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Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, you need a criminal defense attorney to defend your rights, freedom, and reputation.

The criminal lawyers of Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, in Avon and Denver, CO, defend the accused.

Learn more about criminal defense law and why we are the law firm to choose when you need representation...

When Your Future Is at Stake... Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you've been charged with a crime, such as a DUI or domestic violence, your world can come crashing down around you, becoming a blur of accusations, financial worry, and extreme pressure. The law firm of Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, has your back. Our distinguished criminal defense attorneys are available to guide you through DUI, domestic violence, or other criminal cases. 

Our law firm, with offices in Denver and Avon, is committed to helping you understand the criminal charges that have been levied against you. Our defense lawyers and their team will work together to defend your rights.

If you need representation, request a free consultation through our online form or by calling one of our offices in Denver or Avon. Your superior criminal defense can begin today.

Denver office: (303) 758-8981

Avon office: (970) 323-0023

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Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and ensuring fair treatment under the law.

The Stakes Are High

The consequences of a criminal conviction can have lifelong repercussions that affect your career, your family, and various aspects of your personal life. A free consultation with the law firm of Dunsing, Deakins, and Galera, LLC, can start you on the path to protecting your rights and securing your freedom.

Are Innocent People Convicted of Crimes? Yes. We Can Help You Avoid Being One of Them...

In 2019, nearly 150 people from over 30 states were sent to prison for crimes they did not commit.

According to the Innocence Project

What Can Happen  If You're Convicted of Criminal Charges

As you can probably imagine, penalties for criminal convictions can be harsh, long-lasting, and far-reaching. The criminal defense lawyers at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera will do everything in their power as attorneys to protect you from these penalties.


If you're convicted of a drug felony or violent crime, you may face anywhere from six months in prison to life in prison. The length of incarceration depends on the nature of the charges against you.

Significant Fines

Felony charges can carry fines in the thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. For the most serious of criminal offenses, the penalties could be in the high six figures and greater.

Loss of Basic Daily Privileges

Felony convictions means the loss of certain basic privileges that you may have taken for granted. These include the ability to vote in elections, legally own a firearm, and travel internationally.

Loss of Employment

Your employer may release you from your job based on your conviction. In addition, your criminal record may prevent other companies from hiring you in the future, altering your career trajectory.

Disrupted Family Life

Conviction, incarceration, and hefty fines can tear families apart. This could result in the end of a marriage, estrangement from your children, and the breakdown of trust between other relatives.

Changes to Divorce Agreements

If you're divorced, a criminal conviction could jeopardize child custody or child visitation arrangements. Parents may require supervision during visits or lose access to their own children.

Cases Handled by Our Defense Lawyers


If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or a related offense in Denver, Avon, or elsewhere in the Vail Valley, call us. Our criminal lawyers can assist you with DUI charges as well as charges for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Our attorneys can help avoid expensive, lifelong consequences, including incarceration, fines, and the loss of driving privileges.

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Domestic Violence Charges

Thanks to our firm's additional focus on family law, our attorneys understand the complicated dynamics that can lead to a domestic violence charge. Our criminal defense team will collect all of the facts to make sure you are treated fairly after a domestic violence charge. In addition, we can discuss how charges of domestic violence impact your divorce, particularly when it comes to child custody and your visitation rights.

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Drug Charges

Possession of illegal drugs or allegations of drug distribution and manufacturing can bring extended prison terms. Serious drug felonies could lead to 32 years in prison and fines into the seven figures. Dunsing, Deakins & Galera highly recommends consulting with our team of criminal defense lawyers as quickly as possible so that all your legal options can be explored.

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Assault can be considered a felony or a misdemeanor with a wide range of applicable penalties. People charged with first-degree assault could face up to 32 years in prison with a mandatory parole of five years. The attorneys at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera can help protect you by questioning and examining evidence, police protocol, and other important factors in your case.

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Sexual Assault

Legal representation is extremely important if you are accused of rape, sexual assault, or any other kind of sex crime. A sexual assault conviction can bring harsh penalties, including lifetime prison sentences and being registered as a sex offender. In these kinds of cases, it's imperative to have lawyers like those at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera in your corner.

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Theft can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount or nature of the property that was taken. In addition to criminal penalties for theft, you can also be held liable for civil damages. Obtaining legal help from the criminal defense attorneys at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera can reduce consequences and possibly help you maintain a clean record.

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Marijuana Crimes

Although Colorado possession laws have relaxed in recent years, you can still be charged with serious cannabis-related crimes under certain circumstances. This includes the possession of a significant amount of marijuana or the attempt to cultivate, distribute, or sell marijuana. If you are facing marijuana felony charges, you should seek the knowledgeable counsel of our lawyers as soon as possible.

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Need Help Now? Dunsing, Deakins & Galera Is Standing By

Legal assistance from our criminal defense attorneys can make an important difference in the outcome of your case. Remember, you have a right to counsel immediately. Individuals from Denver, Avon, or anywhere in the Vail Valley can get in touch with our lawyers for sound legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation, send our attorneys a message or give our law firm a call.

Denver office: (303) 758-8981

Avon office: (970) 323-0023

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"I am already in awe at the complete 360 turn around in the DA’s attitude towards me and my case... I am finally feeling confident in my defense for the first time since these unjust charges were filed against me. Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!" Britany Carter, 5-Star Google Review

Different Felony Classes in Colorado

The table below outlines the different classes of felonies in the state of Colorado as well as the sentences and penalties you may face if convicted.

Examples Fines Incarceration
Class 1 Felonies First-degree murder; First-degree kidnapping; Treason ~ Life in prison
Class 2 Felonies Theft of $1 million or more; Sexual assault; Second-degree murder $5,000 to $1 million Eight to 24 years with three-year mandatory parole
Class 3 Felonies Theft of more than $100,000 but less than $1 million; Vehicular homicide while intoxicated; First-degree assault $3,000 to $750,000 Four to 12 years with three-year mandatory parole
Class 4 Felonies Theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000; Identity theft; Vehicular homicide $2,000 to $500,000 Two to six years with three-year mandatory parole
Class 5 Felonies Theft of more than $5,000 but less than $20,000; Third-degree burglary; Vehicular assault $1,000 to $100,000 30 months to eight years
Class 6 Felonies Theft of more than $2,000 but less than $5,000; Criminal impersonation; Indecent exposure $1,000 to $100,000 18 months to four years

Keep in mind that the length of imprisonment may be higher than the table above for those who committed crimes of violence or if there were exceptional circumstances involved.

Levels of Felony Drug Offenses

Colorado has different levels of felony drug offenses, each with its own penalties. Again, the imprisonment times below can vary in aggravated drug felony cases.

Level 1 Drug Felonies

The most serious drug offenses, these crimes include selling more than 50 pounds of marijuana or more than 112 grams of heroin or methamphetamine. Conviction involves fines of up to $1 million and a prison sentence of up to 32 years.

Level 2 Drug Felonies

Level 2 drug felonies include the unlawful possession, sale, or distribution of materials to make methamphetamine and other controlled substances. Conviction involves fines of up to $750,000 and a prison sentence of up to eight years.

Level 3 Drug Felonies

Level 3 drug felonies include attempting to commit a level 2 drug felony and distributing a fake controlled substance to a minor. Conviction involves fines of up to $500,000 and a prison sentence of up to four years.

Level 4 Drug Felonies

Level 4 drug felonies include unlawful possession of a controlled substance and cultivation of six but no more than 30 marijuana plants. Conviction involves fines up to $100,000 and a prison sentence of up to 12 months.

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"Fred, Lucy and Wendi were very professional and paid close attention to court deadlines and appearances. I was made aware in advance what documents needed to be filed and I was able to look them over before they filed them. I always knew what was going on with my case because they were very communicative" Lauren Coker, 2017
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Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC

At Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, our team has over 50 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys are members of several professional legal organizations and have received a number of distinguished awards:

  • AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Contact us online or call us at (303) 758-8981 (Denver) or (970) 323-0023 (Avon) .

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"Facing the court system in America can be a daunting task for anyone, especially those who are innocent of crimes that they have nevertheless been accused of. Mr. Galera is more than worth the cost of his services. I simply could not recommend any other defense attorney. Seriously, call these folks!" Satisfied Client

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