Municipal Courts

Denver Municipal Court and Westminster Municipal Court | City Courts are Different than County Courts

In Denver and Westminster, Colorado, municipal courts, also known as City Courts, are different than county courts. These city courts, are run by smaller institutions like the City of Denver, the City of Westminster, or the City of Wheat Ridge. These courts handle violations of city law, not state law. Cities have more unique laws, like dog at large, parking rules and littering. Typically, some municipal code violations mirror state law violations and the police officers have a choice where the file the case. For this purpose, they carry two summons ticket books. Their local city government sets policies on where to file the case. Municipal courts never have felony charges, because these are more serious and often end up with a prison sentence.

Either way you are charged, a conviction can result in a criminal record. The criminal defense attorneys from the O'Malley Law Office practice in all courts.

Lakewood Municipal Court and Golden Municipal Court Facing Charges in a City Court

Generally, it is to your advantage to have your charges filed in the Lakewood Municipal Court or the Golden Municipal Court, compared to the Jefferson County Court. City court convictions are able to be sealed after a waiting period, which begins once you complete your sentence. Another advantage is that your worst possible sentence to a city jail is one year, versus two years in a county court.

Municipal Court in Parker and the Castle Rock Municipal Court - Follow the Money

If a case is possible to file in the Parker Town Court, or the Castle Rock Municipal Court, it likely will. Why? City officials run the court like a for profit business. After setting up the courts, these cities want money to pay for probation officers, judges, police and the general fund. Cities have a policy of preference to file in their courts so that your court costs, fines and probation officer money go to them, rather than the State of Colorado. Interstingly, The Parker Town Municipal Court handles Town of Parker and Town of Foxfield misdemeanor or traffic offenses. City courts never handle felony charges, since they are more serious and can result in a prison sentence.

Aurora Municipal Court and Brighton Municipal Court - Jury Trial of Six is Always Best

Aurora Municipal Court and Brighton Municipal Court are busy places. These two cities issue most every traffic and municipal code summons into their city courts. They are highly profitable enterprises for the city's budget. Their local city council makes police officers file charges locally, to get money to fund the city's services. Also, in order to ensure control, judges are hired by the city council. Finally, prosecutors are hired by the city. Due to the extreme collusion possible among these city actors, it is always best to make a jury trial demand within 21 days following your first court appearance, and pay the $25 jury fee. Never accept a jury less than six persons, so the city prosecutor will have a more difficult time proving their case against you.

If you are charged with a city crime or municipal code violation in Colorado, call our criminal defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

List of Colorado Municipal Courts - City Courts in Colorado

Arvada Municipal Court

Aurora Municipal Court

Black Hawk Municipal Court

Boulder Municipal Court

Bow Mar Municipal Court

Brighton Municipal Court

Broomfield Municipal Court

Castle Rock Municipal Court

Centennial Municipal Court

Central City Municipal Court

Cherry Hills Village Municipal Court

Colorado Springs Municipal Court

Columbine Valley Municipal Court

Commerce City Municipal Court

Dacono Municipal Court

Edgewater Municipal Court

Elizabeth Municipal Court

Empire Municipal Court

Englewood Municipal Court

Erie Municipal Court

Federal Heights Municipal Court

Firestone Municipal Court

Fort Lupton Municipal Court

Frederick Municipal Court

Georgetown Municipal Court

Glendale Municipal Court

Golden Municipal Court

Greenwood Village Municipal Court

Idaho Springs Municipal Court

Lafayette Municipal Court

Lakeside Municipal Court

Lakewood Municipal Court

Littleton Municipal Court

Lochbuie Municipal Court

Lone Tree Municipal Court

Longmont Municipal Court

Louisville Municipal Court

Loveland Municipal Court

Morrison Municipal Court

Mountain View Municipal Court

Northglenn Municipal Court

Parker Municipal Court

Sheridan Municipal Court

Superior Municipal Court

Thornton Municipal Court

Westminster Municipal Court

Wheat Ridge Municipal Court

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