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Law Firm for Lake County Residents and Visitors: Whitaker & Penix, LLC

Lake County is one of the most stunning regions of Colorado, home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the state. The region offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and is a premier destination for tourists. Locals enjoy a special lifestyle, away from the bustle and stress of modern life. The county has a population of 7,436 as of 2020. Lake County covers only 377 square miles. The rugged peaks of the continental divide defines the western boundary of arguably one of the most stunning regions in America.

Leadville, CO

Leadville, the County seat of Lake County, is at an elevation of 10,152 feet. The city has the distinction of being the city with the highest elevation in the USA. Turquoise Lake is located on the edge of town, an ideal place for boating, kayaking, and fishing. While the waters are sparkling, clean, and blue, the lake was not named for the water, but after the Pilot Mountain Turquoise mine, established in 1930, which still produces some of the most sought-after turquoise.

Twin Lakes, CO

Twin Lakes is nestled at the foot of some of the state’s highest peaks, a charming historical village with a local population of a mere 196 residents. The area attracts many visitors for fishing, boating, and winter snowmobiling, or to photograph some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery.

The Lake County Justice Center is in Leadville, where locals and visitors who have been arrested and charged with a range of offenses are ordered to appear. The Lake Combined Courts handled the following legal matters:

  • 72 criminal cases
  • 90 large civil cases
  • 212 small civil cases
  • 43 divorce cases
  • 46 juvenile cases
  • 20 probate cases
  • 175 misdemeanors
  • 199 traffic cases

Whitaker & Penix, LLC: Your Lake County Lawyer

At Whitaker & Penix, LLC, our legal team serves residents and visitors in Lake County in a range of legal matters. Our practice areas include:

  • Criminal defense: When arrested and charged with a crime in Lake County, you need to ensure you are represented by a criminal defense lawyer with experience. Attorney Kylie Whitaker is a former criminal prosecutor and assistant district attorney, with extensive trial experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system. Attorney Ehren Penix is a former criminal prosecutor and talented litigator.
  • DUI: DUI offenses are heavily punished in Colorado. Our firm defends DUI cases, including first-time misdemeanors to repeat offenders who are treated even more harshly.
  • Divorce: If you live in Lake County and are planning to divorce, you want to ensure you are represented by a talented divorce lawyer that will do everything legally possible to achieve your personal goals, and who will protect your rights in matters of child support, child custody, property division, and other issues.
  • Traffic offenses: You have the right to fight a traffic offense, including DUI, speeding, reckless driving, or any traffic offense that could lead to fines, license suspension, or jail time. Our firm is committed to helping clients pursue the most favorable outcome in a range of traffic violations.
  • Trusts, estates, probate: Whitaker & Penix, LLC offers professional counsel in a range of estate law matters, including establishing several types of trusts, estate planning, and probate.
  • Personal injury cases: When an act of negligence leads to a severe injury, you have the right to pursue compensation for damages from the responsible party. If you were injured in an accident while visiting Lake County, you need a local attorney to manage your case and help you seek justice.

Law Enforcement in Lake County, CO

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Leadville Police Department oversee enforcement in Lake County, but face some specific challenges, including the fact that without a jail in the county, the logistics of booking arrests is more time-consuming and complex. Once arrested, an accused person is transported to jails in other areas in Colorado.

The Lake County Jail, located in the Lake County Courthouse, was closed in 2019. This situation is not only placing more stress on law enforcement who are tasked with transporting detainees, but causes difficulties for the accused, who will be transported to another facility before trial. If you have been arrested and charged and need an attorney to help protect your rights and freedoms, connect with Whitaker & Penix, LLC at (970) 368-0602 immediately.