Denver County Court

Criminal Hearings


Criminal cases have various stages of proceedings set and heard by the Court. Listed below are customary hearings for municipal ordinance violations, petty offenses, and misdemeanor matters:

Arraignment: The defendant is brought before the Court to plead to the charges in the summons and complaint.

Disposition/Plea Hearing: The prosecuting attorney and defense discuss the possibility of disposing of a case prior to trial.

Motions: An oral or written request made by a party to the Court for a ruling or order directing some act or action to be performed.

Court Trial: There is no Jury and a Judge or Magistrate determines both the issues of law and the facts of the case. The Judge or Magistrate will determine the guilt or innocence and impose sentence.

Jury Trial: The case is presented to a Jury and the factual questions and the final judgment are determined by a Jury.

Sentencing: The punishment imposed by the judicial officer. A sentence could include, but not limited to, fines, costs, fees, jail time, probation, behavior modification classes, and community service. Sentencing can occur immediately after a finding or plea of guilty, or can be scheduled for a later date.

Review Hearings: A hearing to review the sentencing compliance status of a defendant.

Probation Show Cause Hearing: A hearing to review the non-compliance of a defendant on probation prior to probation being revoked.

Probation Revocation Hearing:  A hearing to determine if defendant should remain on probation, have their probation terms modified, or have their probation revoked and be sent to jail.