Jason Savela

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado

The Savela Law Firm, P.C.
Jason Savela
The Savela Law Firm, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, DUI-DWI, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1997

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011

The Savela Law Firm, P.C.

3825 Iris Ave
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301 Visit website


Jason Savela is a criminal defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado. The founder of The Savela Law Firm, P.C., he serves clients in Boulder and Longmont. He handles criminal matters involving domestic violence, DUI, sexual assault, Title IX student defense, and other misdemeanor and felony charges.

Mr. Savela has over 25 years of legal experience and has helped hundreds of clients resolve their legal issues. Prior to founding his own law firm, he spent several years as a public defender in various Colorado counties, defending clients against a range of criminal charges, from first-degree murder to misdemeanors.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Savela is a member of the Boulder County Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense. He also sits on the board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University, Mr. Savela received his law degree from Georgetown Law. He holds licenses to practice law before all Colorado state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Mr. Savela attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and holds a certification in standardized field sobriety tests by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He is a certified breath alcohol technician through Industrial Training and Design, Ltd., and is a qualified criminal defense expert witness in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties in Colorado.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, Failure to pay child support, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Overdrawn bank account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, DUI/DWI, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents

  • 70% Criminal defense
  • 20% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1997, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.jasonsavela-law.com/boulder-colorado-criminal-de...

  • Sophomore Honors Distinction, Bachelor of Arts English Literature, LSU, 1992
  • Undergraduate award, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992
  • Expert Witness, Criminal Defense.
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts - English Literature - Louisiana State University, 1992
  • Draft and negotiate lease for owner of building with marijuana business tenant., 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Trial Lawyers College Grad II program, 2017
  • Trial Lawyers College Grad I program, 2016
  • Trial Lawyers College Grad II program, 2015
  • Trial Lawyers College Grad II program, 2014
  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers' College, 2010
  • Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician - Intoxilyzer - Industrial Training and Design Ltd., 2007
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Operator Certification, 2005
  • Breath Alcohol Technician on the CMI Intoxilyzer 5000 by Industrial Training and Design, Ltd.
White Papers:
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Faculty Trial Lawyers College https://www.triallawyerscollege.org/, 2019
  • Former Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Board Member
  • Former Boulder Bar Association Civil Law Co-Chair
  • United States District Court of Colorado, since 2002
  • Former Criminal Law Editor of Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association Trial Talk
  • Colorado State Courts, since 1997
  • Board Member, Colorado Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, former Secretary, Treasurer
  • Not Responsible for Sexual Misconduct - University of Colorado Boulder - this was one of the first contested hearings under the newer Title IX rules at CU. There were lots of investigator and complainant shenanigans, but the retired Judge saw the truth. My client testified, as did a few other witnesses generally supporting him. The complainant and her accusing friends mostly refused to testify. The university ruled that since the act did not occur on campus, they did not have to provide Due Process confrontation and cross-examination rights. This will eventually be overruled by the Courts, but not in my case - we won. Client graduated and has an excellent job. His life changed and was quite difficult for 9 months, but that is better than losing and it changing forever., 2021
  • Ski Injury - Plaintiff - we successfully negotiated a settlement for our client who was hit by another skier from behind. Client is healthy and has been made whole by the settlement. I enjoyed working with my friend Sean Brown on this case (Steamboat Springs lawyer)., 2021
  • Stalking Harassment Domestic Violence Dismissed - after thorough investigation and legal analysis, the elements of the charges were found to be lacking. While this may be true, getting a prosecutor to dismiss even when they agree is not always easy. This prosecutor was pushing a deferred sentence deal (which we refused) up until the moment she dismissed. Sometimes, it is best to stand up and say ready for trial. Clients record remains clean and the arrest is sealed., 2021
  • Dismissed DUI Jefferson County - this poor guy refused when he should have taken the test, because it would have been in his favor. It is always difficult getting a prosecutor to dismiss a DUI, let alone one with a refusal (and a second at that). A prosecutor I previously worked with, one that knows my skills and that I am a decent human, listened to reason and agreed that an innocent person should not get a DUI just because he refused. Saved his license, and therefore his job., 2021
  • Not Guilty at Jury Trial - Denver Felony Sexual Assault with Force  This was an "acquaintance rape" claim. There was no offer. The complainant's family hired a private attorney and private investigator to make sure the prosecutor did their job properly. The DA had 35 years experience. None of this bothered me. I don't scare easy. I worked with my client to tell the truth persuasively. We investigated fully. The jury was out for a short time. After the trial, several jurors appeared to complain to the DA that they never should have brought the case. That is not how it looked in the beginning. Another attorney told my client there was no way to win. If you are innocent and others say you cannot win, I can help., 2021
  • Colorado School of Mines Title IX University Student Misconduct Defense - Defended a college student accused of sexual misconduct. Succeeded at the school appellate level after investigating and challenging claims. Student returned to school for engineering degree on sports scholarship without missing class. A case where proving that claims against my student did not meet the applicable standard, and were not more believable than my student's statement. We showed the initial hearing decision-maker applied a more lenient standard on complainant than on respondent (my student). When the same standard applied to each, the proof was insufficient. While the truth was my client was innocent, it is sometimes best to argue standards than force a decision-maker to find innocence. , 2020
  • Win Title IX Sexual Misconduct Case at University Level - Showed Complainant Motive and Lies - University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2019
  • Dismissed Felony Strangulation Domestic Violence - Proved Complainant Lied - Boulder, 2020
  • Dismissed Hit and Run - Proved Car Owner was Driving Despite DNA on Airbag - Brighton, 2020
  • Dismissed DUI - Proved My Client was Sober - Boulder, 2020
  • Not Guilty First Degree Burglary - Involuntary Intoxication - Boulder, 2018
  • Not Guilty Felony Sexual Assault - Frat House - Boulder, 2016
  • Not Guilty Sexual Assault Felony - Flashback, Transference - Boulder, 2017
  • Not Guilty DUI - Drinking After Driving - Boulder, 2018
  • Dismissed Felony Domestic Violence - Proved Victim was Lying, 2019
  • Attempt to Influence a Public Servant Felony - dismissed by prosecutor 2 days prior to motions hearing after showing evidence that police officer lied in his report. , 2016
  • Automobile Crash with Traumatic Brain Injury - settled for more than policy limits - over $600,000 (all cases are different and I cannot guarantee this type of success for your case), 2015
  • Harassment dismissed after filing motion to dismiss for violation of free speech and facts not fitting statutory definitions., 2016
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust - dismissed by prosecutor following successful investigation and evaluation of the forensic interview., 2015
  • Automobile collision - settled for over $70,000 (all cases are different and I cannot guarantee this type of success for your case), 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This week’s podcast features Jason Savela, a criminal defense lawyer with more than two decades of experience trying cases to juries in Colorado. Continuing our theme of “Managing in Tough Times,” Jason shares the details of some of his most riveting cases, guiding listeners through the hardships and triumphs that he has shared with his clients. As a TLC-trained trial lawyer, Jason stays true to the psychodramatic methods, sharing the strategies he used to discover his clients’ stories and tell them authentically to the jury. Bringing the discussion back to the tough times we are collectively facing, Jason reminds listeners of the importance of using demonstrative evidence now more than ever., Subject of Interview, TLC Podcast Episode 99: Jason Savela on the Role of Demonstrative Evidence When Navigating Tough Times, The Trial Lawyers College, Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • I helped teach the first week of the 3 week college, including discovering the story, and directing., Faculty, Trial Lawyers College (3 week course - July), The Trial Lawyers College, Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • I helped teach voir dire the trial lawyers college way., Faculty, Trial Lawyers College Alaska Regional Voir Dire, Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Overview of College Title IX cases to help people understand their rights, what to expect, and how to best defend yourself., Co-Author, COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATIONS UNDER TITLE IX: PROTECTING YOUR CLIENT IN A WORLD WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, The Warrior - Fall 2018 , Title IX, College Student Sexual Misconduct, 2018
  • I helped teach the basics of the trial lawyers college method, discovering the story and directing., Faculty, Trial Lawyers College Fundamentals , Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Continuing Legal Education presentation on jury selection in the DUI Case, Author/Presenter, Jury Selection in the DUI Case, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2009
  • An article arguing that the Colorado Constitution allows for medical use of concentrated marijuana., Author, Medical Marijuana Includes Medical Hash, Trial Talk, Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, 2010
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Qualified by Broomfield District Court as a Criminal Defense Expert Witness - successfully testified overturning a trial result on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel. New trial ordered., 2021
  • Qualified as an Expert in Criminal Defense - Arapahoe County, 2012
  • Qualified as an Expert in Criminal Defense - Jefferson County District Court, 2009
Industry Groups:
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado NORML Board
  • falsely accused
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College Of DUI Defense
  • Over-Charged
  • Save Our Sons
  • Title IX For All
  • Title IX University Student Defense
  • Trial Lawyers College Faculty
  • University Sexual Misconduct

Office location for Jason Savela

3825 Iris Ave
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301

Phone: 720-907-6807


7 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011

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