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Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

We are committed to helping our clients through every step of the process by being available to answer any questions.

If you have been accused of or charged with a crime in Colorado, you may be facing significant penalties. A conviction could mean months or years of jail time, probation, and thousands of dollars in fines. It also comes with a stigma that can drastically impact your employment opportunities, family life, and future.

You need an experienced attorney on your side to protect your freedom and your reputation.

At the Chadderdon Law Firm we understand the devastating impact a criminal conviction can have on your life. We will do everything in our power to get the charges against you reduced or even dismissed so that you can move forward with your life.

Call today so that we may begin building a defense on your behalf.

Why Choose the Chadderdon Law Firm?

  • Lead attorney Susan Chadderdon is a former prosecutor and has a deep understanding of how the state approaches and prosecutes cases. This allows her to build strong defenses for her clients and anticipate what evidence and accusations the other side may bring.
  • Susan is a fierce trial attorney and is always ready to go to trial on behalf of her clients.
  • We understand that people make mistakes, but you deserve the highest quality legal reputation when your liberty is at stake.
  • We care about our clients. We’ve seen first hand the devastation that the criminal justice system can bring on people’s lives. This drives us to work tirelessly for our clients and fight for the best possible outcome.

How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help?

Facing criminal charges is not something most people are accustomed to. Your life and liberty is, quite literally, on the line and it can be a harrowing and frustrating experience. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you can make all the difference. Your attorney can help in many ways.

  1. A full understanding of the criminal justice system. Criminal law is extremely complex. There are significant differences in laws from state to state and even jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Your attorney will help you navigate those complexities, make sense of the charges against you, and help you through the entire process.
  2. Building your defense. The most important part of a criminal defense attorney’s job is building a defense for their clients. In some cases, a strong defense can lead to full dismissal or acquittal of charges. In others, it can lead to significantly reduced penalties such as jail time or fines.
  3. Negotiation. Especially in cases where dismissal is not possible, strong negotiation skills are extremely important in reducing the impact a potential conviction has on your life.

Private Attorney vs. Public Defender

In criminal cases, you have the option of choosing a public defender to represent you. While there are many very good public defenders in Colorado, the reality is they are very often saddled with a heavy caseload. For this reason, they are not typically able to devote the time and attention to cases that a private attorney can. Private attorneys can limit the number of cases they take, allowing them to be fully invested in each and every client they represent.

Call Today For a Free Consultation

If you are facing criminal charges in Colorado, you need legal representation as soon as possible. Call (719) 299-3599 for a free and confidential case evaluation. If you retain our services, we will evaluate your situation and get to work immediately to protect your liberty.

Meet the Attorney

Susan was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating cum laude and a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Following in her father’s footsteps, Susan decided to pursue a career in the legal field. She attended California Western School of Law where she focused on criminal and immigration law.

Returning to Colorado Springs, she accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney with the Fourth Judicial District. She immediately began to excel at aggressive litigation and trial work, and was quickly moved to the elite Special Victims Unit, where she prosecuted sexual assault, child abuse and homicide cases. Susan developed a reputation as a fierce trial attorney and routinely did more trials than any other attorney in her office. Through her time as a prosecutor, Susan saw first-hand how serious, and often times devastating, an impact the criminal legal system can have on a person’s life.

Susan understands people make mistakes, and because of her experience she is uniquely qualified and skilled at handling cases when people’s liberty is at stake. Susan now continues to be an aggressive litigator and trial attorney representing people who unfortunately find themselves facing criminal charges.


Susan helped me get my drivers license back after almost 10 years. She is knowledgeable and a go-getter. I would recommend Susan to everyone.

John F.

Susan is professional, experienced, and friendly. Impressive in court. She always called me back, and helped me through a really tough time in my life.

Elizabeth R.

I’ve known Susan professionally for nearly a decade. She is a skilled and tenacious lawyer who isn’t afraid to stand up for her clients.

Matthew C.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire you?

As a former prosecutor, I know how the state tries to put together charges and how police investigate cases. I have done over 100 jury trials in my career and know all the tricks the state will try to use. Because of this, I am uniquely qualified to defend you when your liberty and freedom are at stake. If you hire me, I will fight tirelessly for you and your case.

What do you do as a criminal defense lawyer?

I will help you get through what is no doubt one of the scariest and most challenging times in your life. I will work closely with you to find the best possible outcome for your case, whether that means working to get evidence suppressed, a plea, or trial. I will navigate you through the system until we get the very best result possible.

Do I need a lawyer?

The Colorado Revised Statutes are large and complicated and constantly changing. In order to get a good result, you have to have an extremely detailed understanding of these rules as well as the Colorado Rules of Evidence. Without an experienced and qualified lawyer you run the risk of making a mistake or letting the state take advantage of you. When your future and freedom are at stake, it is critical to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer.