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Jay Marcus Tiftickjian

also known as Jay Tiftickjian

About me

Voted "Best DUI Lawyer" in Colorado's official bar journal multiple times, Jay Tiftickjian literally wrote the book on DUI Defense in Colorado. He is listed in Super Lawyers and is Preeminent AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell. He was one of 13 finalists for "Top Litigator of the Year" in 2015, and the only finalist with a criminal defense practice.

Jay is the editor of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar's DUI Defense Manual and is the co-author of Colorado DUI Defense: The Law and Practice. He also edited and co-wrote Medicolegal Aspects of Marijuana, which is used across the country by lawyers and doctors dealing with issues related to the pharmacology and legal issues related to marijuana.

As a Denver DUI lawyer, he has provided expert legal analysis for many local and national media outlets including the New York Times, the Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, 9News, 7News, and Fox News.

Jay sits on the board of directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and is often asked to represent its interests in the legislature. He has been asked to chair multiple seminars for both the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, as well as other national educational organizations. His seminars focus on DUI defense, narcotics, professional ethics, and law practice management.

When he is not defending a client in court or working on a legal project, Jay spends time with his wife and two sons and teaches guitar at a local grade school.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    15 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    15 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

46 total 

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  • Harry Budisidharta

    Jay is one of the best DUI lawyer in Colorado. I can not think of anybody else that is more knowledgeable about DUI laws than him. If I ever get charged with DUI, I will definitely hire him.


    Harry Budisidharta
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Alan Wolf

    Jay is one of the foremost DUI Attorneys in the state of Colorado in my opinion. His knowledge, contributions to the criminal defense bar at large and character speak for themselves. Anyone would be lucky to represented by him.


    Jeffrey Wolf Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C.

520 E. Cooper Ave. Suite 230-24
Aspen, CO, 81612



NYCurrently registered 200107/10/2016
AZResigned 200307/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Best DUI Lawyer - People's ChoiceLaw Week Colorado2015
Top Litigators 2015 FinalistLaw Week Colorado2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Best DUI Lawyer - People's ChoiceLaw Week Colorado2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Preeminent AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Barrister's Best DUI LawyerLaw Week Colorado2013
People's Choice - Best DUI LawyerLaw Week Colorado2013
Barrister's Best: Best DUI LawyerLaw Week Colorado2012
Compleat LawyerLaw Week Colorado2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Gold Star AwardBetter Business Bureau2010
Preeminent AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super Lawyers: Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Best Graduating Law Student in Evidence - Adelbert Moot AwardState University of New York at Buffalo School of Law2000
Moot Court Writing Achievement AwardState University of New York at Buffalo School of Law1999
cum laude HonorsState University of New York at Buffalo1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerTiftickjian Law Firm, P.C.2007 - Present
AssociateFossum, Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone, PC2004 - 2007
Teen Court Judge (volunteer)Brighton Municipal Court2003 - 2010
Deputy District Attorney17th Judicial District Attorney's Office2002 - 2004
AssociateBrown & Kelly, LLP2000 - 2001
Intern Deputy District AttorneyDenver County District Attorney's Office1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Adams County CourtAdvisory Counsel - Drug Court2014 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Colorado Alternate Defense CounselFaculty2013 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationChapter Head - Adams County2012 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationFaculty2012 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseSustaining Member2011 - Present
Adams/Broomfield Bar AssociationChair - Criminal Law Section2011 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationLifetime Member2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Adams/Broomfield Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationTreasurer2016 - 2017
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationSecretary2015 - 2016
Professional Development Committee - Colorado Criminal Defense Institute: Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Non-Profit Education ArmChair2014 - 2016
National College for DUI DefenseGeneral Member2009 - 2011
Adams County Access to Justice CommissionBoard Member2009 - 2010
Federal Public Defender Training PanelTraining Panel2001 - 2001
Charles S. Desmond American Inn Of CourtMember2001 - 2002
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2002
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2002
Buffalo Criminal Law ReviewExecutive Editor1998 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI defensePlease see our awards and client feedback for a representation of the cases we handle and our reputation in the legal community.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyMedicolegal Aspects of Marijuana (Editor)2015
Law Week ColoradoFelony DUI Bill Returns2015
Colorado Criminal Defense BarColorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI Manual (editor)2015
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar NewsletterTen Tips Toward a Better Law Practice and Life2014
Aspatore Book publicationDefending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases2013
Aspatore Book publicationThe Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases2013
Aspatore Book publicationJury Selection in Criminal Cases2013
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyColorado DUI Defense: The Law and Practice2013
The New York TimesColorado State Lab Accused of Mishandling Evidence2013
Thomson West publicationGetting a DUI in Colorado: What You Need to Know2013
Colorado Criminal Defense BarColorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI/DMV Sentence Guide2013
Law Week ColoradoPot DUI Bill Would increase Litigation, Costs2012
Aspatore Book publicationDefense Strategies for Drug Crimes2012
Thompson Publishing Group/WestNavigating DUI Drug Cases2012
Thompson Publishing Group/WestTrends in DUI Discovery2012
Law Week ColoradoBarristers Best: Best DUI Lawyer2012
Super LawyersColorado's Leading DUI Defenders2012
Law Week ColoradoFrom Offense to Defense2012
Law Week ColoradoCompleat Lawyers2012
Super LawyersProfile: Jay Tiftickjian - DUI/DWI Defense2011
The Colorado LawyerABBA Adds New Criminal Practice Section2011
Denver PostTheft Charge Dropped Against 85-Year-Old Brighton Woman2011
Super LawyersProfile: Jay Tiftickjian - Criminal Defense2010
The VindicatorNew Law Means Harsher Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders2010
Buffalo NewsDear Me2003
Buffalo NewsDrug Convict's Sentence Cut by 210 Years2002
The Docket: Denver Bar AssociationMore Bar Exam Tales2002
University at Buffalo News ReleaseUB Law Students Honored At Commencement2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
State University of New York at BuffaloEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Roadshow: Grand JunctionFelony DUI Law Update2015
Roadshow: Glenwood SpringsFelony DUI Law Update2015
Roadshow: Durango Public Defender's OfficeFelony DUI Law Update2015
RoadShow: BoulderFelony DUI Law Update2015
Mile High Association of Legal ProfessionalsDUI Basics2015
Hanging Your ShinglePanel Discussion2015
Felony DUI: The Law and PenaltiesFelony DUI: The Law and Penalties2015
CCDB Roundtable: DUI LawRoundtable: DUI Law2015
Alaska Bar AssociationChanges to DUI Defense in the Wake of Marijuana Legalization2015
Hanging Your ShingleRoundtable2014
DUI Nuts and Bolts (Seminar Chair)Ethics Update in DUI Defense2014
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationDUI Roundtable2014
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Annual DUI SeminarEthics Update2014
Boulder County Bar AssociationHelp! I got a DUI. What do I Do?2014
Annual Ethics UpdateEthical and Effective Advertising for the Criminal Defense Attorney2014
Weld County CCDB ChapterNew Driver's License Laws2013
Jefferson County Bar AssociationNavigating the New Colorado DUI Laws2013
Colorado Bar Association Hanging Your ShingleLaw Firm Management Panel2013
Colorado Bar AssociationNavigating the New DUI Laws2013
Colorado Bar AssociationAnatomy of a DUI Case2013
Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel Trial SchoolClosing Arguments: Strategies to Persuade (Almost) Anyone2013
CCDB Annual DUI ConferenceTaking Care of Yourself - Ethics2013
Arapahoe/Douglas County Public Defender's OfficeDMV Consequences in DUI Cases2013
Adams County Bar AssociationA Brave New World: The New DMV Rules2013
Knowledge in DUI Defense Symposium: Cambridge, MAAddressing the Non-Testifying Client in Jury Selection2012
Colorado Public Defender's Office - Adams CountyDrugged Driving 1012012
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association Annual Ethics SeminarFinding a Work-Life Balance that Floats2012
Adams/Broomfield Bar AssociationDUI Related Driver's License Revocations2011
Society and the LawCriminal Law and its Role in Society2007
DA's Noon Training SessionLegislative Amendments2003