Tara Nicole Jorfald
Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lakewood, CO
Tara Nicole Jorfald is a criminal defense attorney who fights for the rights and liberties of those accused in Lakewood, Colorado, and the surrounding areas. As a senior associate at The Noble Law Firm, LLC, she is known for her cost-effective representation and outstanding client service. She assists her clients in criminal cases related to juvenile delinquency, drug crimes, white collar crimes, sexual offenses, DUI, domestic violence, probation violations, civil rights appeals and juvenile appeals.
A juvenile defense attorney who is well-versed with both the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, Ms. Jorfald understands her responsibilities when dealing with the youth. She has helped prevent hundreds of juveniles from securing detention and has aided them to obtain rehabilitative support to build a better future for themselves.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts at Concordia College in 2004, Ms. Jorfald obtained her Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Oslo in 2008. Later in 2013, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She took part in the juvenile defense training program at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC).
At the beginning of her career, Ms. Jorfald served as a counselor at a youth residential treatment facility and at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS). After completing her legal degree, she worked as a legal intern at the Denver District Attorney’s Office and as a judicial fellow for Judge Hood at the Denver District Court.
Ms. Jorfald gives back to the community by serving professional organizations and providing pro bono services. She is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center.
Fluent in Spanish and Norwegian, Ms. Jorfald holds an Avvo 10 ‘Superb’ client rating. She has received many endorsements from her peers and testimonials from her satisfied clients.
About Tara Nicole Jorfald
First Admitted: 2013, Colorado
Professional Webpage: http://www.noble-law.com/tarajorfald.html
- Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, B.A. in International Relations and Spanish
Pro bono/Community Service
- 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)
- Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, Member/Volunteer Lobbyist , 2021
- National Juvenile Defender Center Member
- Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Member
- National Juvenile Defender Center, Member, 2021
Last Updated: 5/15/2022