Tara Nicole Jorfald
Top rated Appellate attorney in Lakewood, ColoradoThe Noble Law Firm, LLC
Tara Jorfald is a criminal defense attorney who has dedicated her entire legal career to criminal appeals and postconviction work. As a senior associate at The Noble Law Firm, LLC, she is known for her outstanding client service and thorough litigation. Tara specializes in working with clients that are convicted of the most serious offenses and are serving life, or lengthy prison sentences. She handles cases at every level, from the county court to our state supreme court. She also works on various sentencing mitigation, special needs, deregistration, expungement, and clemency projects. She also works on various policy issues and advises on Amici. She also advises other attorneys on complex appellate issues, and helps prepare attorneys for oral argument.
Tara has specialized in representing juveniles in both juvenile delinquency and direct file cases. Tara remains committed to fighting for sentencing reductions individually, in her clients’ cases, and on a policy level. After completing her Bachelor of Arts at Concordia College in 2004, Tara obtained her Master’s in Philosophy in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law in 2008. Later in 2013, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She has taken part in numerous national trainings in juvenile defense, trial advocacy, and appellate writing.
Prior to beginning her work at the Noble Law Firm, in 2013, Tara worked at the Norwegian Centre for Human, the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers, as a legal intern at the Denver District Attorney’s Office, and briefly as a judicial fellow for Justice Hood at the Denver District Court.
Tara gives back to the community by serving professional and youth organizations and providing pro bono services. She is a longstanding member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Proficient in Spanish and Norwegian, Tara holds an Avvo 10 ‘Superb’ client rating. She has received many endorsements from her peers and testimonials from her satisfied clients.
Practice areasAppellate, Criminal Defense
Appeals, Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency
- 60% Appellate
- 40% Criminal Defense
First Admitted: 2013, Colorado
Professional Webpage: http://www.noble-law.com/tarajorfald.html
- Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, B.A. in International Relations and Spanish
- Assisted in lobbying and amending criminal justice state bills.
- Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Member/Volunteer
- Specialized in juvenile defense. Attend special NJDC Juvenile training in 2019 and other relevant juvenile trainings.
- Rules of Juvenile Procedure Work Taskforce, 2018
- People in Interest of B.D., 477 P.3d 143 (Colo. 2020) (at-risk victim statute, imposing greater penalties when a theft happens in presence of an at-risk victim, is a sentence enhancer rather than an element of offense) People in Interest of J.D., 464 P.3d 785 (Colo. 2020) (magistrate who accepted juvenile's guilty plea in juvenile delinquency proceeding retained jurisdiction to hear juvenile's motion to withdraw plea based on ineffective assistance of plea counsel) M.A.W. v. People, 456 P.3d 1284 (Colo. 2020) (the test for prejudice in the context of a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel in a dependency and neglect proceeding is the test for prejudice set forth in Strickland v. Washington) People v. Yakas, 461 P.3d 568 (Colo. App. 2019) (the statutory right to a speedy disposition guaranteed by the Uniform Mandatory Disposition of Detainers Act, and the required statutory advisement of rights, may be waived by counsel) People in Interest of J.V.D., 442 P.3d 1030 (Colo. App. 2019) (because the juvenile court did not fulfill its constitutional or statutory duties to secure an effective waiver, the juvenile’s right to counsel was violated) People in Interest of B.D., 479 P.3d 21 (Colo. App. 2019) (for court to impose enhanced sentence, prosecution was required to prove that juvenile was aware that the victim was an at-risk person or that an element or portion of the crime would be committed in the at-risk person’s presence) People in the Interest of J.C., 428 P.3d 617 (Colo. App. 2018) (a court may not sentence a juvenile to commitment with the Division of Youth Corrections for an indeterminate term) People in the Interest of J.D., 468 P.3d 35 (Colo. App. 2017) (in juvenile delinquency case, magistrate has jurisdiction to consider a motion to withdraw a previously entered guilty plea based on ineffective assistance of counsel) Estrada-Huerta v. People, 394 P.3d 1139 (Colo. 2017) (the categorical ban on sentences of life without parole for juveniles who were not convicted of homicide does not apply to an aggregate term-of-years sentence) People v. Penn, 379 P.3d 298 (Colo. 2016) (where a petition for rehearing is timely filed in the district court, the district court judgment does not become final for purposes of the forty-two-day period to file a petition for writ of certiorari under C.A.R. 52(a) until the district court denies the petition for rehearing People v. Graves, 368 P.3d 317 (Colo. 2016) (Colorado's public indecency statute, section 18-7-301(1)(d), is not unconstitutionally overbroad or vague)
Office location for Tara Nicole Jorfald
215 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228
- Rising Stars: 2022 - 2023