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Investigative Interviews in Colorado

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Oct 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

What happens during investigative interviews in Colorado?

Like the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, the Colorado Attorney General's Office conducts formal interviews in its investigations under the Consumer Protection Act. What happens during these interviews?

The interviews may be held in various places around the state. However, a convenient location is the Office conference rooms in the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building, 1300 Broadway in Denver.  The Office takes up several floors in that building. It is a good central location for most parties and their counsel.

Unlike Wyoming's stacking technique, Colorado does not set many interviews for the same day. Often it is just one or two witnesses that are being interviewed in the same case.

A court reporter is present and records every interview. Also present is an attorney from the Office. Occasionally there will be a staff person. The company representative and the company attorney are also present.

The Office conducts the interviews in manner that is very similar to a deposition in a civil action. The Office will sometimes have document exhibits to review the witness during the interview.  These become part of the record.

At the end of the interview the company representative and company attorney may leave immediately. Depending upon the posture of the investigation, they may also have an opportunity to take a moment to discuss possible resolution of the issues with the interviewing attorney.

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Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Prior to opening Harmony Law, Mr. Hutchins worked in the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for several years where he developed a strong consumer protection enforcement unit. In that position he led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions under the Consumer Protection Act. He worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado, on consumer protection matters. Mr. Hutchins is also a contributing author to Consumer Protection Law Developments, Second Edition. Previous to his work in the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Hutchins was in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska where he was the chief litigator for a firm. Mr. Hutchins represented municipalities on various matters. Mr. Hutchins provided counsel to businesses and investment advisors regarding compliance with securities laws. He was also a bond lawyer and worked on municipal financing matters. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchins practiced civil litigation with a law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mr. Hutchins devotes his spare time to his family, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors.

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