May 26, 2020
Colorado Municipal Court Attorney
Municipal Court Case Defense in Colorado
If you have been charged with a municipal court offense, the good news is that such offenses are typically considered the least serious offenses in Colorado. The bad news is that such cases can still carry a maximum penalty of $999 in fines and 1 year in jail. As such, it is often a good idea to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side when charged with a municipal offense.
Municipal offenses are initiated by a city or municipality, whereas county and district court cases are initiated by the state of Colorado. Generally, municipal court offenses mirror roughly equivalent state laws. Municipal court violations can be initiated by summons or warrant/arrest. Municipal violations are often misdemeanors, though they can also be charged as petty offenses.
Municipal court procedure is different than county or district court procedure. One such difference is in the speedy trial rule. In Colorado district and county courts, a defendant must be tried by the state within 180 days of his entry of a not guilty plea. Under municipal court procedure, a defendant must be tried within 90 days. Another difference is that in municipal court, a defendant must affirmatively request a jury trial within 20 days of the not guilty plea. If the defendant fails to do so, any trial will be held to a court — not a jury. Further, municipal juries always number six. These procedures are different in county or district court, as in these courts a jury trial is always the implied request when one sets a case for trial. Further, in district court, twelve jurors — not six — are allotted at trial. Finally, a municipal defendant must pay $25 when requesting a jury trial. In county and district court cases, there is no such jury fee.
Jacob E. Martinez is an experienced Colorado municipal court attorney who has successfully represented municipal defendants including at trial. Mr. Martinez commonly represents individuals charged in:
If you are facing municipal court charges, contact Colorado criminal defense attorney Jacob E. Martinez today to discuss your case.