Serving the citizens of Clear Creek, Eagle, Summit and Lake Counties

Guilty Plea by Mail

A request for a guilty plea by mail is an acknowledgment that a hardship exists which will prevent you from personally appearing in court and that you are willing to resolve your case through a guilty plea and sentencing through the mail. If you have information or proof that you were in compliance with the law on the date in question you will need to include that information along with your request for a plea agreement.

The District Attorney’s Office has the discretion to accept or deny your request for a guilty plea by mail. If your case is accepted for a plea by mail you may resolve your case without having to appear in court. Please note, a charitable donation or community service is required to complete the plea by mail process with our office. After your case is accepted you will be mailed additional information as well as a written plea offer. Review the offer, sign and date the document explaining your legal rights and your acceptance of the written offer and return this information to the District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible, along with a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.

THE PLEA BY MAIL PROCESS MAY TAKE UP TO 4-8 WEEKS FROM THE DATE THE REQUEST IS RECEIVED IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO THE TIME THE COURT ACCEPTS THE PLEA OFFER. IF THERE IS A PENDING COURT DATE IN YOUR CASE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO APPEAR AT THE COURT DATE OR MAKE SURE THE COURT DATE IS CONTINUED. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN COURT.

You may contact the court at the numbers listed below to request a continuance. If you decide not to accept the plea that was offered you must appear at your scheduled court date.

Clear Creek County Court: (303) 679-4220
Eagle County Court: (970) 328-6373
Eagle County Court at El Jebel: (970) 704-2740
Lake County Court: (719) 293-8100
Summit County Court: (970) 453-2272

Plea by Mail Request Form [click to download]

You ARE eligible for a plea by mail if you:

  1. Reside outside of the State of Colorado or live more than 100 miles of the courthouses in Summit, Clear Creek or Lake Counties or more than 200 miles from the Eagle County courthouse (depending on which court you are supposed to appear in);
  2. Have been charged with a traffic offense; and
  3. Are willing to pay the $150 charitable donation or perform community service, and plead guilty pursuant to the plea offer extended to you by the district attorney. Please note, the court will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to accept your plea by mail and your sentence.

You are NOT eligible for a plea by mail if you: NOTE: Driving Related Alcohol/Drug Related Offenses (DUI/DWAI) are NOT available for plea by mail.

  1. Reside within 100 miles of the Summit, Clear Creek or Lake County courthouse or within 200 miles of the Eagle County courthouse (depending on which court you are supposed to appear in);
  2. Were cited with a traffic infraction;
  3. Were cited for Driving Under Restraint and your license has not been reinstated;
  4. Were charged with a misdemeanor or felony;
  5. Have been charged with a crime which carries a mandatory jail sentence;
  6. Have additional charges pending within the 5th Judicial District;
  7. You have failed to appear at your scheduled court date; or
  8. Wish to resolve a case involving a violation or failure to comply with the terms of your probation or deferred sentence agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How can I get a plea by mail? » 2. What information should I include with my request for a plea by mail? » 3. What will happen if my plea by mail is accepted? » 4. Will the court take a check for payment of costs and fines? » 5. What will happen if my plea by mail is denied? » 6. How long can the plea by mail process take? » 7. What if I have not heard from your office before my court date? » 8. What if my court date passed before I obtain a plea by mail? » 9. What is my case number? » 10. What is my citation number? » 11. What if my case is a traffic infraction or a penalty assessment ticket?? »

Fill out the Plea by Mail form which you can find a link for on this page. Mail it to the appropriate district attorney’s office.
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State why you believe you are eligible for a plea by mail and any extenuating circumstances you believe the district attorney’s office should take into consideration when determining a plea offer. Also attach any documentation you believe is relevant, such as proof of insurance, vehicle registration or proof of eligibility to obtain a license to drive in Colorado. You must attach a copy of your ticket. If you do not have a copy you must get one from either the agency that issued you the ticket or from the court. You may be charged a fee to obtain a copy of your ticket.
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If your application is accepted, you will be sent a plea offer from the District Attorney’s Office with instructions regarding how to make the charitable donation or perform community service. If you wish to accept the plea offer you will need to review the paperwork, sign where required and mail it back (along with payments for any fines) to the court for the county in which you received the ticket. If you decide not to accept the district attorney’s plea offer you must appear in court.
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Yes the court does accept checks for payment of costs and fines.
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You will be notified by our office that your plea by mail is denied. If your case is not accepted you will need to appear in court as scheduled.
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It can take between 4-8 weeks from the date your request is received in our office.
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Our office CANNOT continue your court date. If you have an upcoming court date it is YOUR responsibility to either appear at the court date or get the court date continued. Failure to do so may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.
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If you paperwork does not arrive at the court by your court date a warrant will likely be issued for your arrest. The warrant will remain active until your case is resolved. You should complete the paperwork and mail it in to the court. There may be an additional warrant fee to fully resolve your case. You should contact the court to make sure your warrant is resolved and make sure that they will notify the Colorado Department of Revenue to release any hold on your license. During the time your warrant is active you may also be arrested. If you initially posted a bond you should contact your bondsperson as your bond may be forfeited and you may be required to post a new bond.
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Your case number is the court’s docket number. It is not the same as the number on your ticket. You may contact the court to obtain your case number.
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That is the number which is imprinted on your ticket.
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Our office does not prosecute traffic infractions or penalty assessment tickets. A traffic infraction or penalty assessment ticket are low level traffic tickets that only carry a fine. If you are not sure if you have a traffic infraction you may call the appropriate court to find out. You must contact the court to try to resolve traffic infractions.
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