For more than 40 years, attorney Craig L. Truman has been defending the rights of the accused throughout Colorado. From his Denver law office, Mr. Truman offers discreet and comprehensive legal services on behalf of people charged with serious felonies and high-level crimes.
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Truman understands that early intervention in criminal cases is an important first step toward protecting his client’s rights. If you believe you are under investigation, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, Mr. Truman has been able to negotiate resolutions to complex legal matters even before a formal criminal charge has been filed.
Although Mr. Truman handles a wide range of criminal charges, many clients come to him because they are facing very serious charges that come with potentially life-changing penalties. Such serious charges include sex offenses, homicide, manslaughter, felony assault and drug charges.
Craig L. Truman has extensive knowledge of Colorado courts and their procedures, having worked as a public defender and having years of experience in private practice. Mr. Truman is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Colorado as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
Colorado State Supreme Court, 1974.
United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 1974.
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1982.
United States District Court for the District of Wyoming, 1985.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1984.
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Denver, Colorado, 1985.
United States Supreme Court, 1985.
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, 1971
University of Colorado School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973
1985‑Present Craig L. Truman, P.C., Denver, Colorado
1983‑1985 Deputy State Public Defender ‑ In Charge, Littleton, Colorado
1982‑1983 Partner, Law Firm of Miller, Gray, Hale & Truman, Boulder, Colorado
1978‑1982 Chief Deputy State Public Defender, Denver, Colorado
1975‑1978 Deputy State Public Defender ‑ In Charge, Brighton, Colorado
1973‑1975 Deputy State Public Defender, Boulder, Colorado
1973 Legal Aid and Defender Program, Board of Directors and Senior Council, University of Colorado School of Law
1972 Chief Deputy Probation Officer, Boulder Juvenile Court
Honors & Awards
2016 America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement
1981 – present Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
1987 – present Best Lawyers in America – Criminal Defense – White Collar and Non-White Collar
2015 – present National Association of Distinguished Counsel
2006 – present Colorado Super Lawyers – Criminal Defense
2004 University of Denver College of Law – Outstanding Ethical Conduct Award – Phi Delta Phi – Brewer Inn
1997 – present Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
1996 – present Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
1982 First Annual Defender Service Excellence Award – National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Founding Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, 1980-present
Member, Colorado Bar Association, 1980-present
Sustaining Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985-present
Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, 1996-present
Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation, 2000-present
1978 Colorado State Public Defender Conference. “Cross Examination of a Pathologist.”
1979 Colorado State Public Defender Conference. “Preparation of a Death Penalty Case.”
1979 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. “Cross Examination of a Forensic Toxicologist.”
1982 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. “Cross Examination of a Psychiatrist.”
1983 Colorado Bar Association. “Ethics and the Criminal Defense Lawyer.”
1983 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. “Opening Statements in a Criminal Trial.”
1983 – 2010 Western Regional Institute for Trial Advocacy, Laramie, Wyoming. Instructor in seven day advanced Trial Advocacy Course.
1983 Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. “Prior Similar ‑ Establishing Criminal Activity by Plan, Scheme or Design.”
1984 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association. “Cross Examination of a Child in Sex Assault Cases.”
1984 Colorado Bar Association. “Self Defense For Trial Lawyers, or Handling the Media in the Hot Case.”
1984, Colorado District Attorney’s Council. “Preparing the Difficult Arson Case for Trial.”
1984 -1985 Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado School of Law, Courses in Advanced Trial Advocacy, 1984‑1985.
1985 Northern Colorado/Western Wyoming Detectives Association. “Testimony for Homicide Detectives.”
1985 Colorado Association of Victim’s Rights. “New Techniques in Sex Assault Cases.”
1985 Colorado District Attorney’s Council. “Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses in Arson Cases.”
1985 California Public Defender’s Association. “Cross Examination of a Pathologist in Murder Cases.”
1985 Washington State Department of Criminal Justice. “Cross Examination of Pathologists in Murder Cases.”
1986 Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, “Plea Bargaining.”
1986 Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, “The Document Expert and The Law.”
1986 Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, “Defending the Sex Assault on a Child Case.”
1986 Colorado Bar Association, “Freedom of the Press v. Right to Privacy.”
1986 Colorado District Attorneys Council, “The Bar Press Compact.”
1986 Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, “Courtroom Testimony.”
1986 Colorado District Attorneys Council. “Defense Tactics In Sex Assault Cases.”
1986 – 1987 University of Denver, Ethics Seminar.
1987 Colorado District Attorney’s Council, “Sanity and Impaired Mental Condition.”
1987 Colorado District Attorney’s Council, “The Defense Attorney’s Role and Perspective In Child Abuse Cases.”
1987 Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. “Ethical Considerations in Criminal Defense.”
1988 International Association for Identification, “Defense Expectations of Expert Witnesses.”
1988 The Association of Colorado Parole Officers, “The Challenge: A Perfect Case.”
1989 Trial Advocacy in Colorado, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver.
1989 Trial Techniques, International Practicum Institute, Denver.
1990 Colorado District Judges Association. “Sex Assault On Children.”
1990 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. “Cross Examination.”
1990 National Business Institute. “Evidence In Trial Practice in Colorado.”
1990 Continuing Legal Education in Colorado. “1990 Annual Ethics Institute.”
1991 Western Colorado Peace Officers Association. “Court Room Testimony.”
1991 Denver Police Department. Domestic Assault Seminar, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
1991 City & County of Denver, Attorney Training. “Cross Examination Techniques and Concepts.”
1992 Colorado Bar Association. “A Trial Lawyer’s Course in Voir Dire and Jury Instructions.”
1992 Children’s Advocacy and Family Resource Center. “Child Abuse Investigation: Medical/Legal Death Investigative Issues.”
1993 Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators, Courtroom Testimony.
1993 State of Colorado Department of Social Services, Colorado Child Protection Team Conference. “Decision Making and Case Planning.”
1993 Colorado State Investigators’ Association. Criminal Investigative Techniques.
1993 National Business Institute, Inc. “Evidence in Trial Practice in Colorado.”
1993 Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993 Criminal Defense Conference. “The Art of Effective Cross Examination of Mental Health Experts.”
1994 Colorado Association of Sex Crimes Investigators. Court Presentation and Testimony.
1994 Colorado State Investigators’ Association. Criminal Investigative Techniques.
1994 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Representing Defendants Accused of Child Abuse.
1995 Colorado Department of Human Services. “Judges Perspective: Criminal and Civil Prosecution of Child Abuse and Neglect.”
1995 First Judicial District Bar Association. Ethics – Criminal Law.
1995 Arapahoe County Bar Association. “How to Represent a Client in a Criminal Matter — and Never Go To Court.”
1996 Arapahoe County Bar Association. Civil/Criminal Jury Selection.
1996 Office of the Attorney General. Death Penalty Standards Committee.
1996 Colorado State Investigator’s Association. “Trial Preparation, Testimony, and Defense Perspective.”
1997 Arapahoe County Bar Association. Law Day. “The Death Penalty and the 8th Amendment.”
1994 – 2001 Aurora Police Training Academy. “Role of Defense Attorneys.”
1994 – 2001 Denver Sheriff’s Department. “Inmates Constitutional Rights.”
1998 Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Spring Conference. “Basic Cross-Examination.”
1998 International Association for Identification. Fall Training Conference. “Issues for the Defense.”
1999 Colorado Bar Association. Seminar: Child Abuse: Litigating Civil and Criminal Cases. “Defending a Child Abuse Case.”
1999 University of Colorado School of Law. Homecoming CLE Ethics Program. “Current Topics in Legal Ethics.”
1999 Colorado Judicial Conference. “Voir Dire in a Changing Age.”
2003 Aurora Police Training Academy. “Role of Defense Attorneys.”
2004 University of Denver College of Law. Second Annual Legal Ethics Symposium.
2004 Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Mock Courtroom Training.
2005 University of Denver College of Law. Criminal Defense Panel.
2005 University of Denver College of Law. Criminal Defense Clinic.
2006 Boulder Police Department. Preparation and Courtroom Presentation.
2006 Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators. 2006 Western Robbery Conference. “Case Preparation and Courtroom Preparation.”
2007 Colorado Bar Association. Colorado Judicial Conference-Vail. Sentencing Feedback.”
2007 Colorado Auto Theft Investigators. 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Vehicle Crimes Training Seminar-Glenwood Springs.
2007 Boulder Police Department. Training Facility: “Role of the Criminal Defense Lawyer and How to Present a Case.”
2007 Colorado State Investigators Association Conference. Colorado School of Mines. “Presenting the Perfect Case in Court.”
2008 Colorado Bar Association CLE. “Preventing Legal Malpractice.”
2008 Adams/Broomfield Bar Association. “Colorado Law Day” tribute.
2008 National Institute for Trial Advocacy. “2008 Christopher A. Miranda Advocacy Institute – Teaching the Art of Advocacy.”
2008 International Association of Financial Crime Investigator’s – Rocky Mountain Chapter – Conference. “Defending Your Case: How to Think Like a Defense Attorney.”
2008 Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. “Child Interview Training.”
2008 Adams County District Attorney’s Office. “New District Attorney Training.”
2008 Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. “Investigation and Testifying for the Prosecution in Criminal Hearings.”
2009 Colorado State Judicial Department CLE Conference for Judges. “Voir Dire Done Right.”
2010 Colorado Bar & Denver Bar Association CLE. “Preventing Legal Malpractice”
2011-2012 Colorado State Judicial Department. “Sentencing Considerations” at New Judge Orientation and Training.
2012 Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. “Child Interview Training.”
2012 Colorado Bar & Denver Bar Association CLE. “Ethics & Professionalism”
2012 Colorado Bar & Denver Bar Association CLE. “Evidence for the Civil & Criminal Practitioner & Special Evidentiary Issues of Criminal Law”
2012 Colorado Bar Association CLE. “Prosecutor on Trial: The Rule of Law or Unfettered Discretion”
2012 Colorado State Investigators’ Association. “2012 Annual Training Conference”
2013 Colorado Homicide Investigators Association. Quarterly Training, Boulder Police Department. “Court Room Testimony presentation re: Murder of Susan Chase”
2013 Denver District Attorney’s Office. “Cross Examination”
2013 Office of the State Court Administrator, Faculty Member. Advanced New Judge Orientation – “Sentencing Considerations”
2013 International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators / Rocky Mountain Chapter. “Scaling the Mountains of Fraud” training presentation.
2013 Jefferson County Citizen’s Academy presentation. “The Defense Perspective”
2014 Jefferson County New Detectives’ training. “View from the Defense: Welcome to the Jungle”
2014 State Court Administrators New Judges’ Orientation. “What Happens in the Courtroom at Sentencing”
2014 Sungate Child Advocacy Center presentation
2014 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Vehicle Crimes Training Seminar presentation, Glenwood Springs, CO (sponsored by Arapahoe County)
2014 Jefferson County District Attorneys’ Citizen Academy presentation
2015 Ralston House presentation. “A View from the Dark Side – A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective”
2015 18th Judicial District Attorney & Douglas County Sheriff Courtroom Training. “Defense Perspective”
2016 Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office presentation “Major Case Course”