Joe Henriksen

Good people make bad decisions and get caught up in the system. When that happens, it's imperative to seek counsel to fight for you. You deserve to have your story told and receive the best possible representation.

Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph B. Henriksen

I took a non-traditional route to practicing law. As the son of lawyers, I was introduced to criminal law at a young age through my Mother's course materials as she worked as a college professor teaching criminal justice. This experience sparked a life-long fascination with all things criminal law related.

Before joining Sawyer Legal Group, I worked as a linguist in the U.S. Navy and as a Deputy District Attorney for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln County. After serving both my country and state faithfully, I'm now dedicated to serving you and assisting with your legal needs.

Education and Experience

I graduated with a degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University. Following my graduation, I enlisted in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretative (CTI) where I worked as Persian Farsi linguist and achieved the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. While serving in the Navy I maintained a Top Secret security clearance, and received specialized training regarding linguistic and cyber operations.

Towards the end of my enlistment, I found myself yearning to return to criminal law. While still enlisted, I studied for and took the LSAT and was accepted to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During my time at law school, I became interested in litigation, reinforced my interest in criminal law, and was active in the law school's student veteran association.

Upon graduating law school, I was hired as a Deputy District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln County). Throughout my time as a Deputy District Attorney, I worked on thousands of cases, ranging in severity from traffic infractions to first degree murder. Additionally, I was heavily involved in the Problem Solving Court system, where individuals who have specific treatment needs such as mental health, addiction, and PTSD from military service are given appropriate treatment to solve the root problems driving their behavior.

Why I Became a Criminal Defense Lawyer

While working in the Problem Solving Court system, I was intrigued by the ability to provide specialized care to those who were in desperate need of it. Seeing how effective this approach was, I wanted to ensure that other people had the same opportunity for personalized treatment, versus the standard one-size-fits-all approach in the criminal justice system.

Everyone's life is different, with each person having different experiences. These experiences deeply affect people, and shape their lives. You deserve to have your case presented within the context of your life experiences, because that's what's fair. Representing you as the person, not the case number, is my highest priority.

I have an in-depth perspective on the criminal justice system in Colorado; I have worked both as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney throughout the state.


Practice Areas

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado 2018


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law - Juris Doctor, Denver, CO
  • Defense Language Institute - Associate of Arts, Monterey, CA
  • Southern Illinois University - Bachelor of Arts, Carbondale, IL

Today, I'm a criminal lawyer practicing all across Colorado's front range. If you've been charged with a criminal case I will fight on your behalf in the courtroom.

How I Will Help You Fight for Your Future

I will ensure your rights are upheld and that you have effective, genuine, and honest representation at all times. Regardless of where my representation leads, you will have a strong, experienced advocate in your corner.

Joe Henriksen's Case Results

  • Domestic Violence Harassment - Adams County - Diversion
  • Felony Menacing - Adams County - Dismissed
  • Animal Cruelty - Douglas County - Diversion
  • Theft - Denver Municipal Court - Deferred Judgement
  • Theft - Douglas County - Diversion
  • Obstructing a Peace Officer - Arapahoe County - Dismissed
  • Criminal Mischief - Adams County - Diversion
  • Child Abuse - Douglas County - Dismissed
  • 1st Degree Assault - Denver County - Deferred Judgement
  • Domestic Violence Assault - Douglas County - Dismissed
  • Domestic Violence Assault - Denver Municipal Court - Deferred Judgement
  • 2nd Degree Assault - Jefferson County - Dismissed
  • Pre-Charge Juvenile Unlawful Sexual Contact - Adams County - No Charges Filed
  • Unlawful Sexual Contact - Jefferson County - Deferred Judgement
  • Juvenile Sexual Exploitation of a Child - Broomfield County - Deferred Judgement Adjudication
  • Animal Cruelty - Broomfield County - Dismissed
  • Assault & Battery - Aurora Municipal - Unsupervised Deferred Judgement
  • 3rd Degree Assault Domestic Violence - Broomfield County - Diversion
  • Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft - Adams County - Probation Only / No Jail
  • Illegal Sports Betting (2 Counts) - Gilpin County - Deferred Judgment
  • Domestic Violence Harassment - Broomfield County - Dismissed
  • CCW Rights Reinstated - Denver County


  • Barbara C. Recommends Joe Henriksen

    Such a pleasure having this exceptionally polite professional handle my legal issue so smoothly. He was the best! Very courteous and always took my calls. Very quick response time. Absolutely would recommend Joe Henriksen.
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    Mr. Henriksen was a pleasure to work with.
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    Mr. Henriksen is an outstanding attorney who combines expertise with a caring approach. His attention to detail and dedication to my case was remarkable. Thanks to his efforts, I achieved a favorable outcome and am able to put this issue in the past. I highly recommend Mr. Henriksen for top-tier ...
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    Joe was an amazing attorney throughout my entire case.
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    Joe is incredible! Highly suggest using Joe. He is very professional, nice and truly cares about his clients. 5 out of 5!
  • Bethany C. Recommends Joe Henriksen

    My family is now safe and protected thanks to Joe. We were being harrassed daily. After keying my car and several threats to my family and no assistance, we were very emotional because we didn't know where to turn! Joe advised we request a TPO and we were granted the TPO. Joe helped us through th...
  • Ryan B. Recommends Joe Henriksen

    I was represented by Joe Henriksen. Since this was a first time offense, I was incredibly nervous about the whole situation. Joe held my hand through the whole process, calmed me down, and effectively answered any questions I had. I highly recommend him especially if you're a veteran.
  • Steven S. Recommends Joe Henriksen

    Joe was amazing to work with. His knowledge and professionalism was a huge relief. I had no idea how to navigate my issue and Joe was very reassuring and lead me through the whole process. He definitely decreased my stress and I would fully trust him representing me again. I would recommend worki...
  • AC Recommends Joe Henriksen

    Joseph Henriksen was very knowledgeable, helped guide us through the process, and had a positive outcome for us. He was welcoming, kind, and approachable. Great communicator and available for all our questions. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
  • Sanchez T. Recommends Joe Henriksen

    Joe and his legal team came through for my family and me. Truly blessed to have found them.