Carlos A. Gutierrez


Carlos A. Gutierrez is an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Safety Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. While at the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Gutierrez authored appellate briefs for criminal and juvenile appeals in the D.C. Court of Appeals, and formulated policies and procedures for the referral of adult criminal cases to both the D.C. Superior Court drug court program and mental health court program.


Before coming to the District of Columbia, Mr. Gutierrez worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. There, Mr. Gutierrez prosecuted internet child pornography, human trafficking, successfully litigating the first human trafficking jury trial in state court, and other violent crime, worked with the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice to extradite state fugitives from abroad, assisted in developing the office’s package of legislative proposals, drafted proposed legislation and amendments, negotiated with legislators and testified in state legislative committees on internet child exploitation, domestic violence and child abuse bills. Mr. Gutierrez also chaired the New Mexico Sentencing Reform Committee, was a member of the New Mexico Sentencing Commission, New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the First Judicial District Multidisciplinary Team addressing best practices in the investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children.


As a Senior Trial Prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office in Taos, New Mexico, Mr. Gutierrez prosecuted homicides, shootings, aggravated domestic violence, drug trafficking, robbery, burglary and larceny, and was the prosecutor appointed to the adult drug court. In State v. Tollardo, 134 N.M. 430, a case of first impression, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld Mr. Gutierrez’s admission into evidence a 3D computer model of the crime scene to refute the shooter’s self-defense claim in a double homicide jury trial, the case becoming legal precedent on the issue of expert opinion testimony in criminal trials. Mr. Gutierrez began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence criminal offenses, stalking and violations of orders of protection. He is licensed in the District of Columbia, New Mexico and Minnesota.


Mr. Gutierrez received his law degree from The University of Iowa College of Law where he was the Co-Chair of the Chicano Hispanic Association for Legal Education and his undergraduate business degree from The University of Iowa. In 2015, Mr. Gutierrez served as Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the HBA-DC.

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