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Airport Crimes in Denver

Attorney Matthew Martin is experienced in representing clients who were arrested or detained at the Denver International Airport (DEN).

The airport serves Denver, Colorado, and the Front Range Urban Corridor. As the hub for United Airlines and Frontier Airlines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines, the Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States.

With over 33,530 acres, Denver International Airport is also the largest airport in United States by landmass.

With more than 35,000 employees working at the airport, it is no surprise that Denver International Airport is the largest employer in Colorado.

In 2019, the Denver International Airport served nearly 70,000,000 passengers although that number is down in 2020 because of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Although foot traffic at the airport is down, the number of arrests and criminal accusations has increased.

Attorney for Crimes at the Airport in Denver, CO

Attorney Matthew Martin represents clients arrested at the Denver International Airport.

Criminal offenses can include misdemeanors for trespass, disorderly conduct, or public intoxication. Each year, arrests for DUI are made in the airport’s parking lot.

Criminal accusations might also arise if you bring contraband through a security checkpoint. The most common crimes for bringing contraband to the airport include possession of controlled substances, weapons, firearms, and ammunition.

Even without an arrest, federal agents at the airport might seize your U.S. Currency for civil asset forfeiture proceedings if they suspect the money was involved in drug trafficking or money laundering.

On international flights, U.S. currency might be seized at the airport if you fail to disclose carrying more than $10,000 on the FinCEN 105 form.

Attorney Matthew Martin is familiar with the tactics used by officers with the Police Bureau of the Denver International Airport.

No matter your circumstances, if the investigation involves the Denver International Airport, attorney Matthew Martin can help you fight the case.

Call (303) 725-0017.

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Main Areas in the Denver International Airport

The main areas in the airport where detentions occur in DIA’s Jeppesen Terminal include:

  • Concourse A –
    • accessible using the pedestrian bridge directly from the terminal building or the underground train system that services all three concourses.
    • has 51 gates and several “ground load positions”
    • handles all domestic airlines except Alaska, Southwest, and Spirit
    • handles all international arrivals (except for airplanes with border preclearance)
    • two airline lounges including the American Admirals Club and a Delta Sky Club
  • Concourse B – accessible using the train
    • has 70 gates
    • United Airlines is the sole occupant of Concourse B
    • two United Clubs are located on the second floor
  • Concourse C – accessible using the train
    • has 29 gates
    • Southwest Airlines is the primary occupant of the concourse along with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, and Spirit Airlines

Police Bureau of the Denver International Airport

The Denver International Airport (DIA) Police Bureau is responsible for enforcement of the City Traffic Code, the Rules and Regulations of the Denver Municipal Airport System, and civil or criminal judicial enforcement action.

The City Clerk is the official custodian of all City rules and regulations under the Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver, sections 2-91 to 2-100.

Other federal, state, and county authorities might also provide law enforcement services at the airport by virtue of their respective jurisdiction over property at the airport, or pursuant to a written intergovernmental agreement.

The DIA Police Bureau also patrols the roadways and facilities at the airport and conducts criminal investigations.


DEN Legal at Denver International Airport

The in-house legal department for Denver International Airport (DEN) is known as DEN Legal. As part of the City Attorney’s Office, DEN Legal is often involved in preserving surveillance video evidence gathered at the airport.


Weapon and Firearm Crimes at Denver’s Airport

Other categories of airport crimes enforced at the Denver International Airport include possession of a firearm or pistol or other violations of airport rules and regulations.

Did you accidentally forget your pistol in your carry on bag?  Accidentally bringing a firearm or weapon to the airport in your carry-on luggage is all too common.

By hiring an attorney you can fight to have the charges dropped on the merits. Without an experienced attorney, you might be facing a criminal record, time in jail, hefty fines, and the forfeiture of your firearm.

Contact us today to schedule a case review. Call (303) 725-0017.


Additional Resources

Denver International Airport – Visit the official website for the Denver International Airport to learn more about their rules and regulations. Access the site to set up a future flight, learn how security works, the new COVID-19 restrictions, and other important information.

Colorado Revised Statutes – Visit the official website for the Colorado Revised Statutes to read up on their chapter regarding airports and aircrafts. Access the site to learn the rules in airports, what acts are considered a crime, and other relevant information.


Denver International Airport Defense Attorney in Colorado

If you or someone you know has been arrested in an airport for a rule violation, we urge you to get in contact with the team at Law Office of Matthew A. Martin, P.C.. Matthew Martin has over two decades of experience fighting for his clients rights and can do the same for you, whether you were aware of the rule you violated or not.

Call (303) 725-0017 to set up your first consultation free of charge.