If there is an early payment discount option on your traffic summons, you may mail the plea amount to the court or bring it to the court office during office hours. If you mail the payment, you must return your pink copy signed and dated. By signing and dating the summons, you are entering a guilty plea, accepting the points noted on your summons, and waiving the rights listed on the back of your summons. If you choose to pay in person, you must bring your copy of the summons to the court office. You have until 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to your court hearing to accept the early payment discount if applicable.
If you are not given an early payment plan on your summons, appearance in court is mandatory. Cases are called on a first come, first serve basis. The court begins check-in at approximately 8:30 a.m.
If your summons includes a No Proof of Insurance violation your appearance is mandatory. Your insurance company must provide proof of insurance to the court prior to your court appearance. This may be mailed to the address on the back of your summons or faxed to 303-531-6271. Proof of insurance must include confirmation that the vehicle and driver were covered for the date and time the violation was received. Note: Your insurance company must provide the proof of insurance. Proof from any other source will not be accepted. This will delay the final disposition of your case and a new court date will be scheduled.
If you fail to appear in court, a warrant for your arrest and/or a hold on your driver's license may be issued.
You may be eligible for a payment plan you will need to see the municipal court clerk. There is a choice of $25 to establish a payment plan. If payments are not made per the plan established, your file could go back to the judge for a warrant and/or a hold on your driver's license.
Cash, checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted types of payments.
An arraignment is your first appearance in court after you have been issued a summons. All general summons have a mandatory court appearance. The date and time of your arraignment is written on the front of your summons at the time it is issued. You will be given an opportunity to speak with the prosecuting attorney at your arraignment if you so desire.
The judge will ask for a plea at your arraignment. If you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, sentencing most likely will be completed at this time. If you plead not guilty your case will be reset to a future court date for a pre-trial conference or a trial.
Tickets are to be paid 20 days after the summons is issued. They can either be mailed or paid at the court/police department window. If the summons is not paid by the due date, a $15 late charge will be added to the summons. If you want to protest the ticket, you must call 303-833-0811 or come to the court window and set a pre-trial conference to speak with the prosecuting attorney concerning your summons.