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Criminal Citation Information

This is an explanation of the different types of citations and how they affect the recipient. As noted on other Campus Police pages, the Fort Lewis College Police Department employs Level I Peace Officers with arrest powers. The officers at Fort Lewis are cross-commissioned with both the city of Durango and La Plata County, giving them some of the broadest coverage of any peace officers in the area. In short, this means that if there is a law written at ANY level of government (except federal), Fort Lewis police officers are empowered to enforce it. 

 A municipal citation may be issued for violations of Municipal Criminal Offenses statutes. This type of citation is a multiple form, of which you will ALWAYS receive the pink copy. The best way to tell this type of citation from a county citation is to look at the title at the top. These citations may consist of a fine, or may require you to appear in municipal court to enter a plea. If you are required to appear in municipal court and fail to do so, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Fort Lewis College police officers CAN and WILL execute an arrest warrant. If you show up to municipal court and plead "Guilty", the municipal court judge will sentence you. ALL municipal charges/citations are MISDEMEANOR or PETTY offenses. Felonies are not charged into municipal court. Sentences generally consist of a fine and/or jail time, and possibly community service as well. If you show up to municipal court and plead "Not Guilty", a trial will be set up at a later date. The police officer who issued your citation will act as the prosecutor in a municipal court trial. You may have legal representation (a lawyer) if you wish, but you are not required to for most charges. The majority of citations issued by Fort Lewis College police officers fall in this category.

 A county citation may be issued for violations of Colorado Revised Statutes. This type of citation is a multiple form, of which you will ALWAYS receive the pink copy. The best way to tell these citations from a municipal citation is to look at the title at the top. These citations may consist of a fine, or may require you to appear in county court to enter a plea. If you are required to appear in county court and fail to do so, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Fort Lewis College police officers CAN and WILL execute an arrest warrant. If you show up to county court and plead "Guilty", the county court judge will sentence you. County court charges may be petty, misdemeanor or felony offenses.  County court citations are generally reserved for serious violations. A trial in county court will often be a fully formal affair, with lawyers representing both the prosecution and the defense, and possibly a jury, at the defendants option. Convictions in this court can result in VERY serious consequences, up to and including life imprisonment or the death penalty, however these are for serious felonies only. If you received a county court citation and were then released, it was for a misdemeanor offense, and sentencing upon conviction will be appropriate to the crime committed.

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