The Law Firm of Pace & Little serve clients throughout La Plata County, Archuleta County, and Montezuma County including the communities of Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Dolores, and Silverton.
Protecting your rights
Having an experienced and aggressive lawyer beside you in a criminal or family case is critical. As attorneys with years of experience helping clients in Durango and southwestern Colorado address their serious legal concerns, we aggressively represent and protect your rights and interests.
Working with forensic specialists, investigators, expert witnesses, toxicologists, and social workers, we have the resources needed to investigate and evaluate the criminal charges against our clients and the financial and custodial issues that arise in their family cases. In criminal matters, while we are prepared to expose police misconduct and shortcuts taken by prosecutors, we are also skilled negotiators who can work with the prosecutors to reduce the charges or sentence against our client.
Both criminal charges and family cases have profound and long-term effects on the lives of people touched by them. We understand this and we strive to provide our clients with high-quality, diligent, and non-judgmental legal representation. If you would like to discuss your case during a fully confidential consultation, contact Pace & Little today.
Heather Little is an experienced criminal defense attorney and has dedicated her career to defending the accused. Ms. Little worked as a deputy public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office in Durango for four years before joining Mr. Pace in private practice. Ms. Little has worked tirelessly in her representation of defendants on felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases in Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs. Prior to moving to Durango in 2013, Ms. Little completed her juris doctorate at Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s of arts at the University of Georgia. Ms. Little interned for public defender offices in Atlanta and Chicago while attending law school.
Ms. Little has successfully defended clients on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Third Degree Assault, Assault on a Peace Officer, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Menacing, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Criminal Mischief, Violation of a Protection Order and Harassment. Ms. Little has defended clients facing sentence enhancers of habitual criminal counts, crimes of violence and domestic violence offenses. Ms. Little has also litigated appeals and sentence reconsiderations. Ms. Little has had significant trial experience with both felonies and misdemeanors, including numerous DUI and domestic violence cases. Ms. Little also volunteers on the Sixth Judicial Wellness Court team as the defense representative advocating for individuals participating in the wellness court program as a condition of probation.
Ms. Little has also practices family law, defending parents in dependency and neglect and contempt of court proceedings. Ms. Little is an advocate for parental rights in child custody cases.
Kenneth Pace is a dedicated and highly skilled criminal defense attorney. Serving as a Colorado State Public Defender for over six years and in private practice before that, Mr. Pace has handled all levels of felony and misdemeanor cases from DUIs in traffic court to First Degree Murder. Mr. Pace began his career in the Denver area, operating a private practice focusing on DUI defense, domestic violence cases and misdemeanor defense. After Mr. Pace moved to Durango he joined the Colorado State Public Defender’s office where he has gained an outstanding reputation as a trial attorney, mitigation attorney and juvenile defense attorney.
Over six years as a Deputy Public Defender, Senior Deputy Public Defender and Juvenile Court Supervisor, Mr. Pace handled thousands of cases taking dozen of misdemeanors and many high profile felony cases to trial. Mr. Pace has successfully defended clients on charges of Second Degree Murder, Sexual Assault, Juvenile Sexual Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substances, Burglary, Menacing, Fraud, Theft, Computer Crimes, Second Degree Assault, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Third Degree Assault, Criminal Mischief, Harassment and Violation of a Protection Order. Mr. Pace has successfully litigated Habitual Criminal Charges, Crimes of Violence, probation revocations and sentence reconsideration.
Due to Mr. Pace’s aggressive and dedicated practice, he has been invited to teach statewide courses on DUI Defense, the Intoxilyzer 5000, juvenile transfer hearings, client communication and death penalty mitigation. He successfully lobbied the 6th Judicial District judges into ending the practice of indiscriminate shackling of Juveniles in court, and testified at the state legislature regarding his success in ending this practice. He was also appointed by the La Plata County Commissioners to the Core Services – Therapeutic and Life Skills Commission. This commission prepares and annual report for the state department on the availability and effectiveness of youth services in La Plata County, with the goal of reducing the incarceration of at-risk youth.
In his free time Mr. Pace enjoys all of the outdoors that the Four Corners has to offer from hiking and camping to skiing and snowboarding.