Traffic Court

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motorcycle patrolTraffic summonses are issued by a police officer. Your copy may have a blue color bar on the bottom of the handwritten summons or the e-citation summons.  The middle of either form 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:

City of Colorado Springs Traffic Handwritten Summons 

City of Colorado Springs E-Citation Summons

The Law

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.

Enter the section number as it is written or contained on your summons. (For example, 10.5.104A) 

Before Court

Most traffic violations carry a payable fine amount. This is a fine established by the Court that may be paid before the court date rather than appear in court. If the 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 payment constitutes a guilty plea to the charge.  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 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 at the court by cash, check, money order, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover. To pay from home by credit card, choose Online Payments.  Otherwise, send mail payments to Municipal Court, P.O. Box 2169, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80901-2169. 

The Court Appearance

The first time you appear in this court, you are normally offered an opportunity to speak with a prosecuting attorney before appearing before the judge at a Traffic Arraignment.

In order to resolve the matter without the necessity of a trial, the prosecutor may offer a plea agreement -- a negotiated sentence in return for a plea of guilty. If such an offer is made, you are not required to accept it. If you want to exercise your right to stand trial and require the Prosecution Division to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, the court will schedule a trial at a mutually agreeable later date.

Trials are generally scheduled six weeks after the initial court appearance.  You 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 Prosecution Division to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you have been charged with failure to provide proof of compulsory insurance, you 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 with the court referee anytime before the scheduled appearance date.

A timely letter from the insurance agent which includes that agent's contact information is the best proof of insurance.

Rescheduling The Court Appearance

If you opt not to pay the summons and yet cannot appear in court on the date indicated, you should visit 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 you sign a traffic summons in front of the police officer, you have made such a promise to appear 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 an arrest warrant.  For further information, contact the court at (719) 385-5928, or

E-mail the court: mcourt@springsgov.com

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