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Eric A Sunness

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Collins, CO

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1993
    Status
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About Eric

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I have been handling Criminal and DUI cases in Weld and Larimer counties for more than two decades. I am an "AV" rated lawyer with and I offer effective and honest representation.

Location

Eric A. Sunness, Attorney at Law, LLC
110 East Oak Street
Suite 220
Fort Collins, CO, 80524-7164

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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2020
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Best Attorney to Represent You
I am so extremely thankful to have found Eric to help me through this very challenging time. I believe my case in hind-site was pretty basic and clear cut. However, the entire system is so overwhelming, I can not imagine having to face all of that myself. Eric was there right from the start encouraging me and was so extremely kind and caring. The system makes you feel like a worthless criminal. Eric and Tammy his legal assistant both are both so extremely kind and make sure you realize that you may have made a mistake but you can't let that define you. Eric took care of everything. We had a couple of issues with probation after the case was settled in court as well that Eric jumped right in to try to fix. One he could do nothing about but the other he resolved within 4 days. I would strongly suggest you never face the court system alone for anything. But, instead have Eric on your side to guide and direct you through it. There is no one better to represent you than Eric.
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Posted by Vicky | December 31, 2019
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Strongly Recommended
Eric is a wonderful lawyer you can rely on. I got my case dealt with very well and in good outcome. Eric is very patient and caring, full of experience knowing how to get outcome reasonable and beneficial to his client. When I sought for his help and found I could just follow his guide and no need to worry about the process. The fee is very reasonable and you are in a good hand. I strongly recommend him to you when you need help in law defense in his specialized areas.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2018
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5 Star Attorney | Represented my Falsely Accused DUI Case
I was arrested for a DUI + two smaller charges and was completely in shock as to what to do until I reached out to Eric Sunness. Immediately after first meeting with him we connected and I knew I could trust him and that he would be reliable in guiding me and fighting for me the whole way through this experience. It was clear that he had the knowledge of the law, work ethic, and strategic approach to tackle this at the right angle to plead my case and get the best result possible. After being given the option of a differed sentence and a DWAI (which many lawyers would say to take that), he advised that we should not, and that he was confident he could get a better result. After just two visits to the court he was able to get all of my charges completely dropped and thrown out! He answered all my questions no matter how large or small and made me feel confident the whole way through as well as following the case. Every aspect of this case was done in a professional matter and I could not have asked for a better representative to be on my side. 5 STARS!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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Outstanding and caring
It is apparent to us that Mr. Sunness cares deeply about his clients and we know he went above and beyond what is customary on our behalf. Not only did he carefully and thoroughly represent us, but he also spent the time to really understand the situation. We know that this wasn't his most important case by any stretch, but to us, he treated it as one. Many thanks!
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Posted by Jeremiah | November 29, 2016
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A Fantastic DUI Lawyer in the Fort Collins Area
Eric Sunness hands down is the best attorney I have ever worked with. In my unfortunate event (DUI) he reassured me time and time again that he would do everything in his power to help me and even though we could not get the case dropped he lowered the penalties considerably. While Eric stated to me that it's never guaranteed that the case will turn out in my favor his attentiveness to my case made it apparent that he was working hard trying to find a positive outcome.
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Posted by Vicky | October 18, 2016
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Highly recommended, the best attorney!
I am very pleased with the outcome of my case with the help from Eric! I was charged with domestic violence against my ex-boyfriend. Eric is amazingly helpful to me! He has long-term attorney experience and has very good relationship with D.A. and Judge on this type of cases. He was able to talk with District Attorney directly and got my charge dropped directly! The plea of guilty was finally dismissed successfully! He saved me and my career in future! Eric is very nice and kind, with great patience and quick insightfulness into how he can offer the most favorable outcome for me. He’s easy-going and charges very reasonable, compared with other attorneys. And he is a high-efficient attorney! His assistant Tammy is also very experienced and amazing helpful! Seeking for their help is no doubt for your best benefit!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2016
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DUI
I was very skeptical on what was going to happen to me after I had gotten a DUI charge. Eric really helped to alleviate some of the stress that came with my uncertainty. His high attention to detail and willingness to go out of his way for clients is remarkable. All in all, great lawyer and great guy, I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
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Saved my career!
I highly recommend Eric Sunness to anyone who is seeking legal representation. My story with Eric started as I was being falsely accused and charged with multiple felonies. My entire livelihood was at stake. Being a licensed professional in the securities industry, I was responsible for hundreds of investment accounts and millions of dollars under management. This meant that accepting a plea or being found guilty of the felony charges I was faced with would have ended my career, and permanently disqualified me from the securities industry. Prior to meeting Eric, I interviewed three high level law firms in Northern Colorado. Eric was my last interview, and after my first meeting with him, I knew that Eric Sunness was the right attorney for me and my defense. Eric was in charge of all aspects of my case, and took charge from day one. Eric never made me feel like a fish in a barrel, and immediately made me feel at ease in a high stress situation. Eric promised me two things, 100% honesty and hard work, and that’s exactly what I received, plus much more. He believed me from the very beginning, and told me he would fight for me as if I was his own son up on the stand. This spoke volumes of his character. I can tell you from first-hand experience that Eric Sunness has an impeccable reputation throughout the community, and is going to have your best interest at heart. Eric has professional and respectable relationships with many of the court personal, including judges and district attorneys. Per Eric’s advice, I retained a second law firm, a private investigator, and a highly qualified forensic signature examiner to help strengthen my defense. Eric knew that with these credible resources, the district attorney assigned to my case would know that I was willing to fight these charges to the end. Because of Eric’s expertise and dedication, along with the findings of the private investigator and forensic examiner, my case was dismissed by the State of Colorado, and I was acquitted of all charges. Given the severity of the charges I was facing, dismissal was the absolute best case outcome I could have ever hoped for. For any licensed professional in a similar situation, please take my advice; you can count on Eric Sunness’ promise of honesty and hard work. Know that he will always have your best interest in mind, and he will do everything in his power to provide you with the most favorable outcome possible. I now have a new outlook on life, and thanks to Eric and his team, I am still able to work in the industry that I love and help families that need my professional expertise.
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Posted by Josh | June 16, 2015
Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Eric Sunness as a criminal defense attorney. At a stressful time in my life, Eric calmly, professionally, and pragmatically assisted me in a very favorable outcome to a Class 1 misdemeanor deferred sentence. Eric worked with my financial and personal needs for, what I believe, to be the best possible outcome for my case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2015
Job well done!!
Eric Sunness did an outstanding job handling my case. He charged a reasonable flat fee, kept his word, and got better results than I had imagined would be possible. I was charged with the DUI while parked in my truck. I had admitted to smoking marijuana earlier and the keys were in the ignition. Mr. Sunness' well-informed and professional staff were helpful, friendly, and polite and always available whenever I called. He did very impressive work, and more importantly, got the results. Not only did I get all that I had requested, my case was dismissed and went away completely. It was quite a relief. I am very pleased with the results, to say the least. I would highly recommend Eric Sunness and his team for your case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
Dui
After reading Eric's reviews, I decided to give him a call. Best decision I've ever made. Eric and Tammy made my case very easy and understandable. Although I was caught in a soberiety check point, he was able to get all charges dropped, even the marijuana charge. I will always recommend him to EVERYONE!!!! Thank you Eric and Tammy!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2015
Prostitution Sting
After making some immoral choices I got caught up in a sting operation, arrested, and charged with soliciting and patronizing a prostitute. The evidence was pretty damning on the cell phone text. Eric's knowledge and working relationship with the DA's office enabled him to get the solicitation charge dropped and the lesser misdemeanor reduced to a deferred sentence. I have to complete an 8 hour awareness course and 24 hrs. of community service then after 1 year of probation the charge is completely dismissed and removed from my record permanently. This was a great out come compared to what was most probable without great representation. Eric is very compassionate and reassuring during a very difficult time for me and my family.
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Posted by Raymond | October 16, 2014
WOW truly the best
Eric sunness has pulled a rabbit out of his hat I was facing 1 year in jail and loss of my drivers license for 5 yrs on my 3rd driving under revocation. Eric was able to get it pled down to a nonmoving violation and I get to keep my license and do 30 days jail time broke up ro fit my work schedule. Eric and I hugged when we left the court room this man truly cares for his clients and there well being if you dont hire Eric Sunness to represent you GOOD LUCK !!! Me and my family can't say thank you enough. I have worked with many attorneys in the past and this one is the winner we all hoped for.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2014
Client
I highly recommend Eric Sunness as an attorney. I came to him with a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs charge scared and unsure of what was going to happen to me . Throughout the process , he kept me informed and calm. I could tell that I was in good hands, and that he would do everything in his power to have the best outcome for me. In the end Eric was able to get my DUI reduced to reckless driving and even had my fine dropped. This was the best possible outcome . I was able to keep my driving privileges, and a DUI off my record.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2014
Great Attorney!
Eric is a great attorney. I found myself on the receiving end of the legal barrel and was terrified that my professional life, and career were headed into the fires of Hades. My professional license is my ticket to work in the healthcare industry. After a contentious divorce, I made some poor decisions which could have lead to a Felony on my record; needless to say, this would have ended my career of choice. Eric was able to assist me to plead down the charge to a misdemeanor, protecting my license, my job and career and my ability to provide for my family. By explaining the legalese, procedures and the likely outcomes, Eric calmed by frayed nerves and expertly guided my decisions. I would recommend my family to Eric (high praise from a healthcare provider). Thanks Eric.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2013
DUID Case
I'm an undergraduate student at Colorado State University. I was stopped for speeding by CSUPD and falsely accused of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. I was also charged with having an Open Container, and Careless Driving. Eric immediately made me feel comftorable and confident that my case would be properly resolved. He and his assistant, Tammy, kept me informed throughout the process and answered all of my questions. I was facing a fourteen-point ticket. In the end, I pled guilty to a two-point, Defective Vehicle violation. I couldn't have been happier with the result.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2013
Top Notch
What a lawyer! Honest, knowledgeable and hard working. Characteristic's that are hard to find. From start to finish I couldn't be more satisfied with Eric Sunness. Thank you for your professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2013
Divorce Case
Eric helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life with compassion and expertise. Eric presents himself, as well as his clients, professionally and seamlessly in court. He is honest, trustworthy, and compassionate. I highly recommend Eric and his assistant Tammy. They are proficient and go above and beyond to help ensure a positive and smooth outcome. Thank you Eric, I am forever grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2013
excellent lawyer
I am immigrant in this country , and I was involved in a domestic violence case. Due to the fact that I am not a an american, a domestic violence sentence could cause me to be deported immediately, and to make things more complicated I am pregnant. I researched for weeks a trustworthy lawyer to help me solve this complicated matter. After several days researching I came across an excellent reviews from some clients of Mr Sunness. Mr Sunness did not disappointed me. He was knowledgeable , honest and very caring . He studied my case, kept me always informed and for my relieve was able to have this very complicated case dismissed. Without Mr Sunness help i would have lost my job, my child and the right to live in this country. I can not thank enough Mr Sunness for what he did for me. If you are in a situation where you need legal help .HE IS YOUR GUY. I am more than happy to talk and give any reference about Mr Sunness. he is absolutely a Life saver.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2013
Quick and easy!
Eric got my case dismissed quickly and easily, which was important to me because I lived out of state.. He was very easy to work with and always quick to respond to any questions I had, keeping me informed of the progress of my case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Eric A. Sunness, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Frey, Korb, Haggerty & Michaels, P.C.
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Managing member
  • Eric A. Sunness, Attorney at Law, P.C.
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Alling and Cory Paper Company
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Horwitz Paper Company
  • 1983 - 1986
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • State University of New York
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • The People of the State of Colorado vs. XXXX
  • Acquittal following jury trial
  • Too many to list
  • Dismissal of charges or acquittal following jury trial
  • Too many to list
  • Dismissal of charges or acquittal following jury trial

Associations

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Larimer County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • Ethics and Professionalism Committee
  • 2003 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • Chair Member - Ethics and Professionalism Committee
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Larimer County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Commitment and Recognition Program
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2013
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Coach of the Year
  • Colorado State University
  • 2009
  • Coach of the Year (western region)
  • American Collegiate Hockey Association
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Golden Gavel Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking Engagement
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse Eric
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eric. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric has been my colleague for over 20 years. Throughout that time, I have had many cases with him. He has consistently demonstrated his knowledge of the law and ability to zealously represent his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Eric Sunness is a highly respected and knowledgeable Family Law Attorney. He has a reputation as being a tireless advocate and counselor for his clients. I would not hesitate to refer my family members or clients to Eric Sunness for representation in any family law related matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Before I was a private attorney, I was a deputy district attorney. I found Eric always was prepared and, because of this, he always effectively represented his clients. He had a strong understanding of the law consistently fought for his client's rights. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I would recommend Eric to anyone who is accused of a crime in Fort Collins,"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Eric for more than 20 years. Insightful, knowledgeable and sincerely committed to helping his clients, Eric has a strong work ethic with extensive experience in family law and criminal defense matters. Eric understands that bad things can happen to good people, which makes him a strong advocate for and compassionate counselor to his clients. I highly endorse Eric Sunness as an excellent family law and criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is not only a gentleman, he is a hard working lawyer who cares for his clients. He sets a high standard for others with his professionalism and knowledge of the law. I recommend Eric to help you with all of your legal needs."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a true professional. His hard work and honesty are an asset to the legal profession."
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Fort Collins Criminal defense Lawyer Eric A Sunness
Eric A Sunness
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Collins, CO
Licensed for 30 years