Municipal Court FAQs

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I received a parking ticket but the link to pay online is not working.

The URL has changed. Call the court at 303-795-3837 during normal business hours to get the new URL. Only parking tickets are payable online. All other tickets must be paid in person or by mail.

What happens when I appear on my court date?

You will be expected to go through a metal detector when you enter the courthouse. Weapons of any kind will not be permitted. You will then check in with the court clerk and she will give you a written copy of your Advisements of Rights. Please read this form carefully before signing it. You will meet with the City Prosecutor to discuss your case and possibly be offered a plea bargain. The City Prosecutor is not required to offer a plea bargain. It is based on your driving record, criminal history or the facts about the case. A plea bargain is a "negotiated sentence in return for a plea of guilty." After meeting with the Prosecutor, you will be directed into the courtroom and the Judge will call each person to the podium individually to discuss your case.

Do I have to appear in Court for traffic violations?

If a court date is not listed on your citation, you may be eligible for a Plea Bargain by mail. Plea Bargains by mail are usually mailed out 7-10 days after the date of the violation. Only certain violations are eligible for Plea Bargains by mail and they are based on your driving record.

How long should I expect Court to last?

It depends on the length of the docket; however, you should plan on at least two to three hours.

Can I bring my children with me to Court?

If you do need to bring them, we just ask that they remain as quiet as possible when court is in session.

What should I wear to Court?

Proper attire is required to maintain the dignity of the court.

What if I move and have changed my phone number?

It is your responsibility to notify the Littleton Municipal Court of any changes to your address and/or phone number.

What if I am unable to pay my fine?

You can contact with Littleton Municipal Court to set up payment arrangements.

Should I accept the Plea Bargain that is being offered or go to trial?

The Clerks or the Prosecutor are not allowed to give you legal advice. If you would like to have an attorney present with you that is fine. If you need time to hire an attorney, you can ask the Prosecutor for a continuance to get an attorney and appear at a later date.

If I want to go to trial, when will it be set?

Trials are usually set 30-45 days from the date of your first appearance hearing (arraignment). You will be given a setting sheet which you must sign and date confirming the trial date. If you are going to have witnesses for your trial, you can have the clerk's office prepare the subpoenas for you; however, you will need to supply the names and addresses of your witnesses. If will be your responsibility to get those subpoenas personally served.

How can I get a copy of my case?

You are entitled to get a copy of the evidence such as the police report, witness list and written statements. This is called "Discovery." There is a fee to get a copy of your file. Requests may take up to a week to process. Contact the Prosecutor's office at (303) 795-3845 to get further information on the procedure.

Can I request a Jury Trial?

Jury trials are only granted if the charge you have been given has jail time associated with it. All jury requests must be done in writing accompanied by a jury fee of $25. These requests must be filed with the Court within 21 days from the date of your not guilty plea. You have the right to be tried within ninety (91) days of your plea unless a delay was granted by the Judge.

Can I get an attorney appointed to represent me in Court?

You will need to contact the Littleton Municipal Court to obtain the forms that need to be filled out to get an attorney appointed. The Judge and the Prosecutor will review this form to determine if you are eligible for a Court-Appointed attorney. Determination for granting a Court Appointed attorney depends on two factors. The first factor is whether or not the Prosecuting attorney is seeking jail. If the Prosecuting attorney is not seeking jail time, an attorney will not be appointed. The second determining factor is whether or not the defendant meets the state indigency guidelines. If it is determined that a defendant is not indigent, a court appointed attorney will not be granted.

I received a ticket for not providing proof of valid insurance. I did have insurance; I just did not have the Insurance card with me at the time I was stopped. What can I do to get it dismissed?

Proof of insurance should be provided to the Littleton Prosecutor's office at least one week prior to the assigned court date. 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 citation while driving the vehicle you were operating when you were ticketed. This letter MUST be on insurance letterhead and signed by an agent or representative of the company.

EXAMPLE:


Insurance Letterhead

This letter is to confirm that _______ (your name) was insured while driving _______ (specific vehicle listed on the ticket) on _______ (date and time of the ticket) which is the date and time he/she received the ticket. This insurance met the State of Colorado requirements for liability coverage.

                    _____________________________________
Signature of Insurance Agent or Representative       
______________
Date

A COPY OF YOUR INSURANCE CARD OR DECLARATION PAGE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS VALID PROOF OF INSURANCE

If the vehicle you were driving is registered to another individual, the letter must state that you were authorized to drive that insured vehicle.

Upon receipt of this letter confirming valid insurance and receipt of a $15 processing fee, the charge will be dismissed. If you are charged with another violation, you are required to appear in court on your scheduled court date which is listed on your citation even if the proof of no insurance was dismissed. If you cannot provide proof of insurance, you will need to enter a plea in court.

It is your responsibility to either fax, email or bring this letter to Court on your first appearance date or prior to your first appearance date. If you have further questions, please contact the Prosecutor's office at (303) 795-3845.

FAX: 303-795-3796     EMAIL: dpatton@littletongov.org


I need to set up Domestic Violence Counseling, who do I contact?

Contact the Domestic Violence Probation office at 303-795-3874

How do I file an Appeal?

An appeal in the Littleton Municipal Court is a request for the Arapahoe County District Court to view the ruling of a Littleton Municipal Court Judge. Rules and forms can be obtained from the Arapahoe County District Court which is located at the address below:

Arapahoe County District Court
7325 South Potomac Street
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 649-6355

An appeal must be filed within 30 days of judgment or sentencing.