THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S MISSION
To maintain public safety while seeking justice in every case, and to enhance the legacy of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office as a leader in public safety, progressive prosecution, and criminal justice reform.
The Office of the District Attorney has jurisdiction, or authority, over violations of state criminal laws and is responsible for upholding the Colorado and United States Constitutions. The District Attorney serves an Executive Branch function, which means it is responsible for enforcing Colorado state criminal laws as created by the Legislature. The District Attorney’s Office does not have jurisdiction over City Code or Ordinance violations or regulatory codes.
The District Attorney’s Office remains open and committed to serving and protecting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. An appointment is required to enter the DA’s Office. Please contact our general number, 303-441-3700, if you require assistance. Click Here for Important Updated Information Regarding COVID-19.
The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America…The citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility. —Justice Robert Jackson
ABOUT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Boulder County is represented by District Attorney Michael Dougherty. In March of 2018, the Governor appointed Mr. Dougherty to serve as the District Attorney of the 20th Judicial District (Boulder County). In the November 2018 general election, he was elected Boulder County’s District Attorney. Click here to learn more about District Attorney Michael Dougherty.
In Colorado, District Attorneys are elected by voters in each Judicial District. Boulder County represents the 20th Judicial District of the State of Colorado and is a leader in the prioritized areas of:
- Sex Assault & Domestic Violence Prosecution
- Community Protection Initiatives & Outreach
- Restorative Justice & Diversion
The Boulder County DA’s Office has a staff of more than 80, which includes two Assistant DAs, as well as Chief Trial Deputies, Deputy DAs, Victim Advocates, Investigators, and a number of other professional support staff. The office handles more than 2,500 felonies and 15,000 misdemeanor and traffic cases each year.
Interested in being part of the criminal justice reform movement?
Click Here for information on becoming a Restorative Justice volunteer in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.
To learn more about the Divisions & Units of the District Attorney’s Office click on the links below.