In Fort Collins, if you get a traffic violation, misdemeanor ticket, or civil infraction summons
, your case will be handled in Municipal Court. The Fort Collins Police, Colorado State University Police, Animal Control, and other city departments can issue a ticket or summons, which may require you to appear in Fort Collins Municipal Court. Many feel Municipal Court is not as serious as County Court. However, that is not the case. Misdemeanor tickets are issued for criminal offenses. For Municipal misdemeanor cases, the City of Fort Collins can sentence you to a maximum fine of $1,000, 6 months in jail, or both. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help keep you out of jail and protect your future.
[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”100%”]While it may seem easier to plead to a misdemeanor violation, remember, the offense will stay on your record.
Common Municipal Court Crimes
Here are some of the common offenses people in Fort Collins get ticketed for. Click on each offense to learn more about the city code and its corresponding violation.
- Sec. 17-36 Theft
- Sec. 17-39 Criminal Mischief
- Sec. 17-40 Trespass | Trespassing
- Sec. 17-41 Littering
- Sec. 17-45 Damage to Public Property
- Sec. 17-63 Interference with Public Officer | Police Officer
- Sec. 17-64 Resisting Arrest
- Sec. 17-101 Discharging of Weapons
- Sec. 17-121 Disturbing the Peace
- Sec. 17-124 Disorderly Conduct
- Sec. 17-126 Harassment
- Sec. 17-141 Carrying or Drinking Liquor in Certain Places
- Sec. 17-142 Public Indecency
- Sec. 17-191 Consumption and Possession of Marijuana
Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Municipal Charges
Many times, the Fort Collins City Attorney will offer a deal where you plead guilty to your ticketed offense and pay a fine. While it may seem easier to plead to a misdemeanor violation, remember, the offense will stay on your record. It’s important to hire a knowledgeable lawyer who can fight to get your charges dismissed or an acquittal at trial. You can be set free from these charges.
If you or a loved one has been ticket for a Municipal Code Violation, be smart, exercise your
right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the
O’Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 970-658-0007.
Together, we can protect your future.