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James Edward Merson

Criminal defense Attorney at Longmont, CO

4.7   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

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MR. MERSON STRIVES TO PROVIDE HIS CLIENTS THE BEST POSSIBLE DEFENSE.

Mr. Merson is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Longmont, CO. James Merson was a public defender in Greeley from 2005 to 2019, and was awarded "Attorney of the Year" in 2010. Mr. Merson provides criminal defense representation to clients throughout Northern Colorado. His areas of practice include felony charges, misdemeanor charges, sex offense charges, DUI's and DWAI's, drug charges, and domestic violence. James Merson believes providing the best possible defense to each of his clients is his top priority. If you need the services and legal representation of an experienced defense attorney, contact James Merson at Merson Law Office, LLC.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

Location

Merson Law Office, LLC

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Travis | January 2, 2024
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Best possible outcome
James guided me through a difficult situation with ease and made me feel very comfortable over the 2 years that I used his services. He was always available to answer any and all questions, day or night, weekday or weekend. He always fought hard for me and we received the best possible outcome in the end. Thank you again!
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2023
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excellent attorney
Jim Merson is truly a good attorney....capable, diligent, articulate, and honest. He conveys knowledge and sincerity in court and his demeanor adds a lot to his successful representation. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Tanner | April 19, 2021
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Tanner
James Merson truly embodies professionalism and knowledge of the law especially in DUI/DWAI specific cases. Not to mention he’s just a great person. I can’t even begin to explain how much of a help he was to me through this stressful process. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Elizabeth | August 5, 2020
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Would Recommend
Defendant: Juvenile Charge: Careless driving resulting in injury/death Year: 2019-2020 Jurisdiction: The case was removed from Traffic court into County court per the request of victim’s family members. Court: Adams County Experience: Merson was a great communicator who worked collaboratively with numerous persons prior to charges being made. He used proactive defense strategies to ensure the best outcome with no surprises and a fair and just charge. After charges filed he collaborated with the civil counsel, showing a great deal of humility allowing him to reinforce his arguments and defense for our case. Merson was timely, thorough and provided ongoing updates via phone, email and text. He always sent us documents prior to filing so we can look them over. The motions and pleadings paperwork was above and beyond expectations as he took a great deal of time and care to research case law and structure a well thought out defense positions. Throughout our experience we felt that Merson had our child’s best interest in mind. He listened. He never over promised and he was honest with integrity and ethics. Litigation: Our child agreed to the charges and Terms and Conditions. However, we did not agree to the all of the restitution being placed on our child. Merson litigated the restitution for us and showed up strong, eloquent, composed, and impressive with strong defense and case law to support our argument. Fees: His flat rate option for us was more than reasonable and relieved pressure of hourly fees. Result: We believe we ended up with a fair outcome in both the sentencing and restitution. Although I hope to never have the need to work with him again, if a need did arise, I would unequivocally utilize him again and would refer him to any family member.
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Posted by Jim | June 30, 2020
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He is the best
Jim Merson took my case after the public defender did nothing. Within two weeks, Jim Merson did more that the public defender did in 9 months. I highly recommend Mr. Merson. He is fair on his rates, he is direct and let's you know what is happening in your case. He is as good as they come. He gave me back my life.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 5, 2020
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Compassionate and Professional
I cannot recommend Mr. Merson enough! Extremely helpful and personal with my difficult case. He was always available when needed and quick to return calls. I hope to never need an attorney again but if I do, James will be the FIRST one I call!
Posted by David | December 23, 2019
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Excellent Job
Paid Jim Merson up front for his fees to get me a dismissal of all charges and did exactly that and paid him all his moneys upfront to get the job done worth every dime I would recommend his legal work too anyone! Thank-you again Jim !!
Posted by Terry | November 11, 2019
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Proffessional and responsive to all inquiries
James is above and beyond as a professional. In both his knowledge of the legal system and his ability to understand a quick response is sometimes all that is needed. I had to reach out from New York and he answered within a few hours. I had also sent multiple inquires (phone and email) to other attorneys at the same time and never heard back from any of them. James above all else humanized my issues and made me feel confident he was listening and understood the whole issue. He has a keen knowledge of the judges and other attorneys in the area and he immediately made me feel at ease with his knowledge. He set down a step by step plan, checked in with us to make sure we were able to reach each step, and never once was I shocked or felt confused on how our case was going. I would recommend James Merson to anyone who needs a professional, knowledgeable attorney , who returns calls, text, and emails and keeps you informed at all times.
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Posted by Kyle | October 30, 2019
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DUI TO DWAI
I found Jim online and turned out to be the best decision I could have made for my situation. He was very attentive to my case and very knowledgeable in dui law. I was charged with DUI with a very high BAC and Jim was able to get it knocked down to a DWAI. I appreciated his professionalism and would highly recommend his services to anyone facing a DUI charge.
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Posted by Johnathon | October 5, 2019
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Hardworking & honest
Highly recommended. Was wrongly accused of passing a counterfeit bill retained Mr. Merson as attorney; he not once sugar coated a thing and pointed us in the right direction the entire way. He wasn't looking to put money in his pocket but was more interested in providing the help and solution that was best for our family.
Posted by John | July 4, 2019
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Marijuana case and illegal search
James Merson went above and beyond what I would have expected from a defense attorney. He impressed me through and through with true concern and respect for me and my case. He had fresh ideas on how to approach my case which showed me he was truly giving me the time and consideration that I deserved. I had violated my current probation in California when I was arrested in Colorado for pretty much the same thing so I was a bit nervous, to say the least. I was so concerned about my case that I did a little shopping around and another respected local attorney said I was in good hands with Merson. After a motion to suppress the evidence filed by Merson was granted by the judge, I thought I was in the clear and was celebrating. I thought I won. About a month later Merson calls me to explain the DA appealed the judge's decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. WTF?!?! That can happen?. Well, it can and did. Could I really trust him with years of my life on the line? Is he going to give me the best defense I deserve? Christ this case is for marijuana in CO. My case continued to the state supreme court where Merson and I again felt total confidence that our motion to suppress the evidence would be recognized as correct and upheld at the state level because it was clearly an illegal search. Merson always responded to my calls and texts even though I'm sure I behaved like I was his only case. I still can't believe that only two of the seven State Supreme Court judges agreed with our position. No matter what Merson was ready and willing to continue the fight for me. God, I wanted to but I had to consider a lot, time, being the main thing. I chose to take a plea which continued to be a headache. Let's not forget during this whole proceeding, which took 2 years, I was technically a fugitive from my original probation in California. Merson even called my probation officer and lawyers in California and was able to arrange a deal to terminate my probation in California, unsuccessful of course, but terminated based on, I was going to be Colorado's problem. Colorado was gonna send me to prison, probation, a program or whatever. Making that happen was no joke since I was facing up to 8 years just in Colorado not including what California could have given me. I'm now one year into 5 years of probation and my 90-day jail sentence. James Merson used all of his knowledge and skills to provide the best representation I could possibly have. But truly the best lawyer I could have had. Now he's able to help you with his own practice and trust you want him working for you! I'm eternally grateful to him. Thanks buddy!
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Posted by Shannon | June 19, 2019
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Highly recommended
Very grateful for this man. He fought hard for my freedom. He kept me hopeful when I thought it was all falling apart.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2020
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False advertising
When you first go into Mr. Merson’s website, you’re greeted by a greeting that says he’s knowledgeable and he knows what he’s doing. But as soon as you get to the court dates and the DAs start putting the heat on him, he buckles. he claims to be knowledgeable in DUIs but is not, I was on probation for my second and I had gotten pulled over for a third. With mandatory jail sentences on both, I had already served one and he let me miss out on a week of my life. I highly recommend going to someone else
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Merson Law Office, LLC
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Instructor
  • University Of Colorado Law School
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Trial Attorney
  • Colorado Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2019

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Colorado State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Alternate Defense Counsel
  • Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory Committe
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year
  • Colorado State Public Defender
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Intersession Trial Advocacy Class
  • Instructor
  • 2018
  • Colorado State Public Defender Intern Training
  • Scorched Earth Motions Practice
  • 2017
  • Colorado State Public Defender Fall Conference
  • Expert Testimony after People v. Venalonzo, 2017 CO 9 (2017)
  • 2017
  • Colorado State Public Defender Fall Conference
  • The Fourth Amendment in County Court
  • 2010
  • Colorado State Public Defender Fall Conference
  • Litigating Similar Transactions under C.R.S. 16-10-301
  • 2009
  • Colorado State Public Defender
  • Facebook Issues in Criminal Defense--Fall Conference
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is the consummate criminal attorney. He fights relentlessly for his clients. Jim has years of experience in the local courts with almost 100 jury trials. I've personally consulted with Jim on cases involving criminal risk and am impressed as a fellow lawyer with his knowledge. Jim is my go-to for anyone I know facing criminal issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney and an even better person. James has a TON of PD experience which makes him my go to criminal defense referral in Northern Colorado. I wholly endorse James. Hire him, he'll work his tail off for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. Jim is hard working, experienced, knowledgeable, and a talented trial lawyer. I have worked with Jim for over 10 years. I have absolutely no hesitation in giving Jim my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim may be one of the smartest lawyers in Northern Colorado. Jim has handled some of Northern Colorado's most difficult criminal cases. Most lawyers will never know the law like Jim. If you need a serious defense than James Merson is the man to go to. Jim is highly respected among area defense lawyers and someone I call on regularly for advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"James is one of the finest litigators in Colorado. He has experience in virtually every courtroom setting, including successfully arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. Very few lawyers, if any, have more trial experience than Mr. Merson. Time and time again, he has fought the government in jury trials ranging from simple possession to murder. If you want a compassionate yet fearless advocate to help you with your criminal case then you need to call James Merson."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent trial experience reputation!"
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