Traffic summonses are issued by a police officer. The copy the officer provides should have a blue color bar on the bottom of the summons. In the middle of the form is a red box which contains a time and place at which an appearance has been scheduled in court. To see a copy of the front or back of the traffic summons, click:
In the red box on the summons is the section code under which you have been charged. If you wish to read that law, you may review the City Code of the City of Colorado Springs
Click and enter the section number as it is written on your summons. (For example, 10.5.104A)
For help with speed violations and Colorado Law, we invite you to take a look at the documentation provided under: "Speeding Tickets in Colorado"
Most traffic violations carry a payable fine amount. This is a fine established by the Court that may be paid by someone who wishes to pay their ticket before their court date rather than appear in court. If your violation is payable, the officer will have indicated the fine amount next to the violation on your copy of the summons. If you choose to pay the fine amount shown on your ticket, the payments constitute a guilty plea to the charge and the points associated with that charge will be reported to the Colorado Department of Revenue ? Motor Vehicle Division. If your driver's license has been issued by another state and that state has a reciprocal agreement with Colorado, they will also receive notification of the penalty points. Accrual of too many penalty points results in the loss of the driver?s license. If the officer wrote ?Court? where the fine amount should be, you have been directed to appear on your designated court date and time.
Certain violations carry a MANDATORY minimum fine established by City Council that cannot be reduced or suspended. Even though the points may be reduced on the original charge through a plea agreement with the City Prosecutor, the fine cannot be changed by the Court.
Current examples of violations that carry a MANDATORY minimum fine include: stop sign violations, red lights, speeding, and driving without insurance. Fines for speeding violations in school zones and construction zones are doubled, and require a MANDATORY appearance in court.
Payments may be made in person by cash, check, money order, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover. To pay from home by credit card, call COURTPAY (24 hours a day) at (719) 385-5999. Send mail payments to Municipal Court, P.O. Box 2169, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901-2169. Payment of traffic citations through on-line services are presently under construction. Please check back for this upcoming addition.
The Court Appearance
The first time one appears in this court they are normally offered an opportunity to speak with a prosecuting attorney before they appear before the judge at a traffic arraignment. A script may be read entitled, "Traffic Arraignment". In order to resolve the matter without the necessity of a trial, the prosecutor may offer a plea bargain -- a negotiated sentence in return for a plea of guilty. If such an offer is made, one is not required to accept it.
If one wants to exercise their rights to stand trial and require the government to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, the court will schedule a trial at a mutually agreeable later date. Trials are generally scheduled three weeks after the initial court appearance.
One may enter a plea of not guilty and ask for a trial even if they think they might have committed the offense charged. The words 'not guilty' are legalese for saying "I want to exercise my constitutional rights and require the government to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt".
Those who have been charged with failure to provide proof of compulsory insurance should bring proof of insurance with them to court. As a convenience, if insurance was properly in effect at the time the summons was issued, the compulsory insurance charge may be resolved by the court referee anytime before the scheduled appearance date. Whether the appearance is made before the referee, or before the judge on the scheduled court date, one should provide proper proof of insurance. A timely letter from the insurance agent is the best proof of insurance.
Rescheduling The Court Appearance
Those who opt not to pay the summons and yet cannot appear in court on the date indicated should come to the Violations Bureau in Room 108 of the courthouse before the appearance date to obtain a new appearance date.
Court scheduling cannot be handled by telephone because the law requires the court to maintain a signed promise to appear for all individual court appearances. When one signs their traffic summons in front of the police officer, they have filed such a promise with the court. By law, any change must also be in writing.
Failure to either timely pay a traffic summons in full or appear in court when scheduled will result in the issuance of a warrant for one's arrest.For further information, contact the court at (719) 385-5928, or