I've never been to this court before, what do I need to do?
You need to check in at the court clerk's window. You will then be instructed to proceed to the courtroom, where you will view a video Advisement of Rights. The judge will then call each person to the podium individually and ask if they wish to speak to the prosecuting attorney. After speaking to the prosecuting attorney, you will return to the courtroom.
Should I plea bargain or go to trial?
We are not allowed to give legal advice. You must make this choice yourself. However, if you are unsure, tell the judge that you wish to speak to the prosecutor when he calls your name.
If I want to go to trial, do I have to come back again?
Yes. You will be given written notice of your trial date.
How long does court usually last?
Approximately one hour for most defendants.
Can I bring my children to court?
We would prefer that children not be brought to court. However, if you do need to bring your children to court, they must remain quiet.
What methods of payment are acceptable?
Cash, money orders, Visa and MasterCard. No checks are accepted by court order.
Can I reschedule my court date?
Court dates (for arraignment) may not be changed over the phone, per court order. Prior to your court date, you must appear in person at the Northglenn Municipal Court (during office hours) to get the date changed. An arraignment date will be rescheduled only once. If you have posted bond, the court date cannot be changed.
How much will my fine be?
That will be determined by the judge based on your particular situation.
Can I get more time to pay my fine if I don't have the money when I come to court?
For an additional $10 fee, requests for extension of payment may be granted for a short time period.
What will happen if I don't pay before, or appear on, my court date at the time I've been given?
Any of the following:
• There may be a warrant issued for your arrest, and a $50 warrant cost will be added.
• You may be arrested at any time, by any law enforcement agency.
• After a warrant has been issued, amounts due may only be paid by cash or money order.
• If you were issued a traffic ticket, a warrant may be issued for your arrest; or a guilty finding will be reported to the Motor Vehicle Department, points will be assessed against your driver's license and your driver's license will be canceled until the fine, court costs and an additional $30 fee is paid.
• If you have posted bond to guarantee your appearance, your bond will be forfeited.
Is there night court?
Do I have to appear in court for a no proof of insurance ticket when that is my only charge?
If you were insured on the date and time you received your ticket, the court clerks can dismiss your summons and complaint. You will need to provide a letter from your insurance company, which states specifically that you were insured on the date and time of the ticket while driving the vehicle you were operating when you were ticketed.
The letter MUST be on insurance company letterhead and signed by an agent or representative of the company. A copy of your insurance card, policy, statement or bill will not be accepted. You must obtain a letter.
Additionally, if you were charged with no proof of insurance and you have other charges on your ticket, you must appear in court. The prosecuting attorney will only accept a letter from your insurance company. It is your responsibility to bring this letter with you to court on your first appearance date. If you can't have this letter for your first appearance on your ticket, you may request a short (approximately 10 days) continuance to contact your agent so that you can obtain this letter.