Municipal Ordinance Violations In Aurora

From Denver to Durango, every city in the State of Colorado maintains ordinances and codes to control how most things are done within their border.  Aurora has ordinances controlling how the grass in your lawn should be kept, Denver has a traffic code, Blackhawk as an ordinance dealing with firearms, and various other cities have various other ordinances.  If you violate a city ordinance, you will be forced to appear in a Municipal Court.  

How Are Municipal Ordinance Violations different?

Municipalities also have their own criminal codes.  The municipal code is typically considered less serious than a misdemeanor and involve a lowered amount of criminal conduct.  Assault pursuant to the Denver Municipal code does not require the proof of injury.  Misdemeanor assault requires the prosecution to prove the assault injured the victim.

The state criminal code and most municipal code violations are similar.  It is not unusual for a defendant to not realize the they are facing a municipal ordinance violation. 

Are the procedures the same?

The procedures are similar, but they are not the same.  For example, speedy trial in municipal courts is only 90 days as opposed to six months in state courts.  Additionally, an individual does not automatically have a right to a jury trial in municipal courts.  In order to have a jury, the defendant will be required to pay a fee (usually $25) and provide a written request. You should always pay the fee and request a jury

What are the possible punishments for a municipal ordinance violation?

Municipal ordinance violations still carry serious consequences.  The possible penalties vary from city to city, and Colorado has a lot of cities.  Typically, an individual can be fined up to $2,500.  In addition to a fine, most criminal municipal ordinance violations carry a possible jail sentence of up to one year.  Municipal ordinance violations can also qualify as crimes of domestic violence, and domestic violence allegations can force defendants from their houses and prevent individuals from owning firearms.  Municipalities can also place individuals on probation. 

If you or a loved one are charged with a municipal ordinance violation do not hesitate to call the Lawrence Law Firm for a free consultation.  Mr. Lawrence regularly appears in Aurora and Denver Municipal Court and has the experience needed to provide a strong criminal defense to your case.  All consultations are free and Mr. Lawrence will take the time to listen to the facts of your case, explain the law, and detail the options available to you.

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