Timothy R. Bussey

For over 25 years, Timothy R. Bussey has built a reputation as one of Colorado’s top criminal defense attorneys. He has served in the U.S Air Force, is a nationally published author on legal strategies, and is highly rated by top legal organizations for his experience, professional achievements and ethical standards.


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About Timothy R. Bussey

Why has Mr. Bussey chosen criminal defense? Criminal charges put the accused in a position of vulnerability, and in most cases the person charged has little choice but to put trust in defense counsel’s diligence and loyalty. Mr. Bussey takes pride in fulfilling that trust. Likewise, criminal defendants often find the deck is stacked against them. This puts a lawyer’s wits and dedication to a satisfying test.

Education & Certifications

Mr. Bussey graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Business, in 1988, majoring in Finance. He received the Air Force ROTC Scholarship and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In 1991, Mr. Bussey graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. He was admitted to Illinois Bar in 1991 and to the Colorado Bar in 1994.

Timothy Bussey has earned the ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation in the state of Colorado. He is also certified to operate and maintain the Intoxilyzer 5000, is a certified NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor, and is certified in Forensic Chromatography.

Mr. Bussey is nothing if not energetic. Despite the demands of a busy law practice, he enjoys making time for his family and coaching his kids’ junior basketball teams.

Areas of Practice:

Mr. Bussey’s more than two decades practicing in different capacities within the field of criminal law makes him highly effective in what has ultimately become his chosen mission: counseling the accused. Mr. Bussey can protect your rights in the areas of:

Awards & Memberships

As a result of his dedication to the practice of criminal defense law, Timothy Bussey has been recognized by professional organizations through awards and high ratings. The selection process usually involves independent research, peer nominations and industry recognition. These awards include a “Top 100” rating by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a “10 Superb” rating by Avvo and being selected as a “Top Attorney in Colorado” by the Denver Post.

In addition, Mr. Bussey has achieved membership into some of the most prestigious legal organizations in the country. Membership to these organizations is only extended to those top attorneys in the nation who pass a rigorous selection process. These include membership into The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers®, The National College for DUI Defense, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is an appointed Colorado State Ambassador by the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Bussey has also achieved Senior Fellow status in the Litigation Counsel of America.

National Published Author

Timothy Bussey is a national published author who has provided readers with proven legal strategies for success. In his books, Mr. Bussey analyzes how to interweave witness testimony to build an effective defense and offers necessary guidance for helping clients understand the key issues that arise during a DUI case.

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In the News & Press

Mr. Bussey has been featured on several news stations including KWGN News 2 to discuss breaking news on the Denver DUI testing scandal, KRDO News 13 to discuss possible DUI lab test tampering, and KOAA News 5 to discuss the use of laser gun technology for radar ticketing.

In addition, Mr. Bussey has been featured in Colorado Springs Style magazine’s 2016 Top Attorneys issue and Colorado Springs Top Attorneys issue, and was a featured attorney in Super Lawyers Magazine.


Past Employment Positions

  • Air Force, Second Lieutenant, 1988
  • United States Air Force, Judge Advocate on Active Duty, 1991
  • Peterson Air Force Base, Active Duty Judge Advocate, 1992
  • Office of the Area Defense Counsel (ADC), Peterson Air Force Base, Area Defense Counsel, 1994 – 1995
  • Office of the District Attorney, Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties), Deputy District Attorney
  • Teller County Office, Cripple Creek, Colorado, Sole Deputy District Attorney

Legal Education

Mr. Bussey is a requested speaker at local and state Continuing Legal Education seminars and meetings. He is the lawyer other lawyers request when they need to learn innovative trial tactics and techniques. On a national level, Mr. Bussey spoke at the American Chemistry Society National Meeting in 2011, and is a Forensic Expert Trainer at Trial Skills University. In addition, Mr. Bussey has participated in the following Continuing Legal Education Seminars/Conferences:


Graduated from Acclaimed Trial Lawyer’s College

July 10-14, 2014

AQAAD – Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la Défense Scientific Evidence in Impaired Driving Cases, Canada


NCDD – National College for DUI Defense – (Faculty Member)

April 4-5, 2013

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar 2013 DUI Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado | brochure

July 2013-2005

NCDD – National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA | 2013 brochure

March 21-23,/22-24

NCDD – Mastering Scientific Evidence – National College for DUI Defense, New Orleans, LA

February, 2012

Cross Examination and Impeachment with Terrence MacCarthy, Florida

March 23 – 24, 2012

NACDL – Forensic Science and the Law, National Association for Criminal Lawyers, Las Vegas, Nevada


NCDD – National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session, Orlando, FL


CCDB – “Challenging DUI Blood Tests”, Speaker, Colorado Springs, CO

June, 2011

Forensic Chromatography III, Axion Laboratories, Chicago, IL


National Meeting, “Colorado state crime laboratory: What went wrong?” American Chemical Society, Chemistry and the Law Session, Denver, CO – (Speaker)


Mastering Scientific Evidence, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, New Orleans, LA


NHTSA/IACP, Sobriety Testing Instructor Course, Platt and Associates


NCDD – Mastering Scientific Evidence – Texas Bar

Dec. 4-7, 2008

Blood and Urine Training Seminar, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia


Mastering Scientific Evidence, National College for DUI Defense/Texas Defense Lawyer’s Association, Dallas, Texas

Jan. 19-20, 2007

NCDD – National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session, Tucson, AZ

Nov. 19-21, 2004

Breath Alcohol Operator Forensic Workshop, IFRI – International Forensic Research Institute Florida International University, CES Consulting, West Palm Beach, Florida

May 2-5, 2001

Not Guilty – Making it Happen, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Spring Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas


Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Summer Meeting, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Nov. 3-6, 1999

Lawyering on the Edge: Pushing the Limits Of Aggressive Advocacy, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois

Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 1999

DWI Means Defense With Ingenuity, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Las Vegas, Nevada

There is no time to waste!

While the prosecution is building a criminal case against you, a friend or a loved one, you need to be building your defense. Contact attorney Timothy Bussey right now for a FREE, no obligation consultation. You have rights, make sure you have Mr. Bussey on your side protecting them.