- Court Appearance
The Firestone Municipal Court serves as the judiciary branch of the Firestone Town government. The Court has jurisdiction over minor traffic violations, petty criminal activity and municipal code violations.
The Firestone Municipal Court sessions are held on Fridays once a month beginning approximately at 9:00 a.m. Please call the court concerning specific court dates or questions.
Municipal Court Information
Presiding Judge: Judge Paul Basso
Town Prosecutor: Andy Ausmus, 303-694-4248
Court Clerk's Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Clerk is available to accept payment of fines or answer questions during these hours.
Municipal Court Clerk: Beverly Medina, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Firestone Municipal Court is housed within Town Hall, 151 Grant Ave., Firestone, CO 80520
Directions to Municipal Court: From Interstate 25 and Colo. Highway 119 (Exit 240), go east on 119 for 2 miles, which becomes Firestone Boulevard. Turn right and go south on Colorado Boulevard for 3 miles. Turn left right past Safeway at the stop light onto Grant Avenue. Go 1 block, proceed through the intersection and Firestone Town Hall is directly on your left. A tan building with blue roof.
Appearance in Municipal Court
Preparation: Court procedures can be lengthy and tiring for young children, so please leave small children with a sitter. Be prepared to take care of court business the day you are attending court, and bring any and all documentation you might need such as proof of car insurance, etc.
Attire: You should be dressed in appropriate professional attire. Clothing should be clean and neat. Hats are not allowed in the Courtroom (muscle shirts, crop tops, cut offs, short shorts or similar attire are not permitted). Individuals dressed inappropriately may be asked to return home to change clothing or be held in contempt.
Check-In: Plan to arrive at Court no later than 8:30 a.m. on the date of your appearance. Arriving in a timely manner is important in order for you to go through the check-in procedure and hear the advisement given prior to the actual start of Court.
Representation: You may represent yourself through all the proceedings of Municipal Court. You may want to obtain legal advice from an attorney before you appear in court.
Fines/Payment: You should be prepared to pay fines and costs at the time of your court appearance. The court will accept payment in the form of checks, money orders, cash, or credit cards.
Legal advice: Court staff is not allowed to give out legal advice, please seek legal advice from an attorney.
Prohibited: Smoking, food, or drinks are not allowed in the Courtroom.
If there is an early payment discount option on your traffic summons, you may mail the plea amount to the court or bring it to the court office during office hours. If you mail the payment, you must return your pink copy signed and dated. By signing and dating the summons, you are entering a guilty plea, accepting the points noted on your summons, and waiving the rights listed on the back of your summons. If you choose to pay in person, you must bring your copy of the summons to the court office. You have until 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to your court hearing to accept the early payment discount if applicable.
If you are not given an early payment plan on your summons, appearance in court is mandatory. Cases are called on a first come, first serve basis. The court begins check-in at approximately 8:30 a.m.
If your summons includes a No Proof of Insurance violation your appearance is mandatory. Your insurance company must provide proof of insurance to the court prior to your court appearance. This may be mailed to the address on the back of your summons or FAXED to 303-531-6271. Proof of insurance must include confirmation that the vehicle and driver were covered for the date and time the violation was received. Note: Your insurance company must provide the proof of insurance. Proof from any other source will not be accepted. This will delay the final disposition of your case and a new court date will be scheduled.
If you fail to appear in court, a warrant for your arrest and/or a hold on your driver's license may be issued.
You may be eligible for a payment plan you will need to see the Court Clerk. There is a choice of $25 to establish a payment plan. If payments are not made per the plan established, your file could go back to the judge for a warrant and/or a hold on your driver's license.
Cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted types of payments.
An arraignment is your first appearance in court after you have been issued a summons. All general summons have a mandatory court appearance. The date and time of your arraignment is written on the front of your summons at the time it is issued. You will be given an opportunity to speak with the Prosecuting Attorney at your arraignment if you so desire.
The judge will ask for a plea at your arraignment. If you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest, sentencing most likely will be completed at this time. If you plead Not Guilty your case will be reset to a future court date for a pre-trial conference or a trial.
Tickets are to be paid 20 days after the summons is issued. They can either be mailed or paid at the court/police department window. If the summons is not paid by the due date, a $15 late charge will be added to the summons. If you want to protest the ticket, you must call 303-833-0811 or come to the court window and set a pre-trial conference to speak with the Prosecuting Attorney concerning your summons.