Dana received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Dana is admitted to the Colorado State Bar, the California Bar and the United States District Court in the State of Colorado.
Dana’s experience in criminal defense includes the representation of thousands of clients for offenses ranging from traffic, alcohol/drug offenses to homicides. Dana has practiced criminal law for over 20 years, has tried over 100 jury trials, including first degree murder, money laundering, and sexual assault on children. Prior to the founding of her firm, Dana was a partner of Casper & Rodarte, LLC. Prior to entering private practice, Dana was a Deputy State Public Defender in Arapahoe, Elbert and Lincoln Counties. Dana also worked in Riverside, California as a Public Defender. Currently, Dana practices extensively in both state and federal court.
Dana front-ends all cases, whether it be a traffic offense or a violent crime, and treats and defends all her clients with the same vigilance and dedication they deserve. Front ending a case means investigating a case at its inception and compiling mitigation regarding her clients. Dana understands that while a client may only be charged with a DUI, that may be the most significant event in that client’s life and she will give that client the same attention she would give a client who is charged with a more serious crime.
With juvenile cases, Dana is able to form the trust and confidence of both the juvenile and parents. Juvenile practice is specialized area of law. There is a distinction between the role of parent and attorney. A parent’s role is to hold their child accountable for their behavior while the role of an attorney is to protect the child’s legal rights in court. The legal system can impose severe sanctions on a child. Dana encourages parents to hold the child accountable for behavior while protecting the child from criminal consequences.
When Dana meets a client, she focuses on what is in the best interests of the client and the ultimate goal concerning his or her case. Do they want to fight the case? Do they want to accept responsibility and pursue a favorable plea? Depending the direction a client wants to proceed, Dana works with them regarding any mental health issues, alcohol/drug issues, boundary issues and counsels them about what they need to do in order to obtain a favorable plea bargain.