Frequently Asked Questions, City Attorney's
CITY ATTORNEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT MUNICIPAL COURT
The Longmont City Attorney's office often receives questions about Municipal
Court cases we prosecute. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions
and our answers. If, after reviewing these questions and answers, you still
have questions, you can call the the Municipal Court Clerk, at (303) 651-8688.
- How can I talk to the prosecutor about my ticket?
- Is there a charge to speak to the prosecutor about my
- What if I can't attend court?
- How can I report a crime or city code violation?
- How much is the fine for my ticket? Can I just pay a fine,
or do I have to appear in court?
- What is a Pre-trial Conference?
- What is an arraignment?
- What is the quickest way to resolve my charges, or get
this over with?
- What should I do to resolve my case?
How can I talk to the prosecutor
about my ticket?
your ticket has a blue border at the top, it is a Boulder County charge, so you
will need to call the District Attorney's office at (303) 441-3700. If your ticket
is all white, you can speak with the Longmont city prosecutor before entering a
plea on your arraignment date.
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Is there a charge to speak
to the prosecutor about my case?
What if I can't attend
If you are a witness for the
prosecution (the City) and have received a subpoena, call (303) 651-8902 and explain,
or leave a concise message, explaining why you cannot attend. Mention the
defendant's name and trial date. We will need your phone number, so we can
call you back after the prosecutor reviews the case. Unless we expressly
excuse you, the subpoena requires that you appear as ordered.
If you are the defendant, you must always contact the Municipal Court
at (303) 651-8688.
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How can I report a crime
or city code violation?
If this is an emergency, please
hang up and dial 911. If you wish to report a crime, but the matter is not
an emergency, call the Police Department at (303) 651-8555. To report zoning or
building code violations, call code enforcement, at (303) 651-8695.
How much is the fine for
my ticket? Can I just pay a fine, or do I have to appear in court?
For answers to these questions,
defendants must always contact the Municipal Court at (303) 651-8688.
What is a Pre-trial Conference?
A pre-trial conference is
a meeting with the prosecutor to discuss your case. The prosecutor has authority
to ask the court to modify or dismiss the charges. After reviewing the
particular facts and circumstances of any given case, the prosecutor sometimes
makes a "plea bargain" with the defendant. In other words, the defendant pleads
guilty to an agreed charge, and the prosecutor either moves to dismiss other
charges, or makes some agreement limiting the fine or other punishment.
In other cases, the prosecutor might not offer a plea bargain, or may actually
ask the court to increase the number or severity of the charges.
What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is the defendant's
first appearance in court. At arraignment, you can plead guilty or not guilty,
or you can ask to speak with the prosecutor about any plea bargain possibilities.
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What is the quickest way
to resolve my charges, or get this over with?
Usually, the quickest way
to a defendant can resolve Municipal Court charges is to pay a set fine,
if possible, or to plead guilty at arraignment. By doing this, you will
avoid the additional time and possible court costs associated with a trial.
The Municipal Court will require that you understand and voluntarily give
up your right to trial. If you plead guilty at arraignment, the judge will
give you a chance to tell her anything you think she should know before
setting your sentence. In some cases, she may also require that you meet
a Probation Officer for a pre-sentence investigation before setting your
What should I do to resolve
As the prosecutor responsible
for prosecuting defendants in the Municipal Court, the City prosecutor is
the opponent of every defendant. Therefore we cannot advise defendants. Every Municipal Court defendant has the right to hire an attorney.
In cases that could result in a jail sentence, the court may appoint lawyers
for defendants who cannot afford to hire their own. With or without legal
advice, defendants must decide the best course of action for themselves.
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