Boulder County Criminal Court

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

Where will Boulder County criminal case hearings take place?

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

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

Boulder County Criminal Court

Boulder County Criminal Court

Prosecutor in Boulder County

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

What happens in Boulder County at an arraignment?

In Boulder County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

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.

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.

Boulder County Required Court Appearances

In Boulder County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

Where can I get help for my Boulder County criminal case?

The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Boulder County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Boulder County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.

Boulder County Criminal Court Locations

  • Boulder County District Court – Boulder

    Address: 1777 6th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
    Phone: 303-441-3750 Fax: 303-441-4750

  • Boulder County District Court – Longmont

    Address: 1035 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501
    Phone: 720-564-2522 Fax: 303-441-4750

  • County Court of Boulder County – Boulder

    Address: 1777 6th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
    Phone: 303-441-3750 Fax: 303-441-4750

  • County Court of Boulder County – Longmont

    Address: 1035 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501
    Phone: 720-564-2522 Fax: 303-441-4750

  • Boulder Municipal Court

    Address: 1777 6th Street, PO Box 8015, Boulder, CO 80306
    Phone: 303-441-1842 Fax: 303-441-4233

  • Erie Municipal Court

    Address: 645 Holbrook Street, PO Box 750, Erie, CO 80516
    Phone: 303-926-2851 Fax: 303-926-2855

  • Lafayette Municipal Court

    Address: 451 North 111th Street, Lafayette, CO 80026
    Phone: 303-604-8000 Fax: 303-604-8001

  • Longmont Municipal Court

    Address: 225 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501
    Phone: 303-774-4804 Fax: 303-774-4345

  • Louisville Municipal Court

    Address: 992 West Via Appia, Louisville, CO 80027
    Phone: 303-335-4653 Fax: 303-335-4690

  • Lyons Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 49, Lyons, CO 80540
    Phone: 303-823-6622 Ext. 29 Fax: 303-823-8257

  • Nederland Municipal Court

    Address: 45 West 1st Street, PO Box 396, Nederland, CO 80466
    Phone: 303-258-3250 Fax: 303-258-1240

  • Superior Municipal Court

    Address: 124 East Coal Creek Drive, Superior, CO 80027
    Phone: 303-499-3675 Fax: 303-499-3677

  • Ward Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 99, Ward, CO 80481
    Phone: 303-459-9273

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