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Reid DeChant

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DeChant Law specializes in DUI/DWAI defense and taking cases to trial.
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI
  • Colorado
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Morgan English
Morgan English February 28, 2024
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Mr. Reid DeChant is a great lawyer but even more than that he is personable which is rare to find. This is what makes him exceptional.
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Luca P. February 12, 2024
This dude is an absolute TERROR in the court room I truly can not put into words how diligent and down right effective Reid is. It says something when you hear the DA trying to prosecute you, talking about this man as soon as he steps into the court room. From start to finish, Reid informed me of absolutely every single one of my options moving forward with my case. Made sure time and time again that I understood the potential outcomes of each option, and was there 24/7 if I had any questions. When filing motions, he also made a point to make sure my concerns were addressed to the court promptly. Hands down one of the smartest human beings I know and very impressive seeing him work. He got my case dropped and sealed T minus 18 hours before trial. 100% recommend and is now my one and only attorney. Reid, thank you!
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Reid is a dedicated legal professional with a unique journey in the realm of criminal justice. Born and raised in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, he kick-started his academic journey by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Venturing further into the world of law, Reid relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he pursued his passion for legal expertise at the University of Denver. It was during his time in law school that he began to refine his trial advocacy skills, a journey that led him to become a distinguished member of the National Trial Team.

While in law school, he developed his passion for defending DUI/DWAI cases with The Orr Law Firm and DUIDLA. Ever since, he has maintained the most modern strategies of attack and defending a client accused with DUI/DWAI. Mr. DeChant recognizes that a DUI can be daunting and life changing. No matter your background, you may find yourself face to face with an impaired driving accusation and Mr. DeChant strives to help you navigate through the administrative DMV process and the criminal court process.

Mr. DeChant’s commitment to client-focused representation and trial advocacy continued to grow during his tenure at the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, where he passionately defended the rights of the accused. He firmly believes in taking any case to trial when a favorable resolution seems unattainable, and his dedication extends to regularly attending trial advocacy trainings across the nation to ensure he possesses the most effective tools for his clients.

In 2022, he attended Trial Lawyers College where he developed research based strategies on persuasive story telling. Having this tool is priceless in his negotiations with prosecutors, requesting reasonable sentences with judges and convincing jurors that his client is innocent. Mr. DeChant regularly teaches other Colorado attorneys the latest on defending impaired driving and DMV related consequences.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    DUI & DWI
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado Supreme Court
ID Number: 50734
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Professional Experience
Owner, Lead Trial Attorney
DeChant Law
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Founding attorney at DeChant Law. Our primary focus has been on DUI/DWAI defense and trial advocacy. Reid helps other attorneys with trial consults, motion litigation, and will take any case to trial a client wishes.
Associate Trial Attorney
The Orr Law Firm
Orchestrated end-to-end case management, navigated clients through the administrative process at the DMV and the legal process at court, including taking 6 trials to verdict.
Senior Deputy Public Defender
Colorado State Public Defender
Bail Bond Liason DUI Liason Litigated cases from DUI to first degree homicide cases, obtained favorable outcomes for clients, and took over 25 trials to verdict.
Colorado State Public Defenders Office
Practice law as a certified student attorney. Managed a case load, including litigating motions and trials.
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Help with administrative duties getting DUIDLA started and seminars.
The Orr Law Firm
Research, draft and develop motions for the Orr Law attorneys.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
J.D. (2016) | Advocacy with Criminal Litigation Focus
Interned at The Orr Law firm, DUIDLA, and Colorado State Public Defenders Office's while in school.
Activities: National Trial Team Member Criminal Law Association Member Student Trial Lawyers Association Board Baylor Law School St. Andrews Advanced School of Trial CU/DU Mock Trial Competition - Champion 2015 Advocacy Cup - Champion 2016 Advocacy Cup - Champion Hoffman Cup - Semi-Finalist Moot Court Figa Motion's Competition - Semi-Finalist
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Arizona State University
B.S. (2012) | Criminal Justice
Activities: Air Force ROTC
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Elite Lawyer - Criminal Defense 2024
Elite Lawyer
Client's Choice Award 2024
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers
Elite Lawyer - Criminal Defense 2023
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Client's Choice Award 2023
Avvo awarded Reid with the Client's Choice Award in 2023 for the 5-star reviews he received throughout 2023.
Professional Associations
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
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National College of DUI Defense
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Trial Lawyers College
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State Bar of Colorado  # 50734
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Articles & Publications
What to do when DMV tries to suspend your license for excessive points?
Speaking Engagements
Advanced motions and Strategy, DUI Conference, Vail
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
Present to attorneys on advanced motions practice and strategy regarding defending DUI/DWAI related cases.
SRP, Bond, and Bond Appeals, Brighton
Colorado State Public Defenders
Provide strategies to attorneys on how to handle SRP, bond issues, and how to appeal bond rulings.
SRP and Bond in Adams County, Brighton
Colorado State Public Defenders
Provide attorneys strategies on handling Supervised Release Program (SRP) and Bond issues in Adams County.
Defending DUI Cases, Basic Lawyer Training, Denver
Colorado State Public Defenders
Presented to new lawyers strategies on defending DUI cases.
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14 Questions Answered
Q. I have video footage that incriminates me. The prosecutor doesn't have it. Do I give it to my defense attorney
A: If you are charged with assault and the video shows you just walked towards the accuser and did not assault him, it sure sounds like that video could help prove your case for you. Either way, good or bad, your attorney does not have to provide that information to the prosecutor. Everything you tell your attorney is confidential and the attorney is prohibited from sharing that information unless there is an exception, like if you are threatening to hurt someone or have someone tied up in your basement, as an extreme example. I have lots of clients admit to being guilty but I still go into court and argue the evidence doesn't support a conviction.
Q. I have a case in for robbery and menacing. I also have mental issues and at the time of the incident I breakdown
A: I would suggest hiring a private attorney (you can use the attorney search function on this website or on Google) or applying for a public defender. From the little bit you have shared, having a mental breakdown doesn't allow you to commit crimes. However, it certainly can be used as mitigation when negotiating a plea agreement for your case. You could get into treatment, show the DA your treatment along with an explanation about what was going on and convince them this was a one time thing that would never happen again. These are all things an attorney can and should help you with. Robbery is a very serious charge you should not try to navigate alone or with the assistance of random attorneys online. ... Read More
Q. When Denver took over my Douglas County case that was to run concurrent with Denver, shouldn't it (Douglas County) have
A: There are a couple possibly explanations as to how you got into this situation. First, I'd recommend hiring an attorney to help navigate your situation because they should be able to help get you out of this situation better than trying to navigate it yourself.

First, it is possible that Douglas never received any communication from Denver and that you didn't follow up to make sure the two counties were in touch. I often see where a client is sentenced to probation in Denver and also probation in Douglas and it is on you to make sure they communicate about what you are doing. You cannot just do probation in Denver and expect Douglas to figure it out.

Second, let's assume you did the work up front and they were in touch. It is possible your Douglas probation was longer or had other terms you did not complete. So while you completed Denver's terms, you didn't complete Douglas' terms.

Again, an attorney will be able to look at both cases, the probation complaint and help figure out the best outcome for you. This forum has the ability to attorney search for attorneys.
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DeChant Law
8354 Northfield Blvd.
Building G, Ste. 3700
Denver, CO 80238
Telephone: (720) 634-6789
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