Denver County Court


An officer may arrest a person when probable cause exists to believe that person committed an offense. A police officer does not need a warrant to arrest someone he believes committed a crime. When the police arrest someone, they can “direct file” the case with the Court or place the person on “investigative hold”. In either event, one of three things can happen:

  1. The defendant is released if the prosecutor decides not to file charges.
  2. The defendant posts bail (also called a “bond“) and is released to appear in court at a later date. If this happens, the Sheriff’s Department will give the defendant paperwork telling them when to appear in court.
  3. The defendant stays in jail until the next available court sessions. Sheriff’s officers transport the defendant to court.