Law Office Of James C. Forslund

Englewood, CO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The Law Office of James Forslund is a full-service DUI defense and license reinstatement specialty practice devoted exclusively to representing clients throughout Colorado. These DUI pros have decades of experience providing the best possible defense for each client’s unique situation. We thoroughly analyze your case, work hard to fiercely protect your rights, and are dedicated to provide best possible outcome in both county court and at the DMV. We charge a reasonable flat fee - in most cases much less than our competitors - with affordable installment payments.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We enjoy DUI defense work because we like to help people who have made a mistake or are unjustly accused. We understand that you're probably feeling confused, angry, or somewhat fearful about what's happened to you. The process of being arrested, taken to jail, fingerprinted, and photographed was probably very dehumanizing to you. We sincerely sympathize with your situation and do our best to successfully resolve all of the legal issues you are facing to allow you to regain control of your life again.

Location

Englewood, CO 80113

Background check

Complete

Years in business

33

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

71

Reviews

16 Reviews
  • Todd L. Jul 14, 2016
    Very good administratively...made it easy to go through the process and pain of a DUI. However, they could go beyond the simple "checkboxes" of a DUI and into more of the fairness/equity side of a DUI...this was my first DUI and compared to many others with worse circumstances or even two DUI's, I received almost the maximum sentences with no aggravating circumstances...a little extra work could have gone a long way to help me.
    James F. Jul 24, 2016

    This client had unreasonable expectations of his DUI defense from the beginning in that he thought we could have the court accommodate his lifestyle needs, which included his desire to have his BAC number “lowered” so he could remove the interlock device from his car, have no jail time and minimum house detention as well as reduction in the frequency of UAs required. He assumes that there are simple “checkboxes” in DUI cases that we casually filled in. I can say that in my 25 years of DUI defense practice I have rarely, if ever, encountered any case that merely required checking off boxes, and this certainly wasn’t one of them, as will be explained here. He also expresses disappointment that we instead should have instead pursued the fairness and equity side of a DUI more. This is due to his misperception of the law. The law mandates specific penalties for specific violations and there is very little room to win a reduction in them by arguing fairness or equity. This was his first DUI conviction true, but he incorrectly states he received almost the maximum sentences with no aggravating circumstances. In fact, there were several aggravating factors, among them a BAC in excess of .20, an accident and his attempt to flee from it. He could have received a year in jail, but we negotiated a plea with the DA for 30 days of in-home detention in exchange for dropping additional charges on the initial arrest. Finally, he states he feels the things would have gone better for him if we had done “a little extra work.” Our representation began by us sending his blood sample for re-testing, which confirmed the high BAC number. We then filed motions to suppress evidence and set a trial date. His license was revoked by the DMV but we were able to guide him through the process of early reinstatement resulting in him getting his license back in two months instead. However, after driving for 10 months, his license was again revoked due to three incidents where the interlock detected alcohol in his blood. We were able to get the Court to allow him to leave the country for an extended international business trip and two more times allow him furloughs to to travel for business in the U.S.. We also vacated five hearings to accommodate his schedule. We were able to have his monitoring unit switched to another type to accommodate his travel schedule. We exchanged over a dozen emails communicating with him during our representation. Despite all these incidents, we were able to get him an early termination of his probation.

  • Anita D. Jun 27, 2016
    Mr. Forslund and his paralegals are very kind, respectful, helpful, professional and efficient. Mr. Forslund always calls you right back and /or answers your text messages. He and his staff walked me through the process in order to help me help myself to their sincerity, guidance, expertise and a true desire to help me. I highly recommend him and his staff! A. Dotson
  • Bryan C. Mar 1, 2016
    Jim is extremely knowable, helpful, and kind. During the process him and his partner kept me informed and made me feel safe. Thanks to Jim I feel as though a new chapter of my life is beginning. I highly recommend calling him. He was able to give me back my independence.
  • Derrick M. Nov 18, 2015
    I was recommend to this firm thru a friend. My initial meeting was with Mr. Jim Forslund. Mr. Forslund did the contract and paper work and seem very interested in fighting my case. Mr. Forslund did attend my DMV hearing via telephone and was not aggressive when cross examining the officer Justin Thull of the Aurora Police Department. I had refused to take any BAC test at the time of the incident so I lost my license for 12 months. I then had my first motion hearing, arrived to court to be greeted by Mr. Forslund associate Gary who states that he was a DA prior but did very little to defend my rights and address my case with fight power. These guys are just plea bargain lawyers anybody that say these guys are good are glad to get no jail time. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THESE OLD GUYS. I fired them the day of my speedy trial for John Buckley and came out with a wet reckless. DO NOT TRUST THIS FIRM.
  • Eric V. Oct 23, 2015
    I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim and his partner. When I went to him with my case he heard me out and made my goals his goals. He kept me informed of any updates with my case and was able to save me from having my license suspended. Jim was there for me every step of the way anytime I had questions or needed clarification. It really took a weight off my shoulders knowing I had someone who was willing to work hard for me and make sure that I received the best outcome possible. It was a pleasure working with Jim and his partner- I would definitely recommend them!
  • Alfredo M. Sep 10, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Jack B. May 13, 2015
    James was an immense help in guiding me through all the legal aspects of my DUI. He kept me informed of all the court proceedings that he attended for me so that I didn't have to take time off work. I am very thankful for all his hard work and guidance and I'd definitely refer him to anybody in need of his services.
  • Ronald N. Apr 27, 2015
    I was very happy with the service I received from Mr Forslunds office. I was in a bind and he was very helpful in handling my case. I personally would recommend has service in all my legal affairs. Thanks Mr. Forslund Ron Newton
  • Matt H. Apr 24, 2015
    I thought all hope was lost after getting charged with a driving under the influence. How was I going to afford a lawyer? Everyone I talked to was asking for a large retainer. I found Mr. Forslund and he was everything I could have asked for in a lawyer. I'm sure all cases are different but he was able to get me a lower charge. Him and Gary made sure I knew all of my options and were extremely affordable. If they read this, I would like to say thank you and if anyone is ever looking for representation for DUI, these are your guys.
  • Jason H. Apr 18, 2015
    Jim and his Associate Gary Worked a payment plan out with me so I could afford their services. They also went to every court appearance with me in a town 100 miles away. I was given an excellent sentence in court. Jim also helped me get my drivers license reinstated 60 days after my DUI. I would recommend their services to anyone whose in a pinch from a DUI!!
  • Von R. Apr 17, 2015
    It was a pleasure working with Jim, his team including Gary made the process less stressful. They were reassuring of our case and knew exactly what steps needed to be taken to get our case dismissed. We are very appreciative of his help and the team he partnered with. Thankfully we could move on with our lives without the stress of the case thanks to Jim and team!!
  • Darcey D. Apr 14, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
    I went to trial and I think they could have prepared more and the outcome would have been better. At one point I was wondering if they encouraged me to go to trial so they would receive more money.
  • Janet R. Mar 30, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
    Our experience working with Mr. Forslund was outstanding. He and his office were always very helpful, and he was always accessible when we had concerns. He answered our calls or called us back immediately. We retained him for assistance with a DUI. The process was resolved in a reasonable frame. He was courteous and professional.
  • Nicholas R. Mar 25, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Noah M. Mar 22, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Gregory S. Feb 25, 2015
    DUI Attorney
    Verified Review
    i have just started my business relationship with Mr. Forslund. but i am confident he will doo a good job in helping me with my DUI. He was only one third the cost of the other lawyers i talked to, which made me trust him right away. it means he is a honest man and isnt trying to take advantage of my situation and short comings. i will follow up with another review in the near future after everthing is said and done.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We charge a flat fee for DUI defense representation at the DMV hearing, arraignment, pre-trial conference and disposition. We are also available for consultation while our client is on probation. We require an initial retainer deposit of 1/4 of the total amount, with the balance payable in equal installments over three months. For clients who have been revoked seeking to obtain a valid Colorado license, we charge a flat fee of $1,200, with an initial retainer of $600 and the balance payable 10 days before their DMV appearance.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our process is we respond to telephone, text, email and online form inquiries from prospective new clients regarding DUI defense representation. During that first contact, we briefly assess the parameters of a case and schedule a complementary one hour in-office appointment, if possible, or a phone conference to gain a complete understanding of each individua situation. Following the initial consultation, if a client decides to retain our services, we require them to sign a fee agreement, make an initial retainer deposit and schedule monthly payments. In a typical DUI case we enter our appearance as attorney of record, set hearing dates at court and appear at the hearing which the Department of Revenue has set, request discovery and plan our defense strategy in consultation with the client. As a case proceeds, we communicate regularly with our clients, file the necessary motions and attend hearings. As a case proceeds, we advise our client regarding settlement offers or prepare and conduct a trial to the court. After a case has concluded, we follow up with our client to advise and assist them in the process to get their driver license reinstated. For clients whose licenses are revoked in other states and want to come to Colorado to obtain a driver license here, we help our clients prepare the necessary paperwork and accompany them to the DMV to ensure the process is completed successfully.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Jim Forslund was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar as an undergraduate at University of Colorado and holds a Master of Divinity degree in addition to his law degree from the University of Denver. Gary Pareja was recognized for superior grades at Metropolitan State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate Law School. The Colorado Supreme Court mandates 45 hours of continuing education. Jim and Gary exceed that requirement every time. They each spend over 20 hours per month researching the latest cases, legal treatises, scientific literature, and articles on the subject of drunk driving defense allowing them to be on the cutting edge of DUI defense at all times.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began a general law practice in 1979. Over the years, I began focusing that practice to exclusively handling DUI cases because it was an area of law that I particularly enjoyed and was good at. Together with my partner Gary Pareja, an Adams County prosecutor for 10 years, we derive a real sense of satisfaction by helping out ordinary folks who unfortunately experience a drinking and driving situation.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have represented thousands of clients with their DUI cases over the years. They include young adults who have made a youthful error in judgement and driven after drinking, older first-time offenders who drove in a situation they know they shouldn’t have, to people in their 50s 60s and 70s who have had prior incidents of DUI arrests and convictions. We have represented single mothers, people with commercial driver’s licenses, and hard-working, law-abiding folks who made a bad decision. We also assist clients who come to Colorado from other states where they have had their licenses revoked, suspended and cancelled due to multiple DUI convictions and were able to help them get them a valid Colorado driver’s license and regain control of their lives.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently took a case right up to trial for a future teacher on a refusal. She did not feel she was impaired. She could not afford this alcohol offense on her record, because it would affect her ability to get a job. The DA backed down on the date of trial and offered a wet reckless.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have been ticketed for DUI in Colorado, it is critical that you retain an experienced, aggressive and reasonably priced attorney who specializes in DUI defense. Not only will you face criminal charges in county court, but the Department of Motor Vehicles may revoke your driving privileges. If you refused to submit to a blood or breath test during the traffic stop, you may have already had to surrender your driver’s license to police. There is a very short deadline for you to request a DMV hearing. If you submitted to a chemical test of your breath or blood and the result was above .08, you face serious consequences and a license revocation. If you have prior DUI convictions, no matter how long ago or in any state, you are subject to additional court sanctions and possibly a serious felony charge under a new Colorado law. The worst thing you can do is appear at your arraignment by yourself and try to negotiate with the district attorney. It is their job to secure a conviction. The best advice I can give is for you to retain our services for three reasons. My partner and I have a combined total of 60 years of DUI practice in jurisdictions throughout the state. With that background, we are able to tailor our defense strategies to provide you with the most effective representation and best outcome of your case. Our flat fee is $1,400 to take a case through all the hearings up to trial and you can start with a $350 retainer deposit with easy monthly payments.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Some of the questions you should be thinking about before talking to an attorney are: What qualifications, education and reputation does the attorney have? How many years has the attorney defended DUI clients? How many DUI cases has the attorney handled? Does the attorney specialize in DUI or is it just one area of their practice? What do their past clients say about them in reviews? How much will it cost? What outcome can I expect, based on the attorney’s experience with cases like mine?