As a courtesy, the Municipal Court sends notification letters to people for whom judges have issued bench warrants. 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 one’s failure to appear in court at a scheduled court date, or for their failure to comply with other orders of the Court. The judge issuing the warrant will set a dollar amount of bail. People must post a bond in the amount of the bail to secure their release from custody. In addition to the bail amount set by the judge, a $50 warrant service fee is imposed by court order on each warrant issued.
Clearing a Warrant
To clear a warrant, you may appear at the Municipal Court Clerk’s window on any Monday or Wednesday morning by 8:15 am. Please let the clerk know you have an active warrant and you would like to be added to the docket.
If you are under the age of 18 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to clear a warrant.
After Hours Clearing a Warrant
If you want to clear a warrant after hours, you will need to turn yourself in at any police department, and you will be required to post a bond in the amount ordered on the warrant. The bond will either be cash or corporate surety bond.
If it is a cash only bond:
• Pay the full amount in cash, either by the defendant or another person (which will either be applied against any future fine imposed by the Court or returned in full if all subsequent court appearances and obligations are met).
If it is a corporate surety bond:
• Through the services of a Surety Bail Bonding Agency. In this method, the bondsman secures the release of a person from custody and pledges to assure their future appearance before the Court. In return, a non-refundable premium is paid to the bail bondsman. The contract between an individual and their bail bondsman is a private matter and not subject to the control of the Court.
Outstanding Judgment Warrant (OJW)
Colorado law requires Municipal Court to notify the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Revenue (DMV) when a bench warrant is issued for a person’s failure to appear or comply with conditions of a traffic ticket. Also, a $30 Outstanding Judgment Warrant Fee will be imposed, in addition to any other fees that might apply. If the person is licensed to drive by another state, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle may initiate license revocation proceedings in that state.
Upon clearing an OJW you will be given an OJW Release. The release indicates the date you satisfied all the conditions of the warrant. The Municipal Court will clear the hold electronically with the Department of Revenue. A follow-up with the Department of Revenue is necessary to determine driver’s license status.