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Sarah Jay Schielke

Civil rights Attorney at Loveland, CO

4.9   59 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2024

About Sarah

Learn Sarah’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    45%

    14 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%

    14 years

  3. Criminal defense
    10%
    Specializing in DUI Defense.

    14 years

I GET EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FOR MY CLIENTS BY DOING MORE, KNOWING MORE, AND CARING MORE THAN ANY OTHER LAWYER.

Sarah Schielke was born and raised in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Middlebury College and Boston University School of Law, where she attended on a full academic merit scholarship and was the Managing Editor of the Boston University Law Review, Sarah moved to Northern Colorado and started her own law practice, The Life & Liberty Law Office, specializing in DUI defense and federal civil rights lawsuits. Through her work, Sarah imposes accountability on law enforcement and state prosecutors on behalf of community citizens who otherwise could not. Sarah fights for the underdog. And she fights hard. Because everyone deserves better justice than what this criminal justice system is willing to give them.

Sarah is currently undefeated in DUI jury trials for marijuana and breath test cases. Sarah has been repeatedly named a Rising Stars SuperLawyer for DUI defense. She regularly lectures and presents all over the country regarding marijuana, alcohol and drug DUI defense strategy. Her material on Winning Marijuana DUIs has been published in the Texas DWI Manual. Sarah is on the Executive Committee and serves as 2nd Vice-President for the national DUI Defense Lawyers Association and is a Board Member on the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. She has two kids, five dogs, and a definitely normal preoccupation with the band Phish.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2020,2019,2018,2017,2015
Client's Choice
2022 2020 2019 + 3 ...

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Location

The Life & Liberty Law Office

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!!
From the day I first met Sarah she treated me with dignity and respect. She is a fighter, she knows everything she needs to of the law and is honestly a magic worker. I was facing a DUI, Careless driving, failure to report an accident and child abuse, Sarah got it all dropped down to reckless driving.  There is no one I would recommend other than her. She is simply THE BEST!!! 
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2019
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Literally Epic
I've dealt with corporate attorneys often, Sarah was my first go with a criminal one. Cards were stacked against us and she was still able to get me an acquittal. She is organized, efficient, great with communication, smart, tactical- really an all around rock star. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for what she did for me. I will recommend here 100/100. She also loves dogs and kids - good human as well as one of the best attorneys if not the best I have ever met.
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Posted by Greg | October 1, 2023
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Great Experience
Hired Sarah. Witness call police and stated false accusations. There was a level of being innocent relative to the charges filed. Sarah worked through the situation and provided me the best results possible. For me its not about her wins, losses, or charges dropped. For me it was her guidance and providing me a path to work the situation. This is what I would like to acknowledge her for. She also told me in the most professional and polite way to shut up and let her do her job LOL. She proved her working relationships with the courts and DA to be another item she should be praised for. Especially where discovery video is concerned. What normally takes the average person 2 to 4 years to complete, I was done in a year, she also had a major charge dropped for me. I waited to provide a review until now, everything occurred in 2021 and as stated earlier I had everything wrapped up in a year because of Sarah...except one thing, which was beyond her and anyone's control. That is now done, and for complete closure concerning the situation I thought it would be good to do this review now. I greatly appreciated her as my attorney. I would recommend her to anyone immediately. My wife and I thank her for her time.
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Posted by Aaron | March 14, 2023
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Unparalleled civil rights attorney
Sarah is beyond anything I can fully articulate in my limited vocabulary. She is a force that cannot be contained when it comes to fighting for civil liberties of American citizens. I am infinitely appreciative of everything she has done for me and what she continues to do for others. She is the absolute BEST! Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded Expectations
I faced a precarious legal situation in which I felt I would have to prove my innocence rather than be proven guilty. With Sarah's expertise, the whole ordeal was ultimately dismissed. She was forthright about what I could expect and didn't make any promises or blow smoke. She just did a great job--definitely would hire her again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2022
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An amazing attorney! Highly recommended.
An amazing attorney with an attention to detail and genuine concern for her clients. Sarah helped me navigate the legal system to get my case dismissed. She is the top of her profession. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Get the Best
If you need her, you need her. Do what you have to do to retain Sarah's services.
Posted by Christina | April 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best
Sarah is incredible at what she does. She expertly upholds the key tenants of the United States justice system. Even more importantly, she is an advocate for her clients and for truth and fairness in a system that often feels impossible. I could not recommend her more highly.
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
There are so many Attorney's to chose from which makes it difficult to find the one who is right for you. When I did my research and came across Sarah and the many good reviews I stopped looking. And when she said yes to take my case I felt as if I was in the right hands. I always hope for the best but expect the worst but Sarah made the best outcome happen. Thank you Sarah. If you need an attorney Sarah is simply the best.
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Posted by Stu | October 12, 2021
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Best Bulldog Lawyer Money Can Buy
Sarah is the ABSOLUTE BEST lawyer you can stumble across if you’re in need! I was in a pretty ugly situation at the beginning of the year. I was looking at jail time, heavy fines, losing my license, and potentially ruining my future career aspirations with a dumb mistake I made (2nd dumb mistake actually). After numerous calls to other lawyers in Colorado who told me that I was basically screwed and that any lawyer who told me other wise was “blowing smoke up butt” I happened across Sarah’s website and then…there it was…the light at the end of the tunnel!!! I called Sarah, and she got back to me with lighting quick speed and decided to take on my case even though it was all the way in Eagle County Colorado. I immediately knew I found the bull dog, the fighter, the warrior lawyer I needed to beat this case. Her expertise and professionalism is unmatched. She made me feel like I was being taken care of from the get go. She gave me honest, no bs answers. She didn’t sugar coat anything at all and made me aware about all the possibilities of what might happen. She gave me a 50/50 shot at winning, and then…SHE DID IT!!! She is worth her retainer fee in Gold. Without a shred of doubt in my mind, I would go back and hire this fierce, intelligent, honest, and hard working lawyer again and again and again. There’s a reason why she ONLY has 5 star reviews, and why she’s one of the best, if not THE BEST, DUI lawyers in Colorado. She knows how to talk to DA’s and how to navigate the merky, brackish waters of the legal systems. To this day, I still have no idea how she came up on my google search, but it was a blessing to say the least. If you hired Sarah, rest peacefully tonight in knowing that she will kick butt for you!! Sarah, you gave me my sanity, my life, and my future back. Words cannot express how grateful I am for you, and I will always have gratitude for how you helped me while I was at rock bottom. THANK YOU!!! Keep on keepin’ on with the OUTSTANDING work!
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2021
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Well worth the money!!
One of the best lawyers yet!!! Hired her with little time to sort out my cases and she cleaned it all up with a better offer I even expected. She is amazing!! Super professional and straight forward.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best $$ I Ever Spent
Sarah took on my DUI case, won the DMV case so I was able to keep my license, and then successfully got me a deferred sentence so everything should be dropped by the end of probation. She is a legal genius and I’m so glad I decided to go with her. I had talked to many attorneys prior to finding Sarah and they were so negative and basically told me my case was a lost cause. Sarah was confident in my case, but also straight forward with potential realities and that gave me confidence. Even though everything was over zoom because of the pandemic, you can tell she holds strong authority in that court room. She really cares about her clients and is willing to fight for them! I have recommended her to tons of my friends.
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Posted by Jess D. | January 27, 2021
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Sarah is amazing!
Sarah was a delight to work with. She always made time for me whenever I had a question or concern, even with her busy schedule. She made each interaction personal, and reassured me that I wasn't in it alone. Very professional, and polite. Worked hard on my case, and really what more can ask from your lawyer? I highly recommend to anyone looking for help with an open case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2020
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Over Delivered
Sarah made it easy to navigate the legal process even during the craziness of a pandemic when everything is wonky with online video court appearances etc. She was extremely responsive and had excellent communication throughout the process, never leaving us in the dark or wondering what to expect next or how to proceed. She made things simple, laid out reasonable expectations and over delivered which is rare these days! Would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Katie | October 30, 2020
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A brilliant attorney who really cares
I hired Sarah to represent me in a felony case and a misdemeanor case. She is brilliant, easy to contact, and cares deeply for her clients. Sarah helped me handle a very scary time in my life with dignity and respect.
Posted by Victor | October 9, 2020
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DUI
The best decision I made when it came to my DUI case was hire Sarah. I got the best outcome that I could have gotten in my case, especially during these pandemic times all while not even living in the state. She was very professional and handled everything for me, all I had to do basically is show up for court but I bet if she had to she could get me out of that as well.I would absolutely hire Sarah again!
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Posted by Sarah | August 13, 2020
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THE VERY BEST ATTORNEY OUT THERE- DUI
I would give Sarah a million stars out of 5 if I could!!! It sounds dramatic, but when your entire life is on the line, it is not. I was facing a serious DUI charge and she got my case DISMISSED!! Being a Board Certified medical provider, a conviction would've ruined life for me as I know it (with 7+ years of college down the drain). Sarah is literally a life saver and vindicator. She fought like crazy for me, is relentless, extremely knowledgeable, incredibly skilled, and upholds people to the highest level of the law. She WILL fight for your rights (seemingly to the death), is very accessible/responds in a timely manner, authentic/transparent, and demonstrates a true heart for her clients and justice. Sarah is MAGNIFICENT in the courtroom and uses her knowledge of the law with both wisdom and prowess. She backs all her words with ACTIONS and quite frankly has not only renewed my faith in the legal system, but humanity as a whole. To anyone who takes the outcome of their case seriously, Sarah is an ABSOLUTE must!!! Words cannot say enough! Sarah, thank you from the bottom of my heart! For giving me my life, my career, and my freedom back (sanity too).
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Posted by Shawn | August 3, 2020
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Great Attorney
Sarah spent lots of time in the consultation advising me before I hired her. In the end she was able to get my charges dropped for a much lesser charge. I would definitely use her again. Someone always answered the phone and got back to me promptly. I would highly recommend her!
Posted by cory | July 23, 2020
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Best buy of a lifetime
I thought I was jammed in a tight spot with very sticky situations. My mind and body was already preparing to be closed in a cage like a circus ànimal, but I didn't want to go without a fight. Sarah made it THAT MUCH EASIER to fight, and to win! Now Im a free man and have been giving a second chance to better my life.. Best purchase I could have made. Great attorney
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Posted by Monique | May 26, 2020
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Case dismissed
When I found myself in need of legal representation, I didn’t know where to turn ! I launched an internet search and discovered Sarah Schielke, I’m so happy I did ! Based on her excellent reviews I decided to meet with her and she agreed to accept my case . She’s tenacious and fought very hard for me resulting in my case being dismissed! I could not have ask for more ! I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone In need of legal representation! You will be glad you did !
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
  • Pro bono 20 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024.

Censure issued in CO, 2024
updated on 04/22/2024

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Life & Liberty Law Office
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • Middlebury College
  • B.A.
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony DUI - Larimer County
  • Not Guilty - All Counts
  • DUI - Larimer County - Marijuana & Alcohol
  • DUI Dismissed
  • Vehicular Assault, DUI (Drugs) - Boulder County
  • All major charges dismissed. Client pleaded to a traffic infraction and received unsupervised probation, no fine, no community service.
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Associations

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2nd Vice-President
  • 2020 - 2020
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Parliamentarian
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • DUI Conference Course Director
  • 2019 - 2019
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Course Director - Nashville DUI Conference
  • 2019 - 2019
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Course Director - Austin DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2017 - 2017
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Course Director
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Presenter - Annual DUI Defense Conference
  • 2016 - 2016
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 10% of DUI Lawyers in USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 10% of Lawyers in USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 10% of DUI Lawyers in USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • 2016 Best of Loveland - Criminal Justice Attorney
  • Loveland Business Recognition
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar - 2016 DUI Defense Conference Materials
  • DUI Jury Instructions: The NG Guide
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Intoxilyzer 9000 - How to Attack
  • DUI Defense - Challenging the Intoxilyzer
  • 2016
  • DUI Defense - Mile High Summer Seminar
  • Voir Dire Techniques for Beating Breath Test Machines
  • 2016
  • DUI Conference in Breckenridge 2016
  • DUI Defense - Jury Instructions and Theory of Defense Strategy
  • 2016
  • 2016 Annual DUI Defense Conference
  • Voir Dire Techniques for Beating the Intoxilyzer 9000
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (9)
Endorse Sarah
Unknown Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah has knack for creativity in defense of the accused, which no doubt contributes to her success as a defender. Not only is she a stellar attorney, but she's also a team player--she regularly gives back to the defense community by sharing useful strategies and participating as a speaker in continuing legal education programs. I endorse Sarah."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Were I to find myself in need of criminal defense, I would feel lucky and honored to have Sarah defending me. She has demonstrated both dedication and creativity."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a great lawyer and will fight for your Constitutional rights. She get's the job done!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is the Goddess of the Law. I worship the courthouse steps upon which she walks."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been practicing for over 40 years. I can't remember the last time that I saw an attorney with Sarah's skill, knowledge and passion. When you retain Sarah, you simply retain the best. If I got a DUI, Sarah would be one of the first calls I would make."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is highly respected in the legal community. She has magnificent trial skills and is a superior advocate. I endorse Sarah."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sarah is one of the smartest criminal defense attorneys around."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sarah is a "true" defender and not afraid of those in power. Sarah works hard for her clients. Her understanding of the law is superb. I highly recommend Sarah of you are facing serious charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sarah Schielke is a smart and knowledgeable lawyer who fights for her clients. Sarah is fearless and relentless when defending her clients. I have seen Sarah go well above and beyond in fighting for a client. Another thing about Sarah, she prevails with her absolute no-holds-bar approach. I would not hesitate to refer a loved one to Sarah as no one would do a better job for them."
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Loveland Civil rights Lawyer Sarah Jay Schielke
Sarah Jay Schielke
Civil rights Attorney
Loveland, CO
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024. See details