House Bill 16-1309 – “Right To Counsel In Municipal Court”

Concerning a defendant’s right to counsel in certain cases considered by municipal courts.

Summary:

At the time of first appearance on a municipal charge, if the defendant is in custody and the charged offense includes a possible sentence of incarceration, the court shall appoint counsel to represent the defendant for purposes of the initial appearance unless, after a full advisement, the defendant makes a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of his or her right to counsel.

If the defendant remains in custody, the appointment of counsel continues until the defendant is released from custody. If the defendant is released from custody, he or she may apply for court-appointed counsel, and the court shall appoint counsel if the court determines that the defendant is indigent and the charged offense includes a possible sentence of incarceration.

Sponsors:

Senator Vicki Marble | Representative Susan Lontine

Signed on June 11th 2016 @ 9:15am By: Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (Speaker of The House of Representatives) ; Bill L. Cadman (President of The Senate) ; Marilyn Eddins (Chief Clerk of The House of Representatives) ; Effie Ameen (Secretary of The Senate) ; John W. Hickenlooper (Governor of The State of Colorado)

Paid for by Marble for Senate District 23.
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