Any non-traffic violations are considered criminal cases. A few traffic violations are considered criminal cases. No Proof of Insurance, Speed Contest, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and Speeding 25 mph Over Speed Limit are several traffic criminal cases the Golden Municipal Court handles.
Most initial court appearances on criminal cases are mandatory. Located at 911 10th Street, the Golden Municipal Court holds 8:30 and 10 a.m. court sessions on Mondays and a 2:30 p.m. juvenile court session on the fourth Monday of each month.
Golden Police Officers assign a court date and time on each summons and complaint. The court date and time are located in the yellow box on the lower left hand corner of the summons. If you are unable to attend the court date assigned by the officer, you may contact the court at (303) 384-8006.
First Court Appearance Process
- Check in with clerks
- Read and sign Advisement of Rights
- Speak with city attorney
- Listen to the judge give advisement of rights
- When the judge calls your case, you may enter a plea:
- If you enter a plea, you will have the opportunity to explain to the judge what happened and then the judge will impose a sentence.
- If you enter a plea of not guilty, you will set the case for trial. In some cases you may be eligible for a jury trial. You are entitled to a trial to the court on traffic and criminal cases. If you would like a jury trial, ask the judge if you are entitled to one.
- When requesting a jury trial, you must fill out a jury demand and pay, at the same time, a $25.00 fee within 21 days after pleading not guilty.
- Request subpoenas for witnesses from court clerks at least 3 weeks prior to trial.
- Exit court room and check out:
- Review sentencing summary.
- Pay any applicable fines.
Juvenile Criminal and Traffic Cases
Special Instructions for Minors
Persons under 18 years of age on the date of the violation are summoned to appear in court. Colorado law requires that minors be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, unless declared by the court to be an emancipated minor pursuant to 42-4-1716(4)(a)(III). Minors must appear with a parent or guardian even if becoming 18 years of age prior to the court date. The court date shown on the front may be for arraignment only. If entering a plea of “not guilty” at that time, it may be necessary to return on another date for a trial or final hearing. Emancipated minors must show proof of emancipation.