Municipal Court

What to Expect

Lone Tree Municipal Court sessions are held at the Lone Tree Civic Center: 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Mail is not accepted at this location.

Arriving at Court

Court sessions are held on the first three Thursdays of each month.  You will be summoned to appear at 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. based on the violation.  The court date and time will be written on the front of the citation by the officer. 

Your first appearance in court will be for an arraignment; you will be advised of your rights, the charge(s) against you, and enter a plea.
 
When you arrive at court, you are required to sign in when you enter the courtroom.  After signing in, you will read and sign an Advisement of Rights form.  The City Prosecutor will call your name and you will meet with him/her regarding your case.  The City Prosecutor will review your driving record and/or criminal history and may offer a reduction of points in exchange for pleading guilty to a lesser charge (plea bargain).   It is solely the City Prosecutor's discretion to offer you a plea bargain; he/she is not required to offer a plea bargain.  

City Prosecutor

In your meeting with the City Prosecutor, you will have the option of accepting a plea bargain (if one is offered), pleading guilty to the charge(s) or pleading not guilty.  The City Prosecutor will give you paperwork following your discussion. You will return to the courtroom and give the paperwork to the bailiff. Once you are in the Courtroom, you will be seated and wait for the Judge to call your case.

Pleas

If you plead guilty, you will be advised by the Judge of the penalties that will be assessed.  The Judge may assess a fine, impose community service, attendance at a class, impose a jail sentence, or any combination of these penalties. 
 
If you plead not guilty, you will be advised of your right to a trial and may be given an option for a trial to the court or a jury trial (only certain violations qualify for a jury trial).  Your case will be set for trial by the Court Clerk. Trials are usually held within 91 days after the arraignment date.  If you enter a plea of not guilty, you have the right to request discovery or “discover” the evidence that will be introduced at trial by the City Prosecutor; including the offense report and witness list. If you would like a copy of the evidence, you will need to fill out and submit a records request form.  This form can be found on the City of Lone Tree’s Website: 
www.cityoflonetree.com/recordsrequestform. There is no charge for discovery.  

Fines and Fees

If you were assessed any fines/fees you will be expected to pay your fines/fees at the time you are in Court. Cash, check, money order, electronic check, or credit card (Master Card, Visa and Discover) are accepted for payment.

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