If you fail to appear as required by a summons you received or as ordered by the court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You may be arrested at any time, by any law enforcement agency. If the court issues a warrant for your arrest, you will be charged an additional fee (warrant fee). If you have posted bond to guarantee your appearance, your bond will be forfeited.
In some cases, the court may also issue a Default Judgment if you fail to appear in court. A default judgment as the same legal effect as you pleading guilty or being convicted at trial. The Judge will assess a fine and impose court costs, all outstanding money due will be sent to a collection agency. The collection agency will charge you an additional fee on top of what you to the court.
If a default judgment is entered in a traffic case, the City will report the violation to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles and the points will be assessed against your driver’s license. Your license will be suspended if you accumulate too many points from traffic tickets.
If you were insured on the date and time you received your ticket, you must provide a letter from your insurance company to have this charge dismissed. This letter must be on the insurance company’s letterhead and clearly confirm that you were insured on the date and at the time you received the summons. Additionally, the letter must reference the make, model and VIN # of the insured automobile you were driving when you received the summons.
The court CANNOT accept insurance cards or declaration pages to prove insurance coverage.
If the only charge on your summons is no proof of insurance and you are able to obtain this letter, you may provide it to the court BEFORE your scheduled court date. If your case is dismissed, you will not have to appear. This applies to adults only. If you are a juvenile (under 18 years of age), it is mandatory that you appear in court.
If your summons is for no proof of insurance AND any other violation, you must appear on your scheduled date and time. If you do not bring a letter from your insurance company that complies with the court’s requirements, your case will be continued and you will be required to come back to court with a letter.
Please check your summons. Northglenn police officers can issue tickets in Municipal Court and Adams County Court. If your summons was written by a Northglenn Police Officer and states that you are to appear at the Northglenn Justice Center, 50 W. Community Center Drive, then you have received a Municipal Court charge. If your summons states that you are to appear in Adams County Combined Court located at 1100 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton, then you have received a County ticket. You can contact Adams County at 303.659.1161.