Bench warrants are court orders to the police to arrest someone and place them in custody until the court reconvenes. Municipal court warrants are issued for failure to appear in court at a scheduled court date as promised in writing, or for failure to comply with other orders of the court. The judge issuing the warrant will set a dollar amount of bail. In addition to the bail amount set by the judge, a $50 warrant fee is imposed by court order on each warrant issued. A bond must be posted in the amount of the bail to secure release from custody.
To take care of a warrant, you should appear at the municipal court building at 3030 Turnpike Drive on any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Your case will be called after all scheduled cases are heard.
If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.
You may post the bond by:
- Posting the full amount in cash, either by the defendant or by another person (this amount may be applied against any future fine imposed by the court or returned in full if all subsequent court appearances and obligations are met), or
- Through the services of a commercial surety bail bonding agency.
Colorado law requires the Division of Motor Vehicle to cancel your driver's license when an Outstanding/Judgment Warrant is issued for your failure to appear or comply with conditions of a traffic summons (or any type of offense if the person is less than 18 years of age). An Outstanding/Judgement Warrant fee of $30 will be added to the amount due to the court. To reinstate your driver's license, the Division of Motor Vehicles will impose additional fees and costs. If you are licensed to drive in another state, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle will initiate license revocation proceedings in that state.