Arapahoe County Criminal Court

Arapahoe County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Arapahoe County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Arapahoe County.

Required Court Appearances in Arapahoe County

Any required court appearances in Arapahoe County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

Arapahoe County Criminal Court

Arapahoe County Criminal Court

Prosecutor in Arapahoe County

In Arapahoe County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Arapahoe County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Colorado. For the most part, the prosecutor in Arapahoe County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

I need help for my Arapahoe County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Arapahoe County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Arapahoe County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Where will Arapahoe County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Arapahoe County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Arapahoe County.

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Arapahoe County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Arapahoe County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Arapahoe County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Arapahoe County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Arapahoe County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Arapahoe County Criminal Court Locations

  • Arapahoe County District Court – Centennial

    Address: 7325 South Potomac Street, Centennial, CO 80112
    Phone: 303-649-6355 Fax: 303-792-2401

  • Arapahoe County District Court – Littleton

    Address: 1790 Littleton Boulevard, Littleton, CO 80120
    Phone: 303-798-4591 Fax: 303-797-4816

  • County Court of Arapahoe County – Centennial

    Address: 7325 South Potomac Street, Centennial, CO 80112
    Phone: 303-649-6355 Fax: 303-792-2401

  • County Court of Arapahoe County – Littleton

    Address: 1790 Littleton Boulevard, Littleton, CO 80120
    Phone: 303-798-4591 Fax: 303-797-4816

  • Aurora Municipal Court

    Address: 14999 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012
    Phone: 303-739-6444

  • Bennett Municipal Court

    Address: 355 4th Street, Bennett, CO 80102
    Phone: 303-644-3249 Ext. 1001

  • Centennial Municipal Court

    Address: 13133 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112
    Phone: 303-754-3380

  • Columbine Valley Municipal Court

    Address: 2069 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton CO 80120
    Phone: 303-795-1434 Fax: 303-795-7325

  • Englewood Municipal Court

    Address: 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood CO 80110
    Phone: 303-762-2580 Fax: 303-783-6889

  • Glendale Municipal Court

    Address: 950 South Birch Street, Glendale, CO 80246
    Phone: 303-639-4610 Fax: 303-639-4607

  • Greenwood Village Municipal Court

    Address: 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    Phone: 303-773-6033

  • Littleton Municipal Court

    Address: 2069 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton, CO 80120
    Phone: 303-795-3837 Fax: 303-795-3841

  • Sheridan Municipal Court

    Address: 4101 South Federal Boulevard, Sheridan, CO 80110
    Phone: 303-762-2204 Fax: 303-438-3398

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