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Chris Ponce

Chris Ponce, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice law before all Colorado county and district courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado, and United States District Court. Mr. Ponce’s focus is criminal justice, defense, and litigation.

Prior to joining Hampton & Pigott in January 2021, Mr. Ponce spent from 2015 to 2021 serving as a prosecuting attorney for the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Weld County, Colorado, and then at the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Jefferson County, Colorado. As a prosecutor, he has handled cases ranging from minor traffic citations all the way up to violent crimes such as first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and sexual assault. Throughout his career as a prosecutor, he has advised local law enforcement on the legality and propriety of obtaining search and arrest warrants, productions of records, and subpoenas; he has served as the legal advisor to detectives and investigators for ongoing investigations of serious crimes; and he has trained prosecutors and police officers in the techniques of investigating and prosecuting impaired driving and related crimes. Mr. Ponce’s prosecutions have received media attention by the local as well as national news outlets. He has over 45 cases to verdict and maintains a winning record.

Mr. Ponce attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he obtained his juris doctorate in 2014. Prior to studying law, he attended Colorado Christian University. At CCU, he was named president of the university’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society; he completed the reserve officer’s training corps program of Colorado University; and he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Mr. Ponce also spent years of service in the United States Army and the Wyoming Army National Guard, from which he was discharged honorably at the rank of captain in 2018. During his time in the Army he served a tour in Iraq during the Obama administration (2007 – 2008), and he was an awarded recipient of the “Green to Gold” scholarship, which led to his later commissioning as a second lieutenant in 2012.

You may find that perhaps the most intriguing detail about Mr. Ponce’s life is the fact that he grew up as a child in a trailer house in a poor community, with dysfunction and alcoholism as a part of daily life. He had first hand exposure to the effects of alcoholism on family and in the community, to the deleterious effects of drugs on a community, and to racism. He understands better than most how an impoverished minority can escape the cycle of violence, of drugs, of alcohol, and of social obstacles.

When not practicing law, Mr. Ponce enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, running, gravel cycling, and writing and playing music.

In the Media

Learn MoreLearn More Officer Convicted After Train Hits Patrol Car With Handcuffed Woman Inside A Colorado police officer was found guilty of two misdemeanors.
Learn MoreLearn More After cop car hit by train with woman inside, judge says officer took 'unjustifiable risk' "She's going to be dealing with her recovery for her whole life," Christopher Ponce, an attorney representing Rios-Gonzalez, told USA TODAY.
Learn MoreLearn More Verdict reached in trial against Colorado police officer The officer was found guilty of leaving a cuffed suspect in a patrol car, which was then hit by an oncoming train.
Learn MoreLearn More Officer found guilty of misdemeanors, but acquitted of felony “Ms. Rios respects the verdict in this case against Ms. Steinke and believes that justice was done,” Rios’ attorney, Chris Ponce, told CNN.
Learn MoreLearn More Officer who put suspect in car hit by train found guilty of reckless endangerment Rios-Gonzalez later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor menacing, said one of her lawyers, Chris Ponce.

Case Results

Criminal Law

Type Date County Case Result
Criminal Law Dec 2021 Jefferson Harassment Domestic Violence DISMISSED
Criminal Law Mar 2021 Jefferson Possession of Drug Paraphernalia DISMISSED
Criminal Law Mar 2021 Jefferson Domestic Violence Harassment and Criminal Mischief DISMISSED
Criminal Law Apr 2021 Adams Trespassing DEFERRED PROSECUTION with no conditions
Criminal Law May 2021 Weld DUI with high blood alcohol level PLEA TO DWAI with no jail
Criminal Law Jun 2021 Clear Creek Child abuse DISMISSED
Criminal Law Jun 2021 Boulder Harassment DISMISSED
Criminal Law Jun 2021 Weld Protection Order Violation (Domestic Violence) DISMISSED
Criminal Law Sep 2021 Denver DUI DISMISSED
Criminal Law Jun 2022 Weld Harassment (Domestic Violence) DISMISSED
Criminal Law Sep 2022 Arapahoe Harassment Dismissed
Criminal Law Sep 2022 Arapahoe Criminal Mischief Dismissed
Criminal Law Dec 2022 Jefferson Domestic Violence Felony Strangulation Dismissed

Civil Cases

Type Date County Case Result
Civil Rights Apr 2022 State of Colorado Police Misconduct $400,000 settlement for client
Personal Injury Jul 2022 Larimer Civil Battery $25,000 settlement for client
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