El Paso County Criminal Court

El Paso County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in El Paso County. See below for more information about criminal cases in El Paso County.

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 Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

El Paso County Criminal Court

El Paso County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberations in El Paso County

In El Paso County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.

El Paso County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in El Paso County, the prosecutor will be a representative of El Paso County. The El Paso County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Mandatory Appearances in El Paso County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in El Paso County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.

Arraignments in El Paso County

During an arraignment in El Paso County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in El Paso County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in El Paso County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Where will El Paso County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Where can I get help for my El Paso 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 El Paso 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In El Paso 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.

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.

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.

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.

El Paso County Criminal Court Locations

  • El Paso County District Court

    Address: 270 South Tejon, PO Box 2980, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
    Phone: 719-452-5000 Fax: 719-452-5006

  • County Court of El Paso County

    Address: 270 South Tejon, PO Box 2980, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
    Phone: 719-452-5000 Fax: 719-452-5006

  • Colorado Springs Municipal Court

    Address: 224 East Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    Phone: 719-385-6302 Fax: 719-385-6203

  • Fountain Municipal Court

    Address: 116 South Main Street, Fountain, CO 80817
    Phone: 719-382-5561 Fax: 719-322-2009

  • Green Mountain Falls Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 524, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
    Phone: 719-684-9414

  • Manitou Springs Municipal Court

    Address: 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
    Phone: 719-685-2544

  • Monument Municipal Court

    Address: 645 Beacon Lite Road, Monument, CO 80132
    Phone: 719-481-3253 Fax: 719-884-8011

  • Ramah Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 129, Ramah, CO 80832
    Phone: 719-541-2163 Fax: 719-541-3978

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