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Douglas T. Cohen

Douglas T. Cohen

Former Prosecutor with over 20 years experience - Here to Listen & Help You!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Colorado
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Summary

I am here to listen and help you with your criminal and family law issues.

I take pride in getting to know about my clients and their lives, so the prosecution and courts don't just treat them like a number. I don't shuffle my clients off to younger associates. I personally handle all my cases. I am a zealous and passionate advocate for all my clients, many of whom stay in contact with me after their cases are completed.

After graduating college, I worked as an investigative reporting covering police and courts, including major criminal and civil cases and police investigations. This led me to transition in 1993 to law school.

I began my career as a prosecutor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. After honing my trial and negotiation skills in county and felony court, in 2000 I moved to the Denver metro area, and was hired as a felony prosecutor in the Family Violence Unit in the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

I served as a felony prosecutor handling major criminal cases until 2007, when I was hired as a Senior Attorney and Director of Investigations with Qwest Communications, a Fortune 500 telecom company. After Qwest was purchased by Century Link, I returned to the District Attorney's Office in Jefferson County, where I served in felony court and the Special Victims Unit and was on the officer's homicide case rotation.

In 2014, I left the District Attorney's Office and brought my extensive trial and litigation experience to my own law firm. In 2016, I became partners with Todd Narum, an experienced and well-skilled family and criminal defense attorney whom I had tried a case against while a prosecutor.

Todd and I co-manage a boutique law firm and pride ourselves on providing personal attention to all our clients. We are here to listen and help you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We provide up to 30 minutes of free consultation in person, as well as initial consultation over the phone.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credit cards.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We provide our clients the option of a flat fee or hourly fee in criminal cases and an hourly rate in family law cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner, Chief Litigator - Criminal Defense and Family Law
Peak Legal Services LLC
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Partner in Criminal Defense and Family Law firm. We have 35 years of combined legal experience in criminal law and family law matters in Colorado courts. We pride ourselves on running a smaller firm with two partners and a dedicated paralegal who do all the court in providing direct representation to clients, rather than assigning clients to less-experienced associates. We have tried over 150 jury trials and have experience in major felony cases such as murder, assaults, drug charges, as well as misdemeanor crimes such as DUI, domestic violence and harassment. We also handle a variety of family law matters, including full divorces, to post-divorce decree matters such as parenting time, decision making, child support and relocation.
Senior Deputy District Attorney from 2001-2007 and 2011 to 2014.
Jefferson County - 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office
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Assigned to homicide case team as well as special victims unit and domestic violence teams. Tried numerous felony cases in Jefferson County District Court, one of the largest counties geographically and population-wise in the state. Trained other prosecutors at the annual Colorado District Attorney's Council trainings. Appointed by the Governor of Colorado to a special Child Fatality Review Board.
Senior Attorney
Qwest Communications
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Responsible for directing and conducing complex, high-level investigations and civil fraud, theft and misuse of corporate assets, and potential criminal misconduct within company. Directed nationwide team of investigators.
Felony Deputy District Attorney
Jefferson County - 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office
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Prosecuted all major felony crimes including murder, robbery, sexual assaults drugs, assaults, domestic violence, theft.
Deputy District Attorney
El Paso County - 4th Judicial District Attorney
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Investigative Journalist
The Palm Beach Post & Fliorida Today newspapers
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Education
University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. (1996) | Law
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Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court=Appellate Competition Finalist
Activities: Environmental Law Review, Columnist for college paper
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1986) | Journalism
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Awards
Top 100 - Criminal Defense
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
Top 100 Attorney - Criminal Law
National Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations
Denver Bar Association
- Current
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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
- Current
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Family Law Bar Association
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Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - ACFE
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Colorado Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Taking Words Fot Granted: Why Congress Should Expressly Devine Words In the ESA’s Taking Provision
University of Missouri School of law - Environmental Law & Public Policy Review
Speaking Engagements
Corporate Investigations - Responding to and Investigating Compliance Concerns, Houston, TX
Professionalism & Ethics in Prosecution of Family and Persons Crimes, CDAC Annual Conference, Colorado
Colorado District Attorney's Council
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence litigation, CDAC Annual Conference, Colorado
Colorado District Attorney's Council
Certifications
Colorado Bar Member
Colorado
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. What do I do if my ex wife is filing for a CFI with no probable cause?
A: You can object to the appointment of a CFI, but with a high-conflict custody situation, the court is likely to appoint one. It is not up a therapist to decide.
Q. Birth mother enticed 14 yr old son away from care without knowledge at a public venue under CO. Statute18-3-304
A: The short answer is: No. CRS 18-3-304 is a kidnapping statute. Applying the kidnapping statute to the type scenario you are describing is a major stretch. One parent texting a child at a sporting event that you are at with your child, so they can meet and say hello for a few minutes etc. is not kidnapping. That is not taking the child from the custody of the other parent. This statute is normally enforced only in much more serious situations, like when one parent takes a child out of state or country, or moves the child out of state away from the custodial parent without court approval and without the other parent's knowledge or permission, etc . In addition, generally speaking, in parenting plans, one parent is allowed to talk to the child (text, phone etc.) for reasonable duration during the other parent's parenting time. If that is not allowed in your parenting plan, you can address that with her or her attorney out of court, via TalkingParent.com if used, or try to address it through an enforcement pleading in court (although judges generally cannot stand when parents and their counsel bring such minor things to them for litigation and tell the parents and counsel to work it out. The judge will want you to pick your battles and not put the child(ren) in the middle of minor parenting time/custody disagreements.) However, if one parent has a habit of intruding on or interfering with the other parent's parenting time, or taking the child without notice out of state, etc., that can be a more serious issue that needs addressing.
Q. My son has to be in court tomorrow at 9. He is being charged with a class give felony charge. Will we need a lawyer?
A: Yes.
Q. What element are needed to prove criminal attempt to commit sexual assault in Colorado General intent or Specific intent
A: The short answer is: Sexual assault has an element of the mental state of "knowingly" crime, even if an attempt v actual sex assault. "Knowingly" is a general intent crime. To be "specific intent" the mental state usually has to be "with intent" or "intentionally." If the charge is "sexual contact", or "sexual contact" involving a child, it is still "knowingly" and but the prosecution has to prove the additional element that the sexual contact was for the "purpose" of sexual gratification, arousal or abuse. So there is a quasi-intent piece to it, but it is still a general intent, knowingly crime. If you are asking, by this question, if voluntary intoxication in commission of the crime, is an affirmative defense to a sex assault charge, or attempt, the answer is no. But evidence of intoxication may still be admissible in terms of whether the prosecution can prove the act was done knowingly. I hope this helps.
Q. Can i get in trouble for continuing my relationship with my boyfriend who has a dv with me and is taking it to trial?
A: If this is in Colorado, there is a mandatory protection order that prohibits your boyfriend (the defendant) from contacting you. You cannot get in trouble for contacting him (unless you are breaking some other law), but he can get in trouble for having contact with you in violation of the protection order or possibly witness tampering, harassment etc.
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