Find out if weather is affecting your court date. The Colorado Judicial Brach posts announcements, closures, and delays to their website.
El Paso and Teller County courts are still open and but are now operating on an emergency basis. Courthouse visitors have been restricted and many cases are now being rescheduled, although questions about specific court appearances should be directed to the division the case is assigned to. Division phone numbers can be accessed here. Jurors are still ordered to honor their summons but may submit a postponement request if they are experiencing symptoms or are at risk for serious illness.
The Colorado Supreme Court has ordered that certain cases and court proceedings may not be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
- Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and pennanent protection order hearings;
- Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders;
- Crim.P. Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail;
- Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;
- Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals;
- Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases;
- Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
- Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
- Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and
- Emergency mental health proceedings.
You can view the Chief Judge’s order in its entirety by clicking here.
The Colorado Judicial Branch provides a state-wide docket search that can be used to locate future court dates. To use the index, simply enter the party’s full name or case number.
Every year, the Colorado Supreme Court publishes a set of model jury instructions that are used by most judges in Colorado. These instructions contain the elements of common criminal charges, defenses, and standards that a jury has to follow in reaching a verdict. The latest edition of these instructions can be downloaded here.
Alcohol and drug treatment classes are a typically required by the DMV to reinstate a license suspended due to an alcohol-related driving offense. They are also ordered as a statutory condition of any probationary sentence imposed by a Court. You can access a useful guide for understanding the two most common education and treatment courses, level I and II, here.
The Office of Behavioral Heath certifies organizations authorized to provide alcohol treatment and therapy throughout Colorado. The Colorado Ladders program offers an easy-to-use referral network for locating an authorized provider. You can access that network here.
DUI Care is a free resource that provides guidance for navigating the DUI/DWAI process and finding discounted services for the non-legal aspects of an alcohol-related driving charge. They can assist with setting up an interlock ignition device, obtaining SR-22 insurance, and registering for alcohol education classes. To have a representative contact you regarding your case click here.
This page links to Colorado’s DUI and DWAI statutes as set forth in C.R.S. 42-4-1301.
If the DMV does revoke your license, you can apply for early reinstatement via this form.
- First Excess BAC 0.08 Driving Offense On or After 1/1/2014
- Repeat Offenders and Refusal of Chemical Testing for Any Suspected Substance on or After 1/1/2014
- Application for Reinstatement Form DR2870
- Alcohol Certification Form DR2598
- Affidavit of Enrollment Form DR2643
- Ignition Interlock Affidavit Form DR2058
Other links you may find useful regarding reinstatement:
The Department of Motor Vehicles has authorized four vendor to install ignition interlock devices in Colorado. You can find the list along with their individual websites here.
The Department of Revenue website provides information about Colorado’s Express Consent law. This includes timelines for license restraints associated with DUI/DWAI arrests which can be viewed here.
The MADD victim impact panel is a required condition of probation for almost all first DUI/DWAI offenses. The MADD website lists victim impact panel times and locations throughout Colorado. The class costs $50 and lasts about 2 hours.
SR-22 insurance is a document your insurance company files with the state to prove you’re covered by the minimum car insurance required to legally drive. The insurance provider then reports any lapses in coverage to the DMV. Most insurance carries provide SR-22 insurance for an additional fee. If yours does not, you can compare rates here. If you have additional questions about SR-22 insurance, you can download a useful guide here.
You can search for an inmate held in the Colorado Department of Corrections by clicking here.