Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

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Christian Schwaner - A Former Prosecutor Who Knows The System

Get A Former Prosecutor With Over 20 Years of Experience On Your Side

I am a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer and experienced criminal defense attorney who gets results. I have the experience to defend you against the following serious felony and misdemeanor charges:

  • DUI or DWAI including marijuana DUIs, breathalyzer and blood tests, DUI penalties, probationary licenses, DMV hearings, and Military personnel who receive DUI’s
  • Violent crimes – such as assault, Menacing and vehicular assault
  • Property crimes theft, burglary, and home invasion
  • Drug Charges including Possession and Distribution
  • Domestic violence charges such as child abuse, menacing, harassment, stalking, and restraining order violations
  • Other criminal issues that receive my attention include weapons possession, military crimes, and juvenile cases.

To get started please fill out the contact form or call me at (719) 577-9700

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Call us now at (719) 577-9700 or fill out the form below and Attorney Christian Schwaner will personally contact you as soon as possible.

What My Clients Say

“Hey Christian, I just wanted to send my thanks for you for all the legal counseling and the help you gave me through probably the worst year of my life. I got out of metro a couple of days ago and now I’m just glad I can put this all behind me. A year is far too long to be worrying. As of now I am taking the GRE in November and hope to start grad school next fall. Anyways, thank you again; I couldn’t have done it without you.”
– Josh P.
“Christian, I want to thank you very much for representing me during this time of error in judgement. You were supportive in every way. I appreciate your patience on the payments…My stay at work release was any eye opener but I know I have it behind me and I will continue to get through this. I have a great family, wonderful and helpful friends, and most of all a GREAT, understanding attorney!”

– Tammy

“Christian – we just wanted to say thank you and let you know how much it means to us that you would help us out by taking James’ case. It is nice to know that people really do care! You will never know how much you have helped take the stress off us – and that means the world to both of us. James has worked so hard getting done what he is supposed to and to have this added mess is hard to deal with – but with your help it will be easier to bear. Thanks again.”

– James & Kelli

“Dear Christian, I just wanted to say thank you for all your exception legal help through this past year. There have been some difficult lessons learned, costly mistakes made, but overall resulted in a positive outcome thanks to you. I can’t thank you enough for your efforts in my case. I am about 2 months away from completeing all requirements and being put on unsupervised probation. I could not have done this without you man.”

– Gary T.

6 Reasons to Choose Schwaner Law, P.C.


I'm an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor who knows the system and has been practicing here in Colorado Springs for my entire career.


Unlike other DUI lawyers, I personally answer the phone at my firm and don’t let my staff screen calls. Call me and I can Help.


Your current situation doesn’t need to define you. We do this every day and you will be in understanding capable hands with our firm.


My firm is small enough to make you a priority but still experienced enough to help you get the best possible result.


I will educate you on what to expect on the pathway to your best possible outcome with compassion and guidance.


In addition to experienced representation, I will give you everything you can do to help me help you get the best outcome from this process.

Experienced DUI Lawyers Colorado Springs
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
National College for DUI Defense General Member

Practice Areas

Colorado regulates drunk driving more strictly than most states. Conviction for DUI (normally a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08 percent and above) can result in fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension, probation, installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your car, community service, alcohol education classes, and impoundment of your vehicle. Unlike most states, in Colorado, drivers whose BAC is even less than 0.08 percent can be charged with Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI).

In Colorado, driving under the influence of marijuana is prosecuted as a separate offense called “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs” (DUID). The so-called “marijuana DUI” has come into sharp public focus since the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado. Even when a blood test indicates that a driver‘s bloodstream holds more than the maximum legal amount of THC (5 ng/ml), Colorado law permits that a criminal defense lawyer is permitted to argue, based on the circumstances, that the defendant was not impaired despite the presence of 5ng/ml of THC in his bloodstream.

In Colorado, “domestic violence” is a label attached to an existing crime, such as harassment or stalking, that can be used to increase the severity of the sentence. This designation has been used as a political football in a way that can be unfair to the accused. The police cannot refrain from arresting the accused as long as probable cause is present. A restraining order must be automatically issued that could result in a second criminal charge if violated – even unintentionally. The prosecutor lacks the discretion to refrain from prosecuting as long as there is any chance at all of a conviction (making plea bargaining difficult).

Just about anyone convicted of a criminal offense risks indirect ramifications, including professional consequences. The risks for military personnel are particularly acute, however, especially for certain types of offenses.

I have represented many military personnel, and I am quite familiar with their special concerns. Not only can I defend my clients vigorously in court, but I can also advise my clients on whether or not it is necessary to report the arrest to a superior. Unfortunately, I cannot represent defendants in military courts.

Since plea bargaining involves an agreement to plead guilty in exchange for conviction of a lesser offense, it is obviously not the first choice for a criminal defendant. Nevertheless, it is sometimes the best option for a defendant who is in a difficult legal position. Prosecutors agree to plea bargains largely to rid their dockets of relatively weak cases that might result in an acquittal – after all, it takes a lot less time to agree to ask the judge to ratify a plea bargain than it does to proceed with a full-blown trial. A good plea bargain can be struck by an experienced DUI attorney in Colorado Springs with an eye for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and a talent for effective negotiation.

While many attorneys accept cases of all types, I have dedicated my career exclusively to the practice of criminal defense, with an emphasis on DUI defense.

Proven Results

Call a Former Prosecutor who Knows the System

As a Colorado Springs DUI Attorney, I approach each client’s case by providing a high level of personal attention, no matter how large or small your legal matter. I am a solo lawyer, which means that your representation will never be handed off to a less experienced associate attorney. You will always speak directly to me about your legal needs. I will personally provide your representation and answer your questions.

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Contact Me Today

Located in El Paso County, my downtown Colorado Springs law office is easily accessible from I-25 via the East Cimarron Street exit. My office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, I offer my clients free initial consultations that can be conducted at a police station or jail, if necessary, credit card payment options, and a convenient law office location, one block south of the El Paso County Courthouse. If you reach me from a jail or police station, and arrange to meet with you there.

Call our Colorado Springs criminal & DUI defense law firm today or fill out the contact form to get in touch with attorney Christian Schwaner.