District Attorney

“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

As the appointed District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District, Michael Dougherty oversees an office of prosecutors and staff dedicated to serving the people of Boulder County, Colorado.

Divisions & Units of the District Attorney’s Office


District Court Division

Has original jurisdiction over all felony cases in the 20th Judicial District.

  • Sex Assault Division

A subset of the district court felony division, the sex assault division is devoted to the prosecution of sex crimes. The division is staffed by experienced Deputy District Attorneys, who have specialized knowledge and training in the prosecution of sex offenses and a Victim Advocate assigned solely to work with sex assault survivors. The Division’s goal is to appropriately hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, while at the same time focusing on the needs of sex assault survivors and helping them through the criminal justice system.

County Court Division

Has original jurisdiction over all Colorado state misdemeanor and traffic cases.

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.

Community Protection Division

Investigates and pursues complaints on behalf of consumers, and also takes a lead role in prosecuting cases involving abuse or exploitation of vulnerable members of the community.


Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice

The Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice (CPRJ) in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office delivers a high-quality diversion model emphasizing accountability and prevention and offering an alternative to formal prosecution for juveniles and adults. CPRJ uses early intervention, validated assessment, and individualized case planning to match services to needs in order to effectively decrease risk of recidivism, increase protective factors, and improve community safety. CPRJ’s in-house Restorative Justice program provides high-quality restorative services in conjunction with diversion supervision, supporting the person who committed the crime to understand the impact of their actions, take meaningful responsibility, and repair the harm to the extent possible.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Ensures that victims of crime are treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, by providing comprehensive assistance and services to them throughout the criminal justice process. They also administer the Victim Compensation and the Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Restitution Unit

Determines and documents financial losses in all cases.


Media Requests

Please contact the District Attorney’s Public Information Officer, Catherine Olguin, with any media requests or questions at 303-441-3774 or colguin@bouldercounty.org.


County residents also have an opportunity to volunteer with the DA’s office.


Prepares information on cases for the Defense.

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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Mailing Address

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


Justice Center
1777 Sixth Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Longmont Courthouse
1035 Kimbark Street
Longmont, CO 80501
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*** The information contained in this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not to be relied upon as legal advice. This Office cannot give legal advice concerning questions of law or whether a particular set of circumstances might constitute legal or illegal activity. If you have questions regarding a matter of law you are encouraged to consult an attorney. If you suspect illegal activity, you are encouraged to contact your local police agency.