On Monday, September 25, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado issued a public censure against attorney Peter D. Menges.
The case is entitled “People v.Peter D. Menges” with case no. 23PDJ049.
The charges violated the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct Rules 8.4 (b) which states:
“It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.”
The disciplinary action stemmed from an incident in April 2023 when a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigator observed Menges driving erratically, displaying concerning behavior such as weaving between lanes, abrupt lane changes without signaling, late braking, and narrowly avoiding a median collision. Menges’ response to law enforcement, smelling of alcohol and appearing drowsy, raised further concerns. He refused roadside maneuvers and any blood or breath tests. Eventually, Menges pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired as a first offense, receiving probation as his sentence.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and publicly censured Menges, taking into account the fact Menges is already required to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law as a sanction in another disciplinary case.
According to Avvo, Mr. Menges is a litigation attorney in Denver, Colorado. He earned his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 1997. He acquired his law license in Colorado in 1997.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.