In the last part of August, I got to do one of my favorite things. I spend about 10 days at Thunderhead Ranch, outside of Dubois, Wyoming, practicing trial skills with some of the best trial lawyers in the country. This is Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers' College. Gerry built the college and still teaches at his advanced age. Each day, we wake up early, often going for a hike and then getting breakfast at the cook house. We work from 9am-9pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. This is not a lecture series. Instead, we work in small groups and practice skills with staff trainers and other attorneys. The goal is to best tell the story of your case. There are also break out sessions where attorneys teach things they have learned. I taught about DUI Jury Selection. It was lots of hard work, but I feel more invigorated than ever. I cannot wait to try my next case.


This morning, I got to do one of my favorite things.  I called my client to tell him we won his DMV Hearing and he gets to keep his full drivers' license privileges.  This was especially important to this client because he needs to drive for work.

We won because the officer did not appear in person nor by telephone and did not request a continuance.  Even at DMV hearings, we have the due process right to cross examine the evidence against us.  When the officer fails to appear, after our request to appear, due process is violated mandating dismissal.  Sometimes, it is better to be lucky than good.  But, luck requires preparation and we were prepared.

I do not recommend requesting the officer initially for a Boulder DMV Hearing.  If you do, when they schedule the Boulder DMV Hearing, they will schedule all of that officer's appearances in a row.  Few officers will fail to appear for 5 hearings in a row.  We can always subpoena the officer later, after reviewing the Express Consent packet to make sure all the required information is present and there is no way the officer can hurt us.  For Boulder DMV Hearings, remember to request the hearing within 7 days of notice of revocation, but do not request the officer's presence.  Wait until your Boulder Criminal Defense Lawyer makes that decision.

For many years we have heard about disparities in drug sentences for different forms of the same drug, often targeting non-whites.  For many years we have heard about mandatory minimums on non-violent drug charges that seem very unreasonable.  Well, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are doing something about it.

Contact The Savela Law Firm, PC at 720-260-7392 to discuss petitioning the Court to reduce your Federal Drug Sentence.