Municipal Ordinance Violations Attorney in Denver, Colorado
Traffic tickets, Solicitation, and Shoplifting are but a few of the many Municipal Ordinance Violations where, if charged, you may be required to appear in a City or Municipal Court.
City ordinance violations are handled very differently than misdemeanor or felony criminal charges in County/Districts courts. The Municipal Court will hear only cases within its jurisdiction and for violations with punishments no more severe than misdemeanor offenses. Because municipal ordinance violation cases are typically resolved within 90 days, it is important to consult a lawyer quickly to start preparing your case.
Municipal Ordinance Violation Representation
I have been a municipal judge and a prosecutor in municipal courts and I know the municipal court process. Your criminal history or lack of a criminal history is often the deciding factor for effective resolution of a municipal ordinance violation charge. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I work to diminish prior offenses or call attention to a good record to ensure that my client receives the most favorable disposition possible. I will seek the most desirable disposition options such as a dismissal, obtaining a Deferred Judgment or possibly the Diversion program which are eligible for Sealing upon completion of the terms of probation.
Philip M. Smith • Denver Area Attorney
Municipal Ordinance Violations
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Deferred Judgment and Diversion in Colorado
Deferred Judgment is accepting a guilty plea and successfully completing probation without violations within the specified time. Upon completion, the plea is withdrawn and the case is dismissed.
Diversion is a program that allows the defendant to avoid jail or pleading guilty. If the defendant meets the requirements of the program and successfully completes the requirements of Diversion, the case is dismissed.
Both Deferred Judgment and Diversion cases can be considered for Sealing immediately upon dismissal. The case will no longer be visible to the public An arrest and dismissal can also be sealed.
Colorado Municipal Ordinance Violations
Municipal Ordinances are city rules or regulations. These violations include:
Municipal Ordinance Violation Sentences and Property Seizures
In most cities, the maximum penalty for a municipal ordinance violation conviction is the same, regardless of the specific violation. And in most cities, the maximum penalty is up to a maximum of 1 year in jail or a fine of up to $1000. However, an individual could also face seizure of specific property, such as an automobile, firearms and knives or other property involved in the violation.
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Denver Colorado Attorney Philip M. Smith
Municipal Court Consequences
If you plead guilty you give up your right to a trial and the case cannot be sealed. You must pay court costs. You will be sentenced to community service, classes, and possibly jail.
Out of State Residents
If you have been involved in a traffic accident or other municipal violations in Colorado, it may not be necessary to return for court appearances if you have proper legal representation. I can attend to all court matters in your behalf.
Contact My Law Office
If you have been charged with a Colorado Municipal Ordinance Violation, or if you have questions about Ordinance Violations, I encourage you to contact me, Denver Colroado Defense Lawyer Philip M. Smith, 303-333-8900 today for a free and confidential initial consultation.