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Jennifer C Watkins

Jennifer C Watkins

Highly experienced and successful DUI/Criminal Attorney. Free Consultation!
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets ...
  • Colorado
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Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Ms.Watkins is very knowledgeable, empathetic and patient with her clients. She goes out of her way to help and respond to her clients questions promptly. Moreover, she keeps her clients well informed as to the legal process and potential outcomes.
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S. H. February 21, 2024
Case Dismissed! All Charges Dropped! Those were the words I most wanted to hear in court, but that seemed impossible. That all changed, however, the moment I chose Jennifer Watkins to be my attorney. The icing on the cake was that I heard those words WITHOUT incurring the expense and stress of going to trial, which also seemed to be an impossibility. My math calculation is this: 1 Impossibility + 1 Impossibility = 1 Miracle! I’ve had more experience than I ever wanted when it comes to needing an attorney, which means I’ve learned how to be a better judge when it comes to selecting one. Will Rogers once said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” I’m happy that the “school of hard knocks” gave me the good judgment to hire Jennifer, because she had the exact skill set needed to make the impossible, possible. Twice! Jennifer is “wicked smart,” thoroughly understands Colorado DUI laws and, equally importantly, she knows the intricacies of the Boulder County Justice Center. She knows the judges and the DAs, and they her. She knows how to navigate the complexities of the system and how to work with, and work ON individual DAs, all to her client’s best advantage. Jennifer listens with rare intensity. I felt heard, understood and accepted. She took the time upfront to get to know me, understand my background and needs, answer a gazillion questions, patiently and repeatedly explain the process, clearly define my options - and then recommend a course of action. Those are all wonderful qualities, right? But what REALLY sets Jennifer apart from other attorneys, in my opinion, are her interpersonal skills and her emotional intelligence. I believe that those were the qualities that empowered Jennifer to achieve the miraculous outcome that she did. What did she do and how did she do it? A new DA was assigned to my case about the same time I hired Jennifer. He was young, inexperienced and a total unknown; which Jennifer viewed as an opportunity instead of a problem. She set out to get to know him, observe how he operated and “what makes him tick.” She accurately “sized him up” as being in-over-his-head, overwhelmed and stressed, so she started to help him out here and there, show him the ropes, make suggestions. She slowly and incrementally earned his appreciation, respect and trust, thereby causing him to be more receptive to her input. That’s emotional intelligence at work! It took eight months for my case to snake its way through the court system, which gave Jennifer numerous opportunities to talk to the DA about it. She kept letting him know, sometimes playfully, that he could never win if my case went to trial. Her goal was to get him to offer an acceptable plea that would have lesser consequences than a DUI. Eventually the DA did, in fact, offer a reasonable plea agreement, which I quickly accepted and signed, all with an abundance of gratitude and relief. Mission accomplished! But then when it came time to stand in front of the judge, the DA shocked the courtroom - me most of all - by telling the judge that he'd changed his mind! The DA told the judge that my case was so weak that he believed it would be impossible to win at trial (just as Jennifer repeatedly told him). He told the judge that just because he COULD get me to accept a plea didn’t mean it was the “right thing to do” given all the negative consequences I would still suffer. Instead, the DA withdrew all charges, the case was dismissed and the file was automatically sealed; all without the expense and stress of going to trial! How do I explain the outcome? Jennifer helped the DA grow a conscience! Now, if THAT’S not a miracle, I don’t know what is! She may not be able to perform a miracle every time or for everyone, but she’s the only attorney who ever performed one for me! I can’t recommend Jennifer Watkins highly enough.
Roxanne L. December 8, 2023
Top Tier Representation, With a Human Touch I recently had the privilege of working with Ms. Watkins on a challenging DUI case, and I cannot express enough gratitude for the exceptional legal expertise and genuine compassion that she brought to the table. From the outset, Ms. Watkins demonstrated a profound understanding of the complexities surrounding my case. Her strategic approach and attention to detail were evident, as she worked to ensure every aspect of my defense was thoroughly examined. What truly set her apart, however, was her unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for me. Facing DUI charges is an incredibly stressful experience, but she provided a sense of reassurance and support throughout the entire process. She was not only a brilliant legal mind but also a compassionate individual who understood the emotional toll the case took on me. Ms. Watkins took the time to listen, empathize, and explain each step of the legal process in a way that made me feel understood and confident in her abilities. Ms. Watkins is simply a great person to talk to. She possesses a rare combination of legal acumen and interpersonal skills that make her not only an outstanding attorney but also a trusted confidant during a challenging time. In conclusion, if you find yourself in need of legal representation, especially in a DUI case, Jennifer Watkins is the advocate you want by your side. Her exceptional legal skills, genuine compassion, and ability to navigate the complexities of the legal system make her a true asset. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking top-tier legal representation with a human touch.
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Ms Watkins has been litigating criminal defense cases since 2001. She graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1999 and subsequently began her career in criminal defense at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office where she effectively handled more than two hundred and fifty criminal cases at a time on a regular basis. For most of her career, Jennifer has been in private practice, where she is able to dedicate the necessary time, resources and attention to detail to give each client’s case the scrutiny, insight, analysis and zealous advocacy that is often crucial to understanding the uniqueness of each situation and case and litigating with a triumphant outcome. Jennifer has successfully handled a myriad of cases, with particular focus on misdemeanors and felonies involving allegations of assault, domestic abuse, weapons, theft, drug charges and DUI and DUID. Jennifer has an extraordinary ability to unravel cases from many perspectives, to unearth errors and omissions in the prosecution’s case, and to effectively convey the perspective of the accused to prosecutors, judges, and juries.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Watkins Law Firm
- Current
Colorado Office of the Public Defender
Victim Advocate
Women in Crisis/Jefferson County Colorado District Attorney's Office
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
J.D. (1999) | Law
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Queens University
B.S. (1994)
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Client Champion - Silver
Client's Choice Award
Client's Choice Award (2000-2021)
Best of 2015
Professional Associations
State Bar of Colorado  # 31731
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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
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Boulder County Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Panel Discussing Crime- Young Democrats of Boulder, Boulder County Young Democrats
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Watkins Law Firm LLC
4450 Arapahoe Ave
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80303
Telephone: (303) 507-1324
Fax: (303) 200-7070
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Saturday & Sunday - By Appointment Only.
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