As a courtesy, before sending the police, the municipal court sends notification letters to people for whom judges have issued bench warrants. Bench warrants are court orders to the police to arrest someone and place them in custody until the court reconvenes. Municipal court warrants are issued for one's failure to appear in court at a scheduled court date as promised in writing, or for their failure to pay a fine by a designated date as promised, or for their failure to comply with other orders of the court. The judge issuing the warrant will set a dollar amount of bail. People must post a bond in the amount of the bail to secure their release from custody. In addition to the bail amount set by the judge, a $20 warrant service fee is imposed by court order on each warrant issued.
There are probably outstanding arrest warrants for those who have missed their court appearance dates. Bail amounts and other information may be obtained by calling the court at (719) 385-6153 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To resolve a warrant, one should appear before a clerk in Room 108 of the municipal court building at 224 East Kiowa Street during normal business hours (8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.), Monday through Friday. If they are less than age 18, their parent or legal guardian must accompany them. If the bail amount on the warrant has been set at two hundred dollars ($200) or less, release may be secured by simply arranging for a new court appearance date.
However, if bail has been set in an amount greater than two hundred dollars ($200) a bond must be posted to secure release from custody. This bond may be posted in different ways: 1) by posting the full amount in cash, either by the defendant or by another person (which is either applied against any future fine imposed by the court or returned in full if all subsequent court appearances and obligations are met), or 2) through the services of a commercial surety bail bonding agency. In this method, the bondsman secures the release of a person from custody and pledges to assure their future appearance before the court. In return, a non-refundable premium is paid to the bail bondsman. The contract between an individual and their bail bondsman is a private matter and not subject to the control of the court. A list of licensed bail bonding agents is printed in the telephone directory.
Outstanding Judgment Warrant (OJW)
Colorado law requires this court to notify the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Revenue (DMV) when a bench warrant is issued for one's failure to appear or comply with conditions of a traffic ticket (or any type of offense if the person is less than 18 years of age). In this instance, DMV will revoke a Colorado drivers license. Also, the law imposes a $30.00 fee in addition to any other warrant fees and costs that might apply. If the person is licensed to drive by another state, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles will initiate license revocation proceedings in that state.