Bruce Brown has served as the elected District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District since 2013. During his tenure, Brown has been dedicated to victims’ services and a renewed focus on juvenile diversion, emphasizing principles of restorative justice and crime prevention.
Strong relationships between the District Attorney and local law enforcement, of which there are seventeen departments throughout the Fifth Judicial District, are critical to the success of Brown’s office. Recent noteworthy cases that have emphasized these cooperative relationships include the successful prosecution of a heroin distributor whose sale ended in the overdose death of an Avon resident, lengthy prison sentences for individuals involved in a home invasion robbery of an elderly woman in Basalt, and a thirty-five year prison sentence for an arsonist who set a fire that endangered multiple lives in Edwards.
During the 2014 legislative session, Brown’s testimony facilitated the passage of a new law extending a form of Jessica’s Law, which enhances penalties for sex offenders. Brown has also advocated in favor of future enactments which would allow for habitual DUI offenders to face felony prosecution.
Passionately committed to obtaining justice for crime victims, while constantly aware of the rights and protections afforded to those who have been charged with crimes, Brown’s balanced background of working on both sides of the criminal justice system give him a unique perspective among prosecutors in Colorado.
Bruce Brown began his legal career after earning his Juris Doctorate from Whittier College of Law in 1986, after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1983.
Brown brings a diverse knowledge of the legal field to his role as the District Attorney, working as a Deputy Public Defender in the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office from 1996 to 1990, and then entering private practice emphasizing criminal trials. He has also worked extensively on complex litigation on both the state and federal levels, and practiced before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal and both Colorado and California Appellate Courts.