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Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Nikea Bland
My name is Nikea Bland, and I was raised in Richmond, Virginia. After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond, I worked as a youth counselor for at-risk children. These children had been adjudicated delinquent and were removed from their homes. During my time working with these kids, I was horrified by their lack of understanding. Most of them didn’t know how the criminal process worked, didn’t know what they plead guilty to, and didn’t understand why there were taken away from their homes. What surprised me was their parents didn’t understand the criminal process or court system either. This is when I decided I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney. Learn more about why Nikea wanted to become a criminal defense lawyer.
the confusion of the kids I worked with.
My experience working with children who had been adjudicated inspired me to attend law school. I attended the University of Colorado – School of Law in Boulder, Colorado and received my Juris Doctor in 2005. During my time in school, I participated in the Legal Aid and Defender Program. This legal defense program is dedicated to serving less-fortunate people in Colorado who are accused of crimes, dealing with civil rights violations, and facing eviction. This experience led me to an internship at the Denver Public Defender’s Office.
While attending law school, I also gave my time to community service and advocacy. I was a member of the winning team in the 2005 Rothgerber Moot Court Competition. I also represented CU in national competitions. I also served as president for the Black Law Students Association and in this capacity, organized community projects and fundraiser for the purpose of enriching the law school experience for students. I also organized mentoring and outreach programs.
Serving as a Public Defender
After completing my law degree, I began working as a Public Defender in the Denver Trial Office. Here, I fought zealously for my clients who were not able to hire an attorney. I handled many different kinds of As a public defender, I fought zealously for my clients who weren’t able to afford an attorneycriminal cases, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases, Theft, Sexual Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Trespassing, drug charges, First Degree Murder, and many more crimes in Adams, Douglas, and Jefferson County. I also represented juveniles who had been charged with minor offenses, such as tagging (graffiti), as well as serious charges. During my time as a public defender, I was awarded the prestigious Lowery Kelley Memorial Trial Advocacy Award for my service.
I have a heart for defending people who are accused of crimes, and I fight zealously for their rights and freedom.
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- Colorado, 2005
- Winner, Rothgerber Moot Court Competition , 2005
- Lowery Kelley Memorial Trial Advocacy Award, 2006
- Arapahoe County Bar Association Mock Trial Program: Attorney Coach, William Smith High School, 2007 – present
Serving as a Criminal Defense Attorney
After working for 5 years as a public defender, I began working as a private criminal defense attorney. Shortly after, I found a firm that shares my ideology and beliefs here at the O’Malley Law Office. As a private Protecting the future of my clients is my first priority in a criminal case.criminal defense lawyer in Larimer, Arapahoe, and El Paso County, I am able to focus on the defense of each of my clients – their future is my number one priority. I work hard to ensure that my clients understand the crimes they have been charged with. I talk with them to make sure they understand the consequences and nature of the offense they are facing. As we go through the discovery together, we decide on the best game plan to achieve the best possible outcome in their case. Sometimes the best outcome is to take a case to trial. I have over 60 successful jury trials in Colorado. Sometimes, I evaluate plea deals and make sure my client understands the consequence and benefits of accepting a plea deal.