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Jason Savela

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Boulder, CO

The Savela Law Firm, P.C.
3825 Iris Ave, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 720-821-1001
Fax: 303-449-9349
Email: Jason Savela
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed in Colorado Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (70%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

At The Savela Law Firm, PC, we believe cases begin with you. We want to know what happened to you. How you experienced the events and why. At Trial Lawyers College, we learn how to help you tell that story effectively and persuasively. Whether the story is told by you or other witnesses, we know the true story of innocence will prevail. We will find the evidence to do that together. #HonestResults

We have the experience and skill necessary to take your case to trial. Our discovery and investigation finds all of the evidence to negotiate the best possible plea bargain or dismissal. Our process has resulted in the June 2021 Sexual Assault trial win in Denver, Not Responsible finding on CU Title IX University Sexual Misconduct hearing October 2021, September 2021 Jefferson County DUI refusal dismissal, complete dismissal of sexual assault charges, complete dismissal of sexual assault on a child charges, complete dismissal of DUI charges, Domestic Violence Stalking Harassment October 2021 dismissal, successful trial defense of murder charges, successful trial defense of felony domestic violence charges, successful trial defense of sexual assault charges and many other outcomes that made our clients extremely happy. Our pre-charging investigations have resulted in many cases never being filed, no arrest. 

If you want a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer that will listen, if you need one that will fight for you, call Us now.

The Savela Law Firm is committed to providing the best service and representation to individuals and small businesses. We do not represent the government, large corporations or insurance companies. We help people. Our expertise comes from over 25 years of trying cases to juries for individuals. If you are facing criminal charges, or are worried you might be, call us. If you have been injured through the negligence of others, get medical help, and then call us. We can help. 

Jason Savela is honored to be faculty at the Trial Lawyers College.

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He is admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Highly respected by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Savela is the holder of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Avvo and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has received additional criminal defense education through courses at the Trial Lawyer's College. Mr. Savela is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and The National College for DUI Defense, Inc.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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About Jason Savela

First Admitted: 1997, Colorado

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  • 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 negotate 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 Sobrety Test Operator Certification, 2005
  • Breath Alcohol Technician on the CMI Intoxilyzer 5000 by Industrial Training and Design, Ltd.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Faculty Trial Lawyers College, 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 - Bouder, 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
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Office Location for Jason Savela

3825 Iris Ave
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301

Last Updated: 12/27/2021

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