also provided me with the guidance and steps I would need in order to sign up for necessary education classes, probation, etc and steps to take for early re-instatement. In addition, while we were in court awaiting to be called in front of the judge, Chris heard another victims situation, and without hesitation he offered advice to the District Attorney to allow the victim to serve their sentence, by law, in another county which did offer the required services the victim needed. He did not know this victim and they were not his client, but he felt compelled to share his knowledge and expertise to the courts in order to help the victim's situation at hand. Chris has prior experience training police officers how to test for alcohol related offenses, and has been able to use this expertise in fighting for his client's cases. Chris was always responsive, knowledgeable, comforting, and overall a genuine caring person who treats his clients with the utmost respect and importance. He and everyone at Molly Jansen Legal have been great to work with, and I highly recommend their services.
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Posted by Nicholas | September 9, 2019
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Great representation
Chris did a great job representing & taking care of my case all the way until it was finished, my case went on for over 9 months. Keeping me updated the entire time & making sure everything was taken care of. Would recommend, great representation.
Posted by Rocky | August 17, 2019
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Attack dog lawyer
Chris is a very good lawyer. He keeps in touch, which for me was very important. He is also very detailed. Incredibly knowledgeable as well as a great litigator. His quick responses mingled with a little sarcasm is fun to watch as his client. He also has spent time in the DA's office as part of their team. So he understands not just the strategy but also how things can be accomplished in other ways. Long winding story short he is very good. I called him my "doberman" attorney.
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Posted by Joye | August 16, 2019
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DUI
I got a DUI last September and I have never felt worse about myself. At first I was not going to get a lawyer but after listening to good advise from many people, I changed my mind. I met Chris and it was the best choice I made. I met him at the courthouse and his attitude, friendliness, honesty and compassion made me feel so much better and that I was not alone or some low life criminal. I made a huge mistake which I needed to deal with, learn from and never let it happen again. During my probation period I had sold my house and moved to Arkansas but could not live there because of the probation. My boy friend lived there and I remained in Denver. After finishing everything required by the court I contacted Chris once again to help with a motion to get an early release from probation so I could go home. He was so helpful in taking care of this and after everything was said and done the court terminated my probation. Chris is a fantastic lawyer and I am forever grateful for his legal help and his friendship!
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Posted by Woody | August 14, 2019
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Best attorney for the money
Chris was amazing he kept in touch thruout thw entire process advised me of all potential outcomes and broke down all the legal jargin so i could make an educated decsision in my case chris even went out of his way to explore different possibilities to cut better deals usuing his network i highly reccomend him and have already passed his number out to several people
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Posted by Russ | August 13, 2019
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I highly recommend attorney Chris Halsor
I have hired Chris Halsor on Felony cases and DUI cases as an expert witness. His expertise in felony, misdemeanor, and DUI litigation is was invaluable in all of the cases he was given an expert opinion for my clients. I would highly recommend Mr. Halsor as an attorney of record or as an expert witness.
Posted by Aida | August 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
First Offense
Had the unfortunate need to hire Chris for a first time drunk driving offense. I've found him to be extremely knowledgeable about all the ins/outs of the entire process & was immediately put at ease. The everything was thoroughly explained, leaving me to feel very confident in his skills and experience in handling these types of cases. He has always been available to answering any and all questions I have had, no matter how small. I came into this process feeling like because of type of offense, I was less then. I'm leaving it having been treated with nothing but kindness, understanding, and respect. Would highly reccomend to anyone who may find themselves needing any form of representation.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Chris Halsor
  • 2019 - Present
  • Founder
  • Understanding Legal Marijuana, LLC.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Molly Jansen Law Group
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
  • Colorado District Attorneys' Council
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Jefferson County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Jefferson County District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Western State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present
  • Jefferson County Bar Association (CO)
  • 2020 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2013
  • American Jurisprudence Awared - Trial Practice
  • University of Denver College of Law
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Judicial Conference
  • Marijuana Law
  • 2020
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Marijuana Law
  • 2020
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
Endorse Chris
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris Halsor for many years and have seen first hand his abilities as an experienced and competent attorney. I worked with Chris when he was a Colorado deputy district attorney in Jefferson County. I have observed Chris in court, interacting with prosecutors and judges over the years. Chris has a special talent that is essential to be an effective attorney: He has the ability to connect with people, including his adversaries. This is how he gets the best possible outcomes in his DUI and criminal cases. He has mastered the art of negotiaton. Chris is the go-to attorney for any marijuana DUI or criminal issue. He is an expert in this field and the prosecutors know this. I endrose Chris Halsor for legal representation on any criminal or DUI case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Chris Halsor for many years, having first worked on the opposing side when he was working as a prosecutor and I was a defense attorney. He has always been extraordinarily professional and pleasant to work with or against. He knows how to listen and evaluate cases very well. Now I know him on another level, as a fellow criminal defense attorney. He is very talented in defending his clients, and works hard for them. He has amazing expertise in the area of DUI and DUID (driving under the influence of drugs), and has actually conducted trainings around the state on this topic. I highly recommend Chris!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris Halsor has been a professional colleague of mine for over 20 years. I've always known him to be a very diligent, honest, hard-working lawyer. As a prosecutor he was always very reasonable to people. Now that he is out on his own I know that he cares about every case he takes."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Other
"I have personally worked with Chris for several years and know him to be a diligent and thorough litigator who has an understanding of DUI matters which few can match, especially when it comes to marihuana intoxication. Chris is a very capable attorney in the area of criminal law and can expertly help his clients navigate the criminal justice system."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for several years, since he was a prosecutor and continuing into private practice. He is very skilled and knowledgeable in all of the ins and outs of DUI defense, and able to use those skills to best protect and defend his clients. I highly recommend Chris Halsor to any client facing a DUI charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I want to take the time to commend one of the most knowledgeable and ethical lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with; I have known Chris Halsor for over two decades and have had cases against him. Mr Halsor is a strong advocate, has compassion, and has extensive experience as a longtime prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He is on the cutting edge of marijuana law, including regulatory implementation. Excellent and trustworthy lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I have known each other for years. Chris used to TEACH trial tactics to other lawyers in Colorado. He is an amazing litigator and cares deeply about his clients. I've called him for help before on my cases, and look forward to the day when I'm able to assist him on his own cases, as well. I'd happily second-chair a trial with him or ask him to sit with me on complicated matters, as well. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone dealing with criminal charges in Colorado."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Friend
"Chris has extensive experience with a wide spectrum of criminal matters. He has tried many cases, and taught others how to do it well. Just as importantly, Chris is decent and compassionate. He might not be your lawyer, but you want him to be."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Chris for over twenty years. He is thoughtful and methodical. His dedication to his practice and professionalism is superb. Do not hesitate to rely on his expertise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am honored to endorse Chris Halsor. He is a talented attorney with incredible knowledge in the field of DUI and DUI-Drug related matters. Chris is a respected collegue and an experienced litigator. I recommend and endorse attorney Chris Halsor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse and recommend my legal colleague Chris Halsor and in particular recommend him for DUI, marijuana and drug related criminal defense. I have know Chris for over 15 years. He has become a great criminal defense attorney in general and one of few real, bonafide experts in DUI defense, DUI-D(Drug) Defense, marijuana-industry specific criminal defense and related drug crimes defense. He also has developed a speciality in marijuana regulatory issues, having trained law enforcement nationwide in the regulatory scheme involving the growing legalization of marijuana nationwide. I have known Chris since he and I worked for the felony unit of a Denver metro District Attorney's Office in the early 2000s. Chris and I tried cases together to include murder and high-level felonies. Chris then became an expert lecturer statewide on DUI prosecution before opening his own marijuana regulatory consulting firm and becoming a defense attorney. I highly recommend Chris."
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