Service Areas – Location Coverage
Laybourne Law Firm serves clients from Colorado Springs and the surrounding regions. Our mission is to provide first-rate client representation in a responsive and professional manner while advancing justice for the greater Colorado Springs community. Laybourne Law Firm envisions a Colorado Springs in which community members feel safe and confident knowing that, if they should encounter some legal problem, they have access to the highest quality representation possible delivered in a friendly, compassionate, confidential, and results-oriented manner. We provide clients with intelligent, compassionate, and highly effective legal representation in which respect, communication, and quality are understood. Laybourne Law Firm enjoys a flawless reputation in the legal community that is backed by a rich family tradition of legal expertise, top-quality education, excellent case results, and fiercely loyal clients.
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We are proud to have worked with clients from the following areas:
1. Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado, but it feels like a small town. It is a place where people know each other. The approach to achieving justice in this city has to start with knowledge of the judges and juries.
The judges are incredibly diverse in terms of their viewpoints and rulings on certain issues. It is surprisingly common for lawyers from out of town to feel lost and confused in Colorado Springs because the judges do things their own way. Experience counts when working in these courtrooms.
The jurors are interesting, too. Given that Colorado Springs is home to Fort Carson (an Army installation), Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Academy, and NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, you will have some type of military presence on your jury. The military has a certain way of doing things and such service gives people a certain viewpoint. You are also likely to have an engineer of some kind on the panel as well, since a large part of the local industry includes defense contractors and other high-tech companies.
Jurors in Colorado Springs tend to be conservative. Many large religious institutions are based in Colorado Springs. The best way to approach jurors in Colorado Springs is to focus on the constitutional basis for your case. For example, if you are a personal injury victim, it is important to stress that the founding of our country included a civil justice system. Similarly, if you are charged with a crime, you have to stress the constitutional protections for criminal defendants in the Bill of Rights.
Pueblo is a small city, and the families who live there tend to have been in the area for generations. It is a tight-knit community. The judges are no-nonsense, as they tend to have large dockets that make it imperative for them to move quickly through their cases. The prosecutors are fairer here than in other cities in Colorado. Jurors are less conservative than in Colorado Springs.
3. Cañon City
Cañon City is famous for its whitewater rafting, rock climbing and the nearby Arkansas River. It is also famous for windy, dangerous roads, which result in more than double the drunk driving fatality accident rate when compared to the state average.
Cañon City is a small town where people tend to know each other. This is an interesting place to practice law because their economy is based on the prisons located there. The judges and their rulings are all over the place. You just have to take what they say and do the best you can with it. The jurors tend to be rural, and they all know each other. It is hard to classify them one way or the other, so jury selection is vitally important here.
4. Teller County
Teller County is home to Woodland Park, Divide and Cripple Creek. We especially enjoy working in Teller County because both the scenery and the people are just beautiful. The mountains attract a diverse population. Your jurors will be casino workers (gambling is legal here), miners and people looking to get away from the big city of Colorado Springs. The police in Teller County are known to be terribly unfair, but the community knows it because they have experienced it. So the jurors are usually understanding of this fact. The judges in Teller County are usually from Colorado Springs, and they rotate periodically. The prosecutors are from the Colorado Springs office on temporary assignment.
5. El Paso County
El Paso County is the county that contains Colorado Springs. However, the county is much bigger and contains a lot of population that does not live in the actual city limits. The smaller cities of Monument, Green Mountain Falls, Fountain and Palmer Lake all have their own police departments. The cities of Widefield, Security, Cascade and Peyton rely on the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement.
These smaller cities and towns have rural populations and tend to have their own way of doing things. Peyton, for example, has its own court and justice systems, while most of the other towns rely on the El Paso County courts to handle cases.
These are the places where people tend to know each other. This can be a good or bad thing, depending. We have seen some extreme injustice result where one citizen of these small towns is able to exert official influence over another citizen for petty or personal reasons. However, the fact that a town is small can be helpful in resolving disputes amicably. The reason is that since people all know each other and have no choice but to attempt to get along, there is a more “neighborly” culture.
6. Fort Carson
The Fort Carson military installation is the economic life blood of the Pikes Peak Region. It is like its own little city. Certainly, there is a distinct culture that applies there, as it is North America’s premier military installation.
Claims for car accidents that take place on Fort Carson are handled in the El Paso County Courts. One thing that is vitally important is that if a federal employee causes the accident while the employee is working for the government, the claim is handled in a completely different way. The most important difference is that you only have two years to file your lawsuit, instead of three for a normal claim. Additionally, there is a formal claim filing system that you must comply with before you can even file your lawsuit.
For criminal cases that allegedly took place on Fort Carson, either the civilian system will prosecute or the military system will prosecute. If the civilian justice system is involved, misdemeanors are handled on Wednesdays during a special session of federal court that is held in Colorado Springs. For more serious crimes, the charges are brought in federal court in Denver.
Fort Carson does have its own police force, namely, the military police or “MPs.” These officers are usually less experienced than civilian police officers. This is good news if you are charged with a crime because the officers likely did not do as good an investigation as civilian police, leaving more holes in your case. However, if you are in a car accident on Fort Carson, the military police are not equipped to do the necessary accident investigation. Consequently, you should gather as much information as you are able to if you are injured in a car accident on Fort Carson.
7. Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base
The Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base are also under federal jurisdiction. So similar to Fort Carson, civilian accident claims are handled by the El Paso County Courts, with the caveat that claims involving federal employees during working hours are governed by the special claims process and the two-year statute of limitations.
These areas also have their own military police forces, similar to Fort Carson. Another important distinction is that these federal areas have some laws that are different from the areas outside their territory. For example, it is a common thing for tourists to leave their legal marijuana in their car when visiting the Air Force Academy to look around. While marijuana is legal in Colorado, these tourists receive a rude awakening when they are charged with federal marijuana possession because the Air Force Academy follows the federal rule where marijuana is illegal. And you should know that the Air Force Academy has strict entrance requirements, and the MPs will search your car before you allowed onto the Academy grounds.
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