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Criminal Summons

CRIMINAL SUMMONS:

The Westminster Police Department issues all criminal summonses handled by the Westminster Municipal Court. If you have been cited to appear at the Westminster Municipal Court, the Court’s name and address will be listed below the signature box on the front of the summons. All non-traffic violations are considered criminal violations.

The initial appearance for a criminal summons is set on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.  If you have a schedule conflict and are not available to appear as ordered on your ticket please contact the Clerk's Office to reschedule your appearance date.  You can have your case rescheduled without a court appearance one time only. You can also appear at an earlier date as an add-on to that day's docket. You can reach the Clerk's Office at 303-658-2240 or 303-658-2250.

(Add-on times are Monday and Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m.)

Please contact the Clerk's Office prior to appearing in court if you need the services of an INTERPRETER as one may not be available to assist you on the day you choose to appear.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when appearing in court. 

Certain traffic violations may carry criminal penalties, such as the imposition of jail time, which causes them to be handled in the same manner as criminal summonses and in accordance with the rules of criminal procedures. These charges include, but are not limited to, No Proof of Insurance, Careless Driving, Reckless Driving, Speed Contest, and Speeding (25 miles per hour or more above the speed limit).

Some criminal violations can be handled by payment on or before the appearance date and do not require a court appearance. Your ticket will indicate if it can be resolved by payment or if your appearance in court is mandatory. 

If you wish to CONTEST THE CHARGE(S), you must appear at the Westminster Municipal Court on the appearance date and time shown on the front of your summons. The appearance date is for arraignment only.  Upon entering a plea of “not guilty” at the time set for arraignment, you will be required to return on a future date(s) for other hearing(s) or trial. 

If you are indigent and have been accused of a criminal violation punishable by jail time, you may be eligible for legal representation by the public defender.  You may request to be appointed the public defender at your initial appearance (arraignment), or at any stage of the proceedings, including sentencing and appeal. The Court will determine your eligibility based on the evaluation of household income and size, and assets and expenses.

Failure to pay or appear in court on your scheduled court date may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. Other penalties may also be imposed, such as imposition of additional fees, placement of a hold or points against your driving record, referral to a private collections agency, and/or incarceration. 

 

JUVENILES:

If you are under 18 years of age and your summons requires your personal appearance in court, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

Please note:

  • If you have not been previously charged with a drug and/or alcohol related violation, you may be eligible to attend a diversion program. Failure to truthfully represent your prior criminal history will result in rejection from the program. If you are under 18 years of age, you must attend the program accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • The issuing officer, upon determination of your eligibility, will check the appropriate box on the bottom right of the summons, indicating which program you will be required to attend.
  • If you choose to attend the diversion program you must: 1) contact the program agency within 72 hours of receiving your summons; 2) successfully complete the program; 3) submit the Certification of Completion to the Westminster Municipal Court by the appearance date listed on your summons.
  • Successful completion of the program will result in your charge(s) being eligible for dismissal. If you fail to complete the program, you must appear in court at the appearance date and time shown on your summons. 

 

If you have any further questions please contact the Clerk's Office at 303-658-2240 or 303-658-2250.