I received a ticket from the Arvada Police Department (APD). Do I have to go to court?

Please read the back of your ticket.  If your ticket says, “Mandatory Court,” you must appear on the date and time listed on your ticket. If you do not appear in the Arvada Municipal Court on that date and at that time, the Court may issue a warrant for your arrest. 

However, if your ticket says, “Total Fines and Costs…”, you do not need to appear.  Instead, if you do not wish to contest the ticket, you may pay the ticket in lieu of appearing in court. However, if you wish to contest the ticket, you must appear on the date and time listed on your ticket. If you fail to appear or pay, the Court may enter a default judgment against you.

Note: Some APD tickets are issued into Arvada Municipal Court.  Others are issued into either the Adams or Jefferson County Courts.  Please make sure you know which Court you are supposed to report to – you can find this information by reading your ticket. 

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1. I received a ticket from the Arvada Police Department (APD). Do I have to go to court?
2. My client received a ticket. How do I submit a copy of my Entry of Appearance to the prosecutor’s office?
3. What will happen when I appear in court on the date on my ticket?
4. What if I am unable to appear for the court date listed on my ticket?
5. How do I get discovery on my case?
6. Is everyone entitled to or eligible for a “plea bargain”?
7. Can the prosecutor give me legal advice about my case?
8. How do I get in contact with the prosecutor assigned to my case?