EXPERIENCE

Trial Portfolio
 

Dion J. Custis, P.C.     1994-Present
 

Dion is licensed in the State of Wyoming with his home office in Cheyenne.  He is also licensed in the State of Colorado with his home Colorado office in Fort Collins. 

Owner of solo law practice, emphasizing in  personal injury and criminal defense.  Have handled every type of criminal case from DUI to Death Penalty cases and has practiced in every court including Municipal, County, State District Court, Federal District Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Wyoming Supreme Court and State and Federal Courts in Colorado.

  • Senior Assistant Public Defender, Cheyenne, WY 1994 - 2011

  • Handled full criminal caseload including all types of felonies and misdemeanors with an emphasis in serious felonies and death penalty cases.

  • Have experience in State Supreme Court and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Have personally appealed two convictions which were reversed in the Wyoming Supreme Court.

  • Trial attorney on seven cases eventually reversed by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

  • Presenter-Wyoming Public Defender seminar-Trial Tactics, Closing Arguments, Trial Practice.

  • Presenter of The Law of Search and Seizure, Criminal Law.

  • Former Criminal Law Adjunct Professor at Laramie County Community College.
     

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Personal Injury
 

Premises Liability, Denver, Colorado 2018

Our client attended a party at friends’ home. While standing on their balcony, the balcony collapsed. She broke her collar bone and had other injuries in the fall.  The insurance company settled with co-plaintiff for low sum but refused to settle with our client due to her extensive injuries.  Through our case, we overcame very tough and hard to prove Premises Liability Laws in Colorado towards guests at homes. We won the verdict at trial.  Our client was awarded $130,000 in damages. The insurance company’s highest offer was only $50,000 before going to trial.

Wrongful Death Cases
 

Gonzales Personal Injury Case – Cheyenne, WY 2017

Mr. Gonzales was hit by another driver without insurance and suffered major injuries,  the Law Offices of Dion J. Custis and his team were successful in reaching a settlement of $95,000.
 

Criminal Defense
 

  • Tried over 100 serious felony level trials including State and Federal Courts.

  • Have successfully tried all types of criminal cases including major drug cases involving multiple defendants, homicides, fraud cases, sexual assault cases, DUI’s, utilizing all types of defenses including mental illness, alibi, alternative suspect, lesser included crime, etc.
     

  • Successfully defended four death penalty cases all resulting in life sentences.

State V. Defendant, Green River, WY 2019

Our Client was charged with eight counts of Child Sexual Assault.  Our client was facing over 300 years in prison and if convicted would have served the rest of his life in prison.  The defense maintained that the mothers of the juveniles (whom all lived with our client) had fabricated these allegations out of revenge because he had divorced and left the family.  Our client was acquitted of all charges and received Not Guilty verdicts on all eight counts.  

State v. Defendant  Wheatland, WY 2019
A 17-year-old respondent was charged with First Degree Sexual Assault.
They were facing five to fifty years in prison. Originally, the state charged them as a juvenile, then the District Attorney moved to dismiss his juvenile case and move forward with the case as an adult. Mr. Custis then filed a motion to dismiss alleging state violated his constitutional rights in juvenile court by not trying him within his speedy trial rights.  District Attorney eventually conceded our motion and dismissed the entire case.

 

State v. Defendant, Cheyenne, WY 2018
Our client was charged with possession of marijuana and delivery of marijuana for transporting 200 lbs. of marijuana though Wyoming.  The State was asking for prison time. It was decided that the Client plead guilty to possession and they received probation.

 

State v. Defendant, Cheyenne, WY 2018
Our client was charged with possession and transportation of 50 lbs. of marijuana. The defendant had a prior felony. After negotiations with the State, our client received probation.

 

State v. Defendant, Cheyenne, WY  2018
Our client was charged with child solicitation. Typically, these types of cases usually end up with at least a ten-year prison sentence. After much work with evaluations and motions. The case was dismissed, and our client did not receive any conviction nor prison time.

 

State v. Defendant, Sundance, WY 2017
Our client was charged with possession and transportation of 800 lbs. of marijuana, through negotiations, our client received a “deferral”, which means he does not have a felony conviction nor probation.

State v. Defendant, Gillette, WY 2006-2007

Our client was charged with two murders and accused of molesting one of the victims.  The state sought the death penalty and we were successful in obtaining a life verdict at trial.

State v. Defendant, Cheyenne, WY 2006

Our client was charged with the beating death of young man.  He was acquitted at trial of all charges.
 

State v. Defendant, Cheyenne, WY 1997

Our client was accused of murdering a young woman in Wyoming.  He was known as the “Happy Face Killer” having committed several other murders throughout the western states.  He was brought to Wyoming after being convicted of at least three murders and was serving three life sentences.  We were able to secure another life sentence for him and avoid the death penalty.
 

State v. Defendant, Rawlins, WY 1997-1998

Our client was serving a life sentence for murder and was  charged with the murder of a prison guard at the Wyoming State Prison.  We successfully obtained a life verdict at trial.
 

State v.  Defendant, Laramie, WY 1998-1999 (Matthew Shepard Murder)

Our client was the young man charged with the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.  This case was of national significance due to the allegations that Mr. Shepard was tied to a fence and murdered for being homosexual.  The case received worldwide press coverage and as lead counsel we were successful in avoiding a premeditated murder conviction at trial which eventually led to a plea agreement for two life sentences in exchange for dismissal of the death penalty.

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