Zachary Malkinson and Kristan Wheeler are Boulder criminal defense lawyers with a combined 25 years of criminal defense experience. We understand how difficult it is to be charged with a crime and recognize that the consequences can have a devastating impact on your life. We believe you will benefit from having a team of two highly compassionate lawyers zealously advocate for you in a criminal justice system that can be harsh and impersonal. We are dedicated defenders of your individual Constitutional rights.

We are highly qualified attorneys you can trust. Our approach is aggressive, resourceful and personable.  We both have experience trying serious felony and misdemeanor cases. Kristan has eight years of private practice experience in Boulder, Colorado. She has tried and negotiated cases in Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties ranging from DUI to assault to homicide. Kristan has been selected by her peers to serve on Board of Directors for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, a postition she still maintains. Zak grew up in Boulder and then spent seven years in the highly regarded Public Defender Office in Oakland, California, a city with a high crime rate. Zak represented over 1,000 adults charged in crimes ranging from trespassing to homicide. Zak has won jury trials in Colorado District, County and Municipal courts. Zak is currently co-chair of the criminal law section of the Boulder County Bar Association.

We are not afraid to take a case to trial. If, however, a case should be resolved before trial, we will negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best outcome possible. We have a reputation in the legal community as advocates who will tirelessly fight for our clients’ rights.

We defend all municipal, local, state, and federal misdemeanor and felony charges. Whether it is a county court traffic ticket, a DUI where a DMV suspension hearing is possible, a petition from the CU Office of Judicial Affairs or a misdemeanor or serious felony charge, Kristan and Zak approach each case with patience and rigor. Boulder criminal defense attorneys Kristan Wheeler and Zak Malkinson are experienced and dedicated defenders. Call Kristan or Zak now to schedule a free consultation.


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