While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around El Paso County, Colorado, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
The CCDB provides support and training to criminal defense attorneys and advocates to protect the rights of the accused.
Lawyer Referral Service in El Paso County - The El Paso County Bar Association sponsors a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service to help residents of Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas of El Paso County, Colorado, find a qualified attorney. The attorneys that participate in the service are screened to confirm their experience in a particular practice area. The service also confirms that the attorney is in good standing with the Colorado State Bar, the local bar association, and has a clean disciplinary record. The LRS also serves individuals in Cripple Creek and throughout Teller County, Colorado.