Plea by Mail and Out of State Defendants
Use the following forms if you intend to enter a Plea by Mail or if you cannot attend court because you live out of the state of Colorado.
Note: All pages of the Plea and Advisement of rights MUST be signed and returned before your court date for the Court to accept your plea. If paperwork is not received, you are expected to appear in person. If you fail to appear, it is possible the Judge could order a bench warrant for your arrest.
Plea paperwork can be sent by the follow methods:
Email: email@example.com *Preferred
Mail: 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Always contact the Court to ensure that your paperwork has been received before your court date if you have not received any confirmation of that from Court staff.
If you have either had your guilty/no contest plea paperwork received by Court staff or actually had the phone pre-trial conference with the Prosecutor, contact the Court if you have not received any letter/paperwork back from the Court within three (3) weeks of that date to follow up on the status of the case. Failure to follow up with your case can result in negative action being taken by the Judge.
You may enter a plea of guilty With this you may include a written statement explaining any extenuating circumstances to the Judge. It must be returned to the Court prior to your court date. The Judge will review your plea on your court date. You will then be contacted by the method you requested on your plea with any penalties imposed. You will be found guilty, as that is your plea. Click here to print a plea of guilty.
You may enter a plea of not guilty It must be returned to the Court prior to your court date. You will be set for a telephone pretrial conference with the Prosecutor. Court staff will email a setting notice with the name of the Prosecutor, the phone number to call, and the date/time of the pre-trial conference. As it is a court date, it is your responsibility to contact the Prosecutor at that arranged time. Phone pre-trial conferences are typically set the third Tuesday of the month, which is a normal court date. You will attempt to come to a consensus with the Prosecutor. If an agreement is reached, it will be reviewed by the Judge and you will be contacted by the method you requested on your plea with any penalties imposed. If you fail to reach an agreement with the Prosecutor your case will be set for trial. You must appear in person for a trial. Click here to print a plea of not guilty.
You may enter a plea of no contest or no lo contendere to the charge. It must be returned to the Court prior to your court date. This plea is subject to approval by the Judge based upon such things as a previously good record and the nature of the charge/case. For the purposes of sentencing, a no contest plea is the same as guilty plea. With this you may include a written statement explaining any extenuating circumstances to the Judge. The Judge will review your plea on your court date. You will then be contacted by the method you requested on your plea with any penalties imposed. The court record would reflect that you plead no contest to the charge and your disposition would be no contest. Click here to print a plea of no contest.
Option 4 - For No Proof Of Insurance Cases Only
You have a traffic citation with multiple charges including one for No Proof of Insurance - but you had valid insurance at the time of the citation. You may choose one of the options from above for the traffic charge and include the proof of insurance that was valid with your plea. As long as the insurance was valid at the time of the citation, this charge should be dismissed by the Judge. You do not need to send in a plea on the No Proof of Insurance charge, you just need to provide the Court with proof of coverage. Please contact the court if you have any questions related to this.