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AREAS OF PRACTICE

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Civil rights, including: oExcessive force (police brutality); oPrisoners’ rights; oDeliberate indifference; oFirst Amendment; oEmployment discrimination; oRacial discrimination; oNational origin discrimination; oGender discrimination; and oAge discrimination. Criminal defense, including: oFelony drug charges; oSexual assault; oSexual assault on a child; oMurder and homicide; oChild abuse; oDUI. oBurglary. oRobbery.     Personal injury, including oCar accidents; oWrongful death; oSlip and fall; oMedical malpractice.

CIVIL RIGHTS

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Successfully representing four employees ofa municipal transit system in a racial discrimination claim against the company that managed the system.
Successfully prosecuting a claim against a southern Colorado county undersheriff for excessive force when he falsely arrested my client and threw him into a jail cell where he was beaten by several Department of Corrections inmates with whom the undersheriff had made a prior arrangement for the beating. The arrest and beating were the result of the undersheriff’s grudge against the client.
Taking on the Garfield County Sheriff and the jail’s contracted health care provider in a suit alleging deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of my client.

CRIMINAL CASES

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In January, 2011, a Fremont County District Court returned a not guilty verdict on all counts of sexual assault on a child after a five-day trial, savingmy client from a possible life sentence to the Department of Corrections.
In March, 2012, in a felony drug casewhere my client was facing a mandatory prison sentence if convicted, I obtained an order from a Pueblo District Court judge agreeing with me that the arresting officer violated my client’s fourth amendment right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure. The judge threw out all evidence against my client and dismissed the case.
In February, 2004, in the case of the People v. Jim Bishop, a Custer County jury returning a verdict of not guilty on all 18 counts, including fifteen felony charges. Jim Bishop is famously known as “The Castle Builder” for his lifelong project, Bishop’s Castle, outside of Rye, Colorado.
In 2001, a Pueblo jury finding my client notguilty of sexual assault. What made this case unusual was that DNA linked our client to the sex act.
In January, 2012, a Chaffee County jury returning a verdict of not guilty on all counts in a DUI case. What made this case unique is that I was this client’s fourth attorney and the only one willing to go to trial.
In October, 2009, successfully defending a substitute teacher accused in Pueblo County Court of child abuse for allegedly assaulting a student. I filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that my client had immunity under Colorado law from prosecution and that he used reasonable and appropriate force. After an extensive evidentiary hearing, including extensive testimony from school district personnel, the court granted the motion and dismissed the case.
In September, 2007, successfully defending a Fremont County bar owner when a jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts. My client was charged with a violation of the Colorado Indoor Clean Air Act for allegedly permitting a customer to smoke in her bar.
In June, 2010, successfully petitioning the Pueblo District Court toterminate lifetime supervision of a sex offender client.
In June, 2007, a Fremont County jury finding our client not guilty on all counts in a domestic violence case.
In April, 2003, a Pueblo jury returning a verdict of not guilty where our client, a licensed day-care provider, was charged with one count of Child Abuse Resulting in Injury, with the alleged victim being one of her day-care children.
In 2002, a Pueblo jury finding our client notguilty of first degree murder, and guilty of a lesser included count of second degree murder, thereby avoiding a mandatory life sentence (without parole).
In 2001, a Pueblo District Court judge found that there was no probable cause to believe my client had committed sexual assault on a child (mandatory lifetime supervision if convicted), and dismissed the case against him.

Portfolio in Blocks

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Client Testimonials

  • We very seldom have the opportunity to thank those who have impacted our lives. When someone gives you a “second chance” that person will forever be a part of your future. For our family that person is Mr. Matthew Scott Martin. Mr. Martin represented my son in a case that truly was a matter of life and death. We (my son and I) my put our faith, our lives and our future in Mr. Martin’s hands. We are here today due to the perseverance and dedication of Matthew Scott Martin. Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you. Someone that will fight for what you know is the truth. That person is Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin is a dynamic and dedicated attorney. His perseverance and dedication are becoming legendary in Southern Colorado. The day that I contacted Mr. Martin will be forever etched in my mind. He responded immediately (it was on a Sunday) and by the following Monday my heart was at ease. When you have one of the best you have public officials tell you that you attorney is “bad ass’. It is then that you know that you have best.

    Virginia Chacon
    Client

  • It is with great pleasure that I recommend Matthew Martin. He has represented me twice with outcomes in my favor. He has proven to be intelligent, hard working, and responsible. I very enthusiastically recommend him for any legal representation matter. His professional knowledge and judgment are excellent. He shows great competence and skill in his client/court interactions, and does not hesitate to ensure all matters are addressed thoroughly. His ethical conduct is above reproach, and he is well regarded by his colleagues. In summary, Matthew Martin is conscientious, caring, and intelligent. I give him my highest possible recommendation. He is constantly striving to give competent advice, and ensures proper action is taken. I am absolutely convinced that he will succeed in any situation that is put before him, and I recommend him to you without any reservation.

    John Lucero
    Client

  • This is a testimonial about the great job that Matt Martin did back in 2002, in my defense. I was falsely accused of 18 criminal counts as a result of an incident at Bishop Castle, in August of the same year. Matt Martin was highly recommended and I hired him to defend me. The case went to trial and the jury ruled not guilty on all charges. Thank you very much, Matt Martin!

    Jim Bishop
    castle builder

  • I have had the pleasure and honor of knowing and working with Attorney Matthew Martin over the course of seventeen years. I have had the opportunity to work with him as an expert witness for patients that were involved in motor vehicle collisions as well as the fact that I retained him as my attorney in a nasty “managed care” contract dispute. Many lawyers will advertise that they will “fight for your rights” but over the years I have seen many of these attorneys that I refer to as “paper tigers” ready to settle “out of court” on cases that had merits and should have been litigated. The real work for attorneys begins when they have to represent the client in court. Many of these paper tigers take the easy way out and make the “easy money” by taking out of court settlements that are not always in the best interest of their clients. This is not how Mr. Martin operates. I personally witnessed how he took on powerful high priced Insurance Company Attorneys in my contract case that lasted over three years. Mr. Martin did the hard work necessary to prove that the managed care contract was vague and confusing and ultimately we prevailed in court. Many other attorneys would not have touched this case. Mr. Martin won it. I am proud to say that Mr. Martin is my attorney and I would use him again if the need arose. He is a real trial attorney not a “paper tiger.”

    Tano E. Welch D.C.
    A & A CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LLC