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About the Twentieth Judicial District

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

Mission of the District Attorney’s Office

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.

Jurisdiction

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.

To learn more about the Divisions & Units of the District Attorney’s Office click on the dropdowns below.

District Court Division (Felonies)

The District Court Division has original jurisdiction over all felony cases in the 20th Judicial District. The District Attorney’s Office first becomes involved in a criminal action on the day after a person is arrested for a felony crime or when the police refer a case to the DA’s office for a filing decision on felony charges.

Learn more about the District Court Division.

County Court Division (Misdemeanors and Traffic Cases)

The County Court has original jurisdiction over all Colorado state misdemeanor and traffic cases. One Deputy District Attorney is assigned to each of the Boulder court divisions. In the Longmont courts, two Deputy District Attorneys are assigned to prosecute the Longmont caseload.

Learn more about the County Court Division.

Juvenile Prosecution Division

The Boulder District Attorney’s Juvenile Prosecution Division seeks timely and effective interventions and consequences to delinquent children, maintaining the child within his or her family, school and community if possible.

Learn more about the Juvenile Prosecution Division.

Consumer Complaints – Community Protection Division

The Community Protection Division (CPD) serves the people of Boulder County in three ways:

  • Works to resolve disputes between individual consumers and businesses.
  • Investigates complaints and prosecutes cases involving abuse or exploitation of elder and vulnerable members of our community.
  • Engages community members through outreach and education, arming them with tools necessary to protect themselves and to prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

Learn more about the Community Protection Division.

Investigations Unit

The Investigations Unit of the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office provides investigative assistance, trial preparation, technical support and training to the prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement agencies of Boulder County.

The unit is staffed by state certified peace officers. All are involved in collateral duties such as: Hate/Biased Crimes Task Force/Witness Protection/ Cold Case Homicide Review Team/ Workplace Sexual Misconduct Task Force, and the Conviction Integrity Unit. One investigator is assigned to the Boulder County Computer Forensic Laboratory.

The unit has one technical support person who is responsible for court room trial support, creating demonstrative evidence and exhibits, completing A/V redactions, obtaining certified copies of criminal reports and convictions, and tracking cases and subpoenas.

Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice

JUVENILE & ADULT DIVERSION PROGRAM
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM
EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION & COMMUNITY SAFETY

The Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice (CPRJ) in the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office delivers a high-quality diversion model that emphasizes accountability and prevention, applies restorative justice practices and principles, matches services to needs, and effectively achieves community safety by decreasing risk of recidivism.

Learn more about the Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice.

Conviction Integrity Unit

The overarching goal of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office is to seek justice in every case. In pursuit of that goal, the Boulder District Attorney’s Office established the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in 2018 to investigate wrongful conviction clams. Upon request, the CIU will review each claim in order to identify and rectify cases in which an individual was wrongfully convicted.

Learn more about the Conviction Integrity Unit.

Crime Victim Assistance Program

The mission of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program is to ensure that victims of crime are treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, by providing comprehensive assistance and services to them throughout the criminal justice process in an effort to lessen the impact of crime on them and to support the prosecution in successfully seeking justice in criminal cases.

Learn more about the Crime Victim Assistance Program.

Discovery and Records Unit

In criminal proceedings, defendants have the right to obtain “Discovery”. With the Discovery information, the defendant can test the prosecution’s evidence and prepare their defense. In Colorado criminal cases, the right to Discovery is governed by Rule 16 of the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Learn more about the Discovery & Records Unit.

Restitution Unit

The Restitution Unit of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office investigates all adult felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases to determine and document the financial losses of crime victims. Restitution figures are prepared for prosecutor, defense and court review.

The collection of restitution is supervised by the State of Colorado.

For more information or answers to Frequently Asked Questions please read the following document:

District Attorney’s Office Volunteers & Interns

Community volunteers in the Boulder District Attorney’s Office contribute in a number of areas.

The office also offers a limited number of law clerk positions each semester for law school students, and internships for undergraduate students. Internship applications are now being accepted for spring semester 2019. Applications are due no later than November 16th.

Please note that anyone wishing to volunteer or intern with the DA’s Office must be at least 18 years of age, and must complete a criminal background check in order to qualify.

Learn more about volunteer and internship opportunities.

Public and Media Relations

Community outreach, both as an educator and a listener is critical to District Attorney Michael Dougherty’s vision for the District Attorney’s Office. Educational programs addressing relevant issues affecting our community are available upon request and presented by District Attorney staff including but not limited to:

  • Bullying
  • Elder Abuse
  • Identification Theft and Fraud
  • Internet/Cell Phone Safety
  • Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

To see a complete list of topics and/or request a speaker please complete the Speaker Request Form.

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Learn more about the District Attorney’s Public and Media Information.

District Attorney’s Office – Critical Incident Response Team

In 2015, the Colorado legislature passed a measure requiring all law enforcement agencies and District Attorney’s Offices to develop a protocol for participating in a multi-agency team to conduct the investigation, or review, of incidents involving the discharge of a firearm by a peace officer resulting in injury or death.

Pursuant to statute and protocol, Boulder County has designated a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to respond to every officer involved shooting that results in injury or death. This team is comprised of dedicated and experienced multi-agency law enforcement personnel to ensure an objective and thorough investigation is completed in these cases. The District Attorney’s Office plays an active role in assisting the CIRT. The agency involved does not play an active role in the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the CIRT presents their findings to the District Attorney.

Learn more about the District Attorney’s Office and the Critical Incident Response Team.

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ABOUT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

District Attorney Michael Dougherty

District Attorney Michael Dougherty

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 office handles more than 2,500 felonies and 15,000 misdemeanor and traffic cases each year.

CONTACT US

District Attorney's Office

303-441-3700 (Main Office)
303-441-4703 (Main Office fax)
303-682-6800 (Longmont Office)
303-682-6711 (Longmont fax)
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Boulder

Justice Center
1777 Sixth Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Longmont

Longmont Courthouse
1035 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501
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Mailing Address

Boulder District Attorney
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306