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If you need to reschedule your court date or request a continuance, you must contact the Arvada Municipal Court (720-898-7150; 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, CO, 80002) in advance of your hearing. The City Attorney’s Office cannot reschedule your court date for you.
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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.
If you are an attorney, please submit your Entry of Appearance by email, postal service, or fax.
The date and time listed on your ticket is a summons to appear for your first appearance, or "arraignment." You will be notified of your legal rights at your arraignment, and will have the opportunity to enter your plea (e.g., guilty or not guilty) before the Judge. However, before you enter your plea, you will be able to speak with a prosecutor about a possible "plea bargain." Your plea will determine next steps. If you plead guilty, the Judge will typically enter a sentence that day. If you plead not guilty, you will be scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference.
"Discovery" is the name for the exchange of information between a defendant and the prosecution. This includes evidence to be presented at trial and a witness list. You must submit a written request in order to receive discovery from the prosecution. This may be done through an Entry of Appearance (if you are represented by an attorney); by filling out a written request form at the front windows of the municipal court at City Hall; or by submitting a request online. Please note: the fee for discovery in a traffic case is $2.00; in criminal (ordinance) cases, the fee is $10.00.
No one is entitled to a plea bargain. However, depending on a variety of factors, including but not limited to your driving or criminal history and other circumstances related to your case, a prosecutor may offer you a plea bargain.
No. A city prosecutor represents the People of the City of Arvada. As a result, they cannot provide legal advice about your case. However, the prosecutor will be able to provide basic information about your case (e.g., next steps in the process).
If you wish to speak with a prosecutor, please contact the City Attorney’s main line: 720-898-7180; or email: "[email protected]." Please be aware that prosecutors may not engage in the plea bargain process prior to your arraignment date.