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Kristina M. Bergsten

Kristina M. Bergsten

Fighting for the Underdog!
  • Animal & Dog Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law...
  • Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Summary

I am an Aries, an unenrolled Lakota Sioux, a second degree black belt in karate, an environmentalist, a vegan, a runner, an animal-lover, a (pretty decent) cook, a risk-taker, a domestic violence survivor, and probably one of the most relatable, down-to-earth attorneys you will ever meet. I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Denver Bar Association, and I serve on various committees for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. I am a Director on the Board of Directors for Colorado Voters for Animals, a legislative animal interest group. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Rescue Ranch Animal Rescue. I volunteer for Metro-Volunteers at their Indian Legal Clinic. I participate in the Women's Leadership Roundtable. I volunteered and tabled at such events as VegFest Colorado and One Billion Rising. I work hard and I work ethically. I will fight for your rights and I will do so with integrity. When I win your case, or negotiate a fair plea or settlement, you know I did so in a respectful and professional manner. As your attorney, I represent you to prosecutors, judges, and opposing counsel; therefore, I believe I should conduct myself in a manner that you would be proud to stand behind. I keep you informed of the process the entire way. When you come into my office for an initial consultation, I am going to tell you my honest opinion and what I think your chances of success are. I am going to give you the truth. I would rather starve on my integrity than get fat off any lies. I know that when you come to see me, you are in the middle of the biggest crisis of your life. You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. If you are still not sure whether you want to work with me, call 303-623-4000 and schedule an appointment to meet with me and see for yourself.

Practice Areas
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    1 half-hour (30 minute) free initial consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. I also accept PayPal and Venmo
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury cases, only.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also accept alternative payment for limited scope representation. Call today for more details on how our firm can assist you with a small piece of your litigation to fit YOUR needs.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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New Jersey
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Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Bergsten Law Offices
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Education
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
J.D. (2012)
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Ohio State University - Columbus
B.A. (2008)
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Professional Associations
Colorado Women's Bar Association
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Colorado Bar Leadership Training Program
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State Bar of Colorado # 50663
Member
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Denver Bar Association
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Colorado Bar Association Public And Legal Services
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
223 Questions Answered

Q. If someone else's cat bit me, after it had entered my house and I tried to remove it, can i be liable or sued?
A: Most likely the adjuster is calling you to pay for your injuries so you don't sue the owner. But, I do not know. I would recommend taking the call to find out what the adjuster wants.
Q. Can you get arrested if you Do not return a dog in a civil case in Colorado?
A: It’s a little unclear what happened and what the order was. Depending on the order and the type of case, you could be held in contempt of the order and arrested based on that contempt until you comply.
Q. My dog went through ER surgery last week to remove a mass that had ruptured. We are now waiting on biopsies.
A: Possibly. More information is needed, likely following the biopsy.
Q. Can animal control take my dogs even if there’s no proof from my neighbor’s allegations?
A: Animal control is being a little overzealous, here, in that threat. They technically can take your dogs, but they usually don't, especially when they can locate the owner. And yes, you can get a criminal charge based on some random neighbor making some random complaint, without video or audio evidence to back it up. Unfortunately, while the adage is: "innocent until proven guilty," the actual machinations of our justice system results in people being treated as guilty until they prove themselves innocent at a trial.
Q. Ex left dog with me and my dog, she is an unfit parent who has made no effort to reclaim him and lied about why
A: There’s no way to preemptively take the dog from her. Technically, the only she can get him out of your possession is to sue you and win. So unless and until she does that, the dog can stay with you. The longer he stayed with you, the stringer case you can build that he should remain with you.
Q. We brought our dog from Vietnam to the US and my stepdad registered and microchipped our dog in his name.
A: Microchipping is not indicative of ownership. So you can move with the dog regardless of the microchip. The only way to change it, though, is to call the microchip company. They will say they need his permission, but if you explain the abuse that’s happening, they might let you change it without it.
Q. My dog attacked a neighbors dog, harming but not killing him. My neighbor says he is suing. What liability could I have?
A: He can sue you and probably win based on these facts, but his recovery is limited to the value of the vet bills. You could also get a criminal citation that will go on your record unless you fight it. If the person gets their vet bills through the civil process or the criminal process, he has been made whole and can’t get it through the other process (he can only be reimbursed once).
Q. A month ago my daughter took my dog and will not give her back or even let me see her .I have had her for 8 years .
A: You can sue her in civil court to get your dog back, or you can file a police report and see if the police will help you get your dog back. If the police won't help, your only recourse is to sue her in civil court and you should speak to an attorney about handling that so it is done properly.
Q. Can someone point me to a link or direct contact to answer questions regarding animal property law in a marriage?
A: The only way to get a direct answer is to speak with a lawyer and the lawyer will likely ask you to pay for his/her time since you are asking for specific legal advice and not a general answer.
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Bergsten Law Offices
945 S. Birch Street
#460245
Denver, CO 80246
USA
Telephone: (303) 623-4000