Practice Specialties

Dedicated to Protecting People and Small Businesses from the Government

Areas of Practice

criminal defense

With so many activities considered criminal in Colorado and California you could find yourself in trouble with the law and not even know you did anything wrong.  No matter how you have come to find yourself facing criminal charges, Matthew Greife is completely committed to the ideal expressed in Brady v. Maryland which states that every individual deserves to have the best representation possible.  From the initial arrest to trial, I will be with you to protect your rights and challenge the government’s evidence every step of the way.  

Matthew Greife prides himself on challenging the government’s case by gathering evidence beyond the basic, and often incomplete, police investigations and scrutinizing every aspect of the claims brought against you.  Often times, mistakes in procedures by the government can lead to evidence being excluded and even charges being dismissed.  These mistakes by the government require painstaking reviews of police reports, incident logs, and internal police procedures which can be exploited with a solid understanding of Supreme Court and state jurisprudence.  Matt has spent his entire legal and academic career learning, writing about, and educating others regarding proper investigatory conduct by the government and the jurisprudence that regulates what police officers can and cannot do.  If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges you need an attorney that has dedicated his entire life to protecting citizens rights and holding the government accountable to the United States Constitution.  

Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving with Ability Impaired (DWAI), Driving while high (DWH)

Matthew Greife is a rarity among practicing attorneys because he has earned a PhD.  During his academic training, Matt took multiple courses on research methods and the logic of scientific inquiry.  This training allows Matt to challenge prosecutions in a way most prosecutors are not equiped to defend against and most defense attorneys do not understand.

Most lawyers do not challenge the underlying science with breath & blood tests or roadside examinations used to prosecute people for driving under the influence, driving while high or driving with ability impaired, because they do not have the proper educational training.  Matthew Greife is different.  For instance, the Horizontal Nystagmus Gaze test has never truly been validated - yet law enforcement will use it to take away your freedom.  The government claims Nystagmus will occur in an individual at a 45 degree angle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .08.  However, the reality is 50 to 60% of the entire U.S. population will demonstrate some sort of Nystagmus not induced by alcohol.  Furthermore, in order to determine a 45 degree angle officers need to have measuring instruments like a protractor, adequate lighting, and chin rests to keep a head from even slightly moving - which is what you find in a laboratory - yet police officers often just "guess" as to when a persons eyes hit a 45 degree angle and more often than not they do not know from which point on your body the 45 degree angle should begin.  Even more troubling is the government will claim when people ingest alcohol they lose 'smooth pursuit' when their eyes move at moderate speeds from left to right.  Yet, all individuals will lose 'smooth pursuit' for reasons other than intoxication such as age, level of caffeine in the system and fatigue levels.  Moreover, without high tech video cameras and replay equipment it is truly impossible to determine if there is or is not 'smooth pursuit.'  The bottom line is the Horizontal Nystagmus Gaze test so heavily relied upon by law enforcement is not scientifically valid - yet defense attorneys rarely challenge the government's use of this invalid test.  

Even breathalyzers have their flaws and cannot correct for certain biological traits that may influence the readings. Our BrAC decreases as a large volume of air is expelled from the lungs – this means that individuals with smaller lung capacities will give unusually high BrAC readings simply because they expel a large percentage of their total lung capacity.  Legally, this could mean the method for quantifying BrAC and BAC cannot account for lung size and is then biased against individuals with smaller lung capacities.  If you have smaller lung capacity, you may end up being charged with a DUI even though you’re not legally impaired.

Whether it is DUI litigation or some other criminal prosecution that relys upon scientific evidence, you need Matthew Greife as your attorney because he has unique academic training that allows him to challenge the state's claims in a way most other defense attorneys cannot.  

chapter 13 bankruptcy

Chapter 13 is a category of consumer bankruptcy in which debtors are able to stop the seizure of collateral by secured creditors, repay arrearages on priority debts, and pay a portion of their unsecured debts under the protection of the federal courts. These debts are spread over a period of time, often up to five years, with payments being made to a court appointed Trustee.  A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is generally the best way to keep possession of a home in foreclosure, stop the repossession of a car, and the only form of bankruptcy that deals with the owing of back taxes and student loans.

Payment plans in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is created by taking a person or family’s disposable income (e.g. the amount of money left over after paying living expenses each month), secured debts, unsecured priority debts and finally, unsecured debt.  More often than not, you will not have enough disposable income to fully pay back all of your creditors.  The remaining balances owed to your creditors not paid in your repayment plan will be discharged.  Matthew Greife will work closely with you to make sure your payment plan is fair and most beneficial to you in order to ensure all the monthly payments are completed and you get your bankruptcy discharge.

chapter 7 bankruptcy

Chapter 7 is the most common form of bankruptcy. In this category, unsecured debts such as credit cards, medical bills, pay-day loans, personal loans, civil judgments, wage garnishments by non-governmental entities, and uninsured property damage claims can be wiped away in the bankruptcy discharge and no payment plan is required.

Federal law requires all creditors who are notified of a bankruptcy filing to stop all attempts at collecting debts.  This means your creditors must cease calling you demanding payments or threatening you with a lawsuit.  If you are facing a lawsuit by a creditor then the litigation must end until the bankruptcy is completed or permission is given by the bankruptcy court that the pending lawsuit may continue.  However, with a skilled attorney like Matthew Greife, creditors are highly unlikely to be given permission to pursue their claims.  

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can provide the much needed relief a person needs to get out of debt and get back to focusing on enjoying life.  Not everybody qualifies for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Matthew Greife has handled countless Chapter 7 bankruptcies and help you get out of debt and get back to focusing on living your life.  

data collection

In addition to being a practicing attorney, Matthew Greife continues to research and write about the law.  Currently, Matt is collecting senteing data from courthouses in the Denver metro area so that he may create data sets and write algorythems predicting the type of sentence individuals should get for misdemeanor and felony crimes.  

For his dissertation Matt collected information regarding environmental crime prosecutions at the federal level. The data Matt collected allows him to determine what fines a company will recieve if charged with a crime under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other environmental statutes.  These databases not only aid Matt in the representation of his clients, it also allows him to remain an active member in the criminology and sociology academic disciplines.  

If you are in need of research that requires the collecting and quantifying of information from court records and/or empirical analysis of data contact Matthew Greife.