Grand County Criminal Court

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

Jury by Trial Right

The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.

Who is the prosecutor for Grand County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Grand County criminal cases will either be a representative of Grand County or a representative from Colorado. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

Grand County Criminal Court

Grand County Criminal Court

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.

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.

Mandatory Appearances in Grand County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Grand 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.

Sentencing in Grand County

In Grand County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Grand 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.

Jury Deliberations in Grand County

In Grand 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.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof is always on the prosecution in a criminal trial. In other words, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. The defense must only prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the defendant did NOT commit the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury will be instructed to find the defendant not-guilty.

What happens in Grand County at an arraignment?

In Grand 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.

Where will Grand County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Who can help me in Grand County?

For general information about your case the Grand County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Grand County Criminal Court Locations

  • Grand County District Court

    Address: 307 Moffat Avenue, PO Box 192, Hot Sulfur Springs, CO 80451
    Phone: 970-725-3357

  • County Court of Grand County

    Address: 307 Moffat Avenue, PO Box 192, Hot Sulfur Springs, CO 80451
    Phone: 970-725-3357

  • Fraser/Winter Park Municipal Court

    Address: 79050 Main Street, PO Box 211, Winter Park, CO 80482
    Phone: 970-722-7779 Fax: 970-726-8362

  • Granby Municipal Court

    Address: Zero Jasper Avenue, PO Box 440, Granby, CO 80446
    Phone: 970-887-2501 Ext. 216 Fax: 970-887-9347

  • Grand Lake Municipal Court

    Address: 1026 Park Avenue, PO Box 99, Grand Lake, CO 80447
    Phone: 970-627-3435 Fax: 970-627-9290

  • Hot Sulphur Springs Municipal Court

    Address: 308 Byers Avenue, PO Box 116, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
    Phone: 970-725-3933 Fax: 970-725-3443

  • Kremmling Municipal Court

    Address: 200 Eagle Avenue, PO Box 538, Kremmling, CO 80459
    Phone: 970-724-3249 Fax: 970-724-9409

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