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Douglas Richards | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense Attorney In Denver

Meet Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney Doug Richards

Doug began his legal career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas.  During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, he tried over 70 criminal jury trials, ranging from murder, armed robbery, sexual assaults of adults and children and kidnapping, to DUI, assault and simple drug possession.  Doug was quickly identified as a rising star and was described by judges, attorneys and jurors as a knowledgeable, skilled and fierce advocate.  Doug’s comfort level in the courtroom earned him fast promotions and a reputation for successfully implementing new ideas in technology to advance his case in court.

One of Doug’s promotions included being asked to join the Vehicular Crimes Division.  As a member, police officers and investigators routinely called Doug with questions about fatality crashes where intoxication or negligence were at issue.  Doug responded to the scene of dozens of crashes, most occurring in the middle of the night.  At the scene, Doug directed officers and crash investigators through collecting and preserving evidence, drafting search warrants, and preparing the case for court.  Doug handled many of these cases from the crash scene through verdict.  In addition to working investigations, Doug was responsible for training prosecutors and police officers.  For his efforts, Doug received awards of recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2007 and 2008.  There are only a few criminal defense attorneys in the country who have this experience.

In 2008, Doug left the district attorney’s office and accepted the prestigious position of Assistant United States Attorney.  As a federal prosecutor, Doug was responsible for investigating and prosecuting international criminal travel networks and drug trafficking organizations, to fighting public corruption, white-collar crime and cases involving national security.  Doug successfully tried numerous criminal jury trials as an Assistant United States Attorney.

In 2010, Doug received an award from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III for his work as lead counsel on a large public corruption case where wiretaps and other covert investigative techniques were successfully implemented.

Doug’s prosecutorial experience allows him to quickly identify issues that a client or organization may face.  He has personally drafted hundreds of search and arrest warrants, reviewed and corrected those drafted by his peers, and trained junior prosecutors in the art of drafting a successful, “airtight” warrant.  This experience has given Doug the ability to quickly identify deficiencies, inaccuracies and mischaracterizations in such documents.

Doug is admitted to practice in all Colorado and Texas state courts.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Colorado and the Western District of Texas, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

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Areas of Practice:

Criminal Law


Homicide / Violent Crime


Sex Offenses

State & Federal Courts

Narcotics / Conspiracies

Internet – Cybercrime

White Collar Crime


Litigation Percentage:

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:



U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

5th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court


South Texas College of Law | Houston, Texas – 2004

Phi Delta Phi Award for highest graded in Criminal Trial Advocacy;

Dunn, Kacal, Adams, Pappas & Law Mock Trial Competition, Fall 2002;

T. Gerald Treece Mock Trial Academy Tournament, Summer 2002;

Rollins College | Winter Park, Florida – 1998

Major: English

l Associations and Memberships:

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

American Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

United States Attorney’s Office, 2008 – 2010

Western District of Texas – Del Rio Division

Harris County District Attorney’s Office, 2003 – 2008

Houston, Texas

Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson, 2002

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

Houston, Texas