News & Media

The Denver District Attorney's Office is committed to providing public information in an accurate and timely manner. News releases and officer-involved shooting decision letters are posted regularly here.

Helpful information, including court docket resources, expanded media requests and links to related agencies such as courts and law enforcement, are also provided to assist with research and access to public information.

  • Communications Director: Ken Lane
  • Office: 720-913-9025
  • Email: kenneth.lane@denverda.org
  • Main Reception: 720-913-9000
  • General E-Mail: Info@DenverDA.org

Denver District Attorney and Denver City Attorney

Denver is unique in Colorado in that it is a City, County, and State Judicial District.  The Denver City Council has enacted numerous municipal ordinances that regulate or prohibit conduct which is also regulated or prohibited by state law.

In many instances, charges that could be filed as violations of state law are filed by Denver Police Department officers as violations of the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

Both the Denver District Attorney and Denver City Attorney prosecute criminal offenses in Denver County Court.


Crimes Prosecuted by the District Attorney

The Denver District Attorney’s office prosecutes misdemeanors and felonies defined by state law occurring within the City and County of Denver.


Crimes Prosecuted by the City Attorney

The City Attorney prosecutes violations of city municipal ordinances (city laws) and regulatory codes created by the City of Denver; examples include: defacing property, petty theft, shoplifting, resistance, interference of a peace officer, curfew, assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, trespass, open container, being in the park after hours, and non-alcohol traffic violations.


Case Number Tip

District Attorney’s Office:  Case numbers start with a year, then letters “CR,” “M,” or “JD,” then a number, as in 16CR01234, 17M1234, or 15JD7891

City Attorney’s Office: Case numbers start with a year, then letters “GV,” “GS,” or “D,” then a number, as in 17GS1234 or D5678, or paperwork says “General Sessions Summons and Complaint”


City Attorney’s Office Contact Information

Phone: 720-913-8050
Email: CityAttorney.Prosecution@denvergov.org

Denver Court Dockets

For a listing of the Denver criminal courts daily docket visit this website

Pre-Trial Publicity

The Denver District Attorney’s Office is bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically Rules 3.6 and 3.8, as to what information can be provided to the public and media prior to trial.

For a copy of those rules, click here.

For a copy of the annual letter from the Denver District Attorney to the Chief of Police describing these rules and limitations, click here. 

Criminal Background Checks

Persons interested in obtaining the criminal history of a Denver defendant can contact:

Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

Phone: 303-239-4208
Website: www.cbirecordscheck.com

Records Request

For information and forms regarding CORA/CCJRA records requests click here.

Sealed or Other Restricted Public Information

Sex Assault Victims

Identifying information of sexual assault victims is prohibited from public disclosure, 24-72-304(4), C.R.S.

Child Victims

The name and any other information that would identify any child victim of sex-related offenses is prohibited from public disclosure, 24-72-304(4.5)(a), C.R.S.

Juveniles

In general (with exceptions), law enforcement records relating to pending actions against juveniles, including their identifying information shall not be disclosed to the public, 19-1-304(2)(a), C.R.S.

Sealed Criminal Records

Upon the entry of an order to seal arrest and criminal records other than convictions, the petitioner and all criminal justice agencies may properly reply, upon any inquiry in the matter, that no such records exist with respect to the person,  24-72-702(1)(d), C.R.S.

Expanded Media Coverage (EMC) Requests

District Court

Information about expanded media coverage requests for District Court proceedings is available at “Expanded Media Coverage Rules and Forms,” https://www.courts.state.co.us/Media/Index.cfm

The request form is available electronically, which means it does not have to be filed in person at the courthouse, at “Request for Expanded Media Coverage,” https://www.courts.state.co.us/Media/request/

The request will be routed to the clerk of court and district administrator via email, and then uploaded to the case file by the clerk for a ruling from the court.

Within the “Certificates of Service” box, if valid email addresses for the parties are entered, they will automatically be served with the EMC request.  If you cannot find email contacts, you will need to print the form and serve the parties.

County Court

Information about expanded media coverage requests for County Court proceedings is available at www.denvercountycourt.org/media-section/

Inmate Locators

Denver Sheriff’s Department (City & County Jails)

https://www.denvergov.org/InmateSearch or call 720-913-3600.

Colorado Department of Corrections

https://www.colorado.gov/cdoc/