GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The Colorado Supreme Court has confirmed that Judge Lance Timbreza has stepped down from his position.
“I write to inform of you of my decision to resign as a district judge for the 21st judicial district effective immediately.”
On September 12, 2022, Timbreza submitted his resignation to Chief Justice Boatright in a letter via email.
In the past three years, Timbreza was involved in two incidents that both led to suspensions and may be the reason for his resignation letter.
On June 9 Timbreza was placed on paid administrative leave from the bench for an unspecified reason. The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline recommended the suspension, and the Colorado Supreme Court accepted. He had 21 days following the suspension order in which to react.
Prior to that, Timbreza received a DUI ticket in June 2019 after leaving a party and crashing into trees beside 2712 Road near G Road to avoid colliding with other cars. The incident did not cause any injuries.
In September 2019, Timbreza agreed to a plea agreement to the lesser charge of driving while impaired after being charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He was given a one-year probation period, ordered to perform 36 hours of community service, and was fined $200.
Timbreza’s blood alcohol level was not determined after the collision because he declined to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. The legal consequences of that denial include an instant suspension of your driving rights for one to three years.
Timbreza was later given a 28-day suspension without pay for the event by the Colorado Supreme Court.
The Twenty-first Judicial District has announced that on October 7, 2022, the governor will designate a district judge for the Twenty-first Judicial District, and on that date, the Twenty-first Judicial District will meet to interview and choose applicants.