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    Professionals

    Colette Tvedt assists CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, and other professionals facing criminal investigations and charges related to fraud, business or accounting irregularities, RICO, COCCA, real estate transactions, and the many criminal charges that can result from a contentious divorce.

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  • Colette Tvedt, Denver, Colorado lawyer

    Veterans

    Colette Tvedt represents veterans facing charges in the criminal justice system, who may also have difficulties transitioning from the military to civilian life that are complicated trauma or injury.

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    Parents

    Colette Tvedt helps parents and their college-aged or adult children with criminal charges such as assault, sexual assault, drug and alcohol offenses, and driving violations like DUIs and vehicular assault or homicide, as well as university disciplinary and expulsion proceedings.

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Contact Colette Tvedt day or night: Phone: (303) 577-1633.

About

Colette Tvedt is a nationally renowned and award-winning criminal defense lawyer who has provided personalized help to people in crises for more than 25 years.

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Are you facing investigation, felony charges, or misdemeanor charges in Colorado? Contact Colette Tvedt immediately, day or night: Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Call day or night Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Deciding on a lawyer to help you navigate the legal system, and to defend you assertively, is one of the first and most important decisions you’ll need to make when confronted by the criminal justice system. That confrontation can be one of life’s most frightening and disorienting experiences — leaving you wondering what happens next, how to get your story told, and how to protect yourself, your family, your work, and your future.

Colette Tvedt fiercely defends clients from accusations against them, while being compassionate to their circumstances and insisting that the system treat them as people and not “cases.” Working with Colette, you’ll receive immediate, personal attention. She prioritizes your needs, focusing on every detail that can help to win your case and protect you and your loved ones from the terrible damage that the criminal justice system can do to people.

During her years as a tireless advocate, Colette has been defense counsel at over 250 trials in both state and federal courts, plus countless hearings in pre-charge investigations. She has won acquittals and dismissals, as well as negotiated reduced charges and extremely favorable plea bargains, in hundreds of cases — from first degree murder to misdemeanors, from RICO investigations to large-scale drug conspiracies, and just about everything in-between.

As a nationally recognized defense attorney, Colette is a lawyer that other lawyers turn to for help. In addition to having defended numerous lawyers being investigated for or charged with crimes, she has:

  • Helped train more than 2,000 private and public defense lawyers
  • Co-written the book on bail for Colorado defense attorneys, as well as other training material for lawyers
  • Given 300+ presentations on dozens of aspects of defense lawyering for 50+ organizations in 30+ states and abroad
  • Held leadership roles in 15+ criminal justice, social justice, and other nonprofit organizations

Always at the leading edge of emerging technology and investigative techniques, she has been a frequent teacher of judges, lawyers, and law enforcement around the country on:

  • Forensic evidence, ballistics, DNA, fingerprints, and eyewitness identifications
  • Selective enforcement and racial profiling
  • Representation of persons with mental illness
  • Effects of new laws
  • Questioning of vulnerable and juvenile witnesses
  • Psychological interrogation techniques

Before returning to private practice, Colette served as the National Public Defense Training & Reform Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). During her career, she also served as a public defender in two states and was a partner in a criminal defense law firm. She earned her JD from Rutgers University School of Law and her BA from Rutgers University. She’s admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Colorado, Washington, and Massachusetts.

Colette works closely with other lawyers and welcomes referrals and joint projects. Please contact her at Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Her practice areas include:

Accounting Fraud
Adult Children
Adult Dependents
Alcohol-Related Incidents
Alternative Sentencing
Assault and Battery
Attempted Crimes
Attempted First Degree Murder
Bail Hearings
College Disciplinary Action
College Expulsion
Conspiracy
Criminal Appeals
Criminal Fines
Criminal Investigations
Domestic Violence
Drug Possession and Distribution
DUI
Federal Crimes
Federal Trials and Appeals
Felonies
Felony Trials and Appeals
First Degree Murder
Fraud and Embezzlement
Government Investigations
Grand Jury Investigations
Healthcare Fraud
Homicide
House Arrest
Identify Theft
Indictments
Insurance Fraud
IRS Disputes
Mail Fraud
Manslaughter
Medicaid Fraud
Medicare Fraud
Mental Health Defenses
Misdemeanor Trials and Appeals
Misdemeanors
Mitigating Circumstances
Money Laundering
Murder
Plea Bargains
Probation
Probation Revocations
Professional Disciplinary Actions
Professional Ethics
Professional License Review and Defense
Property Crime Offenses
Protection Orders
Real Estate Fraud
Rehab
RICO
Robbery and Burglary
School Disciplinary Action
School Expulsion
Second Degree Murder
Self-Defense
Sentencing
Sexual Assault
Sex Offenses
State Crimes
State Trials and Appeals
Tax Disputes
Tax Fraud
Traffic Violations & DMV
University Disciplinary Action
University Expulsion
Veterans’ Benefits
Violent Crime Offenses
White Collar Crime
Wire Fraud

Professionals

Colette Tvedt assists CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, and other professionals facing criminal investigations and charges related to fraud, business or accounting irregularities, RICO, COCCA, real estate transactions, and the many criminal charges that can result from a contentious divorce.

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Are you facing investigation, felony charges, or misdemeanor charges in Colorado? Contact Colette Tvedt immediately, day or night: Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Call day or night Phone: (303) 577-1633.

The pressure on executives and professionals is enormous — whether you’re leading a traditional business or an enterprising start-up, whether you’re already earning millions of dollars a year or building your revenue stream, whether you’ve come from humble beginnings or inherited the family business, or whether you’re some place in-between. Professionals can easily fall into situations that they believe they can fix on their own. Too often, however, those situations don’t have a quick fix, and they spiral out of control. These community leaders can suddenly find their hard-earned professional and personal reputations at risk as they encounter the criminal justice system. Colette has defended business people facing investigations and criminal charges related to allegations of conspiracy, RICO, tax disputes and tax fraud, accounting fraud, insurance fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and wire fraud, as well as charges stemming from domestic relationships, personal relationships, and accusations of sexual misconduct.

Additionally, Colette can counsel and defend you against related or stand-alone charges that can stem from contentious divorces and ugly breakups — including allegations and accusations of assault or sexual assault crimes—that can be devastating. Through frank and open conversations protected by attorney-client privilege, Colette helps her clients move from their initial shock to drawing up a plan of action. Among the issues she explores with her clients are self-defense, undue influence of well-meaning counselors or other authority figures, mitigating circumstances, and concerns regarding partner mental health and substance abuse. In these situations, one of her additional goals is to help protect the reputations and privacy of her clients’ loved ones — so that all involved can move forward.

Colette’s goal is to:

  • Protect your standing in the community, your professional licenses, and your ability to support your family
  • Reduce risk to your business, firm, or professional practice’s operations, to your partners, and to your employees
  • Preserve your relationship with your children and extended family, and reduce the impact of an investigation or arrest on them
  • Help you understand how the criminal justice system works and to evaluate options — and their ramifications — realistically
  • Seek dismissal of charges or negotiate alternative sentencing options, including house arrest, probation, rehab, and medical care
  • Ensure your individual background — like medical and psychology history, character, contributions to your your community and your profession, and circumstances — are heard
  • Seek the best, quickest, and least damaging way out of the criminal justice system

Veterans

Colette Tvedt represents veterans facing charges in the criminal justice system, who may also have difficulties transitioning from the military to civilian life that are complicated by trauma or injury.

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Are you a veteran, or the family of a veteran, who needs criminal defense in Colorado? Contact Colette Tvedt immediately, day or night: Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Call day or night Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, concussive injuries, and other traumas and injuries are not manifestations of weakness. They are real medical conditions with real world repercussions for both veterans and their families.But not all returning veterans have been able to access the care they need, a situation that can lead to interactions with the criminal justice system. In some cases, veterans who have witnessed the horrors of war and who have suffered brain or other injury are not always aware of how those experiences and injuries manifest themselves — including anger management, substance abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, and problems with decision-making. In these cases, trauma can lead to criminal charges related to domestic disturbances, violent crime, or other crimes.

In addition to defending veterans against criminal charges, Colette Tvedt has worked with world-renowned experts whose focus is helping veterans and studying the challenges those veterans face as they return to the U.S. and try to integrate back into lives they once knew. She helps veterans in the criminal justice system get access to medical evaluations and treatment, as well as access national, state, and local resources.

Colette’s goal is to:

  • Get veterans out of jail and reunited with parents, family, and other support systems
  • Help veterans and their loved ones understand how the criminal justice system works and to evaluate options — and their ramifications — realistically
  • Seek dismissal of charges or negotiate alternative sentencing options, including house arrest, probation, rehabilitation, and medical care
  • Ensure veterans’ individual needs and background — like medical and psychology history, character, military service record, and other circumstances — are heard
  • Seek the best, quickest, and least damaging way out of the criminal justice system

Parents

Colette Tvedt helps parents and their college-aged or adult children with criminal charges such as assault, sexual assault, drug and alcohol offenses, and driving violations like DUIs and vehicular assault or homicide, as well as university disciplinary and expulsion proceedings.

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Is your child is facing felony charges, misdemeanor charges, or school discipline in Colorado? Contact Colette Tvedt immediately, day or night: Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Call day or night Phone: (303) 577-1633.

Receiving a call from a child in distress in one of every parent’s greatest fears. Colette Tvedt understands that college-aged children and young adults should not be written off as bad kids. These are young people who are in trouble, who need help, and who need that help now.

As a parent, Colette understands that every parent wants the best for his or her child — a sentiment that doesn’t change as those children grow into adulthood. She works with both parents and their young adult children to do everything necessary to protect the child’s future, including their ability to complete schooling or vocational training, and to pursue career goals. Colette has helped young people with escalating or repeated incidents, as well as those whose families are facing the criminal justice system for the first time. In some cases, parents face the additional challenge of being out of state and far away from young adults in college or employed in Colorado.

Young adults in trouble may have mental health issues that are a contributing factor. As a lawyer who has partnered for decades with mental health professionals and experts, Colette also knows the struggles and decision-making that families face when the signs and symptoms of mental health issues emerge — often suddenly appearing in promising young men and women aged 18 to 24. Many of her clients have symptoms of depression, gambling or other addictions, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, decision-making disabilities, or other mental and emotional health issues. For young people with mental health issues or suspected mental health issues, she assists parents in working with doctors to get proper diagnoses and practical treatment plans.

Colette’s goal is to:

  • Get your adult child out of jail and reunited with parents, family, and other support systems
  • Help you and your adult child understand how the criminal justice system works and to evaluate options — and their ramifications — realistically
  • Seek dismissal of charges or negotiate alternative sentencing options, including house arrest, probation, rehab, and medical care
  • Ensure your adult child’s individual needs and background — like medical and psychology history, character, academic performance, and other circumstances — are heard
  • Preserve your adult child’s ability to remain in or return to school, as well as to build a productive life with as much independence as possible
  • Seek the best, quickest, and least damaging way out of the criminal justice system and university disciplinary proceedings

Contact Us

Tvedt Law
Colette Tvedt
1600 Stout Street
Suite 1400
DenverCO80202