Terry O'Malley

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Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Terry O'Malley

If you have been charged with a crime, you are probably dealing with strong emotions about your upcoming court appearance. You are struggling with knowing how to choose a trustworthy lawyer to represent you in court. Here at the O'Malley Law Office, we strive to make your free consultation worthwhile.

You will leave with a thorough

overview of your case after your free consultation.

What to Expect from Me as Your Attorney

I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the Denver area. I practice in Denver, Adams, and Douglas County, and all across Colorado. If you are facing a criminal charge, it is vital to your future that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who has the skill to fight for the best outcome possible in your case. You want to work with someone who cares for you. I remain in contact with many of my former clients – even after their cases have closed.

First Call:

If you call the office to speak with me about charges you are facing, I will give you an honest overview of your situation, discuss what to expect, and how I would defend you in your case.

Initial Consultation:

Next, I will suggest that you come in for a free consultation. A criminal case has enormous implications in your life, and I believe we need to meet face-to-face to discuss your future. During our initial consultation, you need to ask yourself two main questions:

1.Am I treating you with respect and as a friend?

2.Do I have more experience and knowledge about your charges and the court system than other lawyers you have met?

Ask me difficult questions during our meeting. Make sure you get all the answers you want. After the meeting, don't rush to make a decision on who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. This is a big decision, so discuss it with your friends and family and sort through your emotions. Put yourself in the alleged victim's shoes, or the District Attorney's to determine how you want your lawyer to act. In order to put yourself in their position, it is helpful to understand their mindset. Here is a brief overview of the goals and mind of each player in a criminal case:

Terry O'Malley

Criminal Defense Lawyer

I have a passion for the truth, and fight hard for the rights and freedoms of my clients in the Denver area.


Practice Areas

100% Criminal Defense and Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1991
  • Kansas, 1992


Associations & Memberships


Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin The Players in a Criminal Case:

The Alleged Victim:

This is the person who has accused you of a crime. You may know this person, but they are not your friend. They have a bias against you. Our job as criminal defense attorneys is to find that bias. We do this by asking questions, such as:

  • What motivated this person to contact the police?
  • How can we coax this person to tell us the truth?

By identifying the motive (maybe they just want you in jail), and determining other factors in the way they think, we will be able to present your case with confidence to the jury.

Police Officers and Law Enforcement:

People believe police officers are their friends. They think they are looking for the truth. This isn't true. The police are trained to ask questions which will incriminate you. They are trained to act like your friend in order to keep you talking. Their motivation is usually a promotion or praise from other officers. Their goal is to convict you, and they will often misquote you after breaking down your defenses. They are not your friend, even though they may act like your friend. Everything you say is being sent to the prosecution.

District Attorney / Deputy District Attorney:

A District Attorney is the person who is hired to prosecute you. They are friends with police officers, and have worked with them many times before. The police give them cases to prosecute, so they have a bias towards law enforcement. District Attorneys won't believe anything you say to them regarding your innocence. They will work hard to convict you to appease the police and their supervisors. They want to win cases to gain encouragement from coworkers, and to get promotions. In fact, some DA offices have a dry eraser board where all the cases are listed, and what type of conviction was obtained. They are not your friend.


Judges and District Attorneys know each other because they work with each other every day. This is an enormous bias. Also, judges are voted into office and paid by the public, and District Attorneys also work for the people. Judges are worried about their jobs. They have a bias against you in many cases because they don't want to take unnecessary risks which will backfire on them later. If they let someone go who reoffends, their decision will be called into question. Judges want to be retained. They want to keep up their image. They are not your friend.

Probation, Clerks, and Pre-trial Workers:

People who work in courtrooms are around people all day who have been accused of crimes. You are just another case to them. You are one of thousands. Clerks work for the court, so they always protect the judge. They work all day long with District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys as well as the other court employees, so they will always side with the people they already know. Be careful what you say when you are around them – they report to the judge and DA about how you interact with them. They will smile and appear to be friendly, but they are not your friend.

Therapists and Counselors:

Therapists, counselors, and other evaluators are called “treaters.” They get referrals for their business from the courts and probation officers, so their motivation is to keep them happy. In most cases, treaters are told what to do by probation officers. They will be friendly, open, and kind, but they report everything you say to probation officers. They are not your friend.

Criminal Defense Attorney Terry O'Malley:

I have worked for many years in courtrooms in Arapahoe, Larimer, and Jefferson County. I don't trust District Attorneys because I know their motivation is to convict you, regardless of the truth. I know how they think, because I have been a criminal lawyer for over 25 years. Experience makes me better. My goal is to win. This is why people hire me. I get better results than other lawyers because I care about my clients, and I work harder than they do. I don't dabble in family law or bankruptcy like many lawyers do. Instead, I focus all my effort on criminal defense and knowing the law thoroughly. I meet personally with witnesses, I visit crime scenes, and I go the extra mile. I am more prepared than District Attorneys or police investigators, and I win cases. The way I get referrals is for you to tell your friends and family how much I helped you. I am the only friend you have in the justice system.

Get Help Now

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in the Denver area, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

Criminal Defense Attorney O'Malley's Case Results


  • Sexual Assault / Rape – Weld County (Greeley) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – Jefferson County – Not Guilty at Trial
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography  – Jefferson County (Golden)– Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Felony Drug Distribution – Boulder County (Boulder)– Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Rape and Sexual Assault  – Douglas County (Castle Rock) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Sexual Assault on a Child – Grand County (Hot Sulphur Springs) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Felony Assault on a Police Officer – Jefferson County (Golden) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Sexual Assault on a Child (3 Alleged Victims) – Adams County (Northglenn) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust – Park County (Fairplay) – Acquittal from Jury Trial
  • Assault in the First Degree on a Police Officer and Menacing– Adams County – Judgement of Acquittal During Trial


  • Volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission


  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust in Douglas County: Not Guilty at Trial
  • Attempted Unlawful Sexual Contact – Jefferson County (Golden) – Dismissed
  • Arson of Nursing Home – Jefferson County (Golden) – Dismissed
  • Theft of Drugs – Jefferson County (Golden) – Dismissed by District Attorney
  • Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust – Adams County (Brighton) – Not Guilty at Trial on all Counts
  • Domestic Violence – Douglas County (Castle Rock) – Dismissed by DA
  • Rape and Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust – Douglas County (Castle Rock) – Dismissed by DA
  • Domestic Violence against the Elderly – Douglas County (Castle Rock) – Dismissed by DA
  • Homicide (Murder) with a Deadly Weapon – Denver County (Denver) – Dismissed by District Attorney
  • 4th Degree Arson – Weld County (Greeley) – Dismissed by DA
  • Felony Drug Possession– Denver County (Denver) – Dismissed at Motions Hearing by Suppression of Evidence
  • Deregistration of Juvenile Sex Offender – Arapahoe County (Aurora)
  • Kidnapping and Rape (Sexual Assault) – Montrose County – Dismissed
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – Jefferson County – Dismissed
  • Sexual Assault on a Child by School Teacher – Douglas County (Castle Rock) – Charges not Filed
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child – Douglas County – Dismissed the Day of Trial

Get Help Now

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in the Denver area, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the top criminal defense lawyers at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future. Request a Free Consultation