Bench warrants are court orders for police to arrest someone and place them in custody until the court reconvenes. Municipal court warrants are issued for failure to appear in court at a scheduled court date, or for failure to comply with other orders of the court.
The judge issuing the warrant will set a dollar amount for the bond. In addition to the bond amount set by the judge, a warrant fee is imposed by court order on each warrant issued. Individuals must post a bond to secure their release from custody. All Lakewood Municipal Court warrants issued may be enforceable by law enforcement agencies within the state of Colorado.
A bond must be posted on a bench warrant to secure release from custody. You may post the bond yourself or through a surety.
By posting the full amount in cash, either by the defendant or by another person, this amount may be applied against any future fine imposed by the court, or the money might be returned in full if all subsequent court appearances and obligations are met.
Please contact the Lakewood Marshal Division for bonding procedures.
To resolve any warrant, you should appear at the Municipal Court Violations Bureau (see below schedule for possible appearance times). Attempts will be made to schedule your appearance in front of an available judge. If we are unable to schedule your appearance with an available judge, you may be required to post a cash bond. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.
- Traffic/Animal Control cases - Monday through Thursday at 8 am.
- Adult Criminal cases - Monday through Thursday at 9 am or 1 pm.
- Juvenile Criminal cases - Monday through Thursday at 2 pm.
Limited court availability on Friday. Please contact the Lakewood Marshals Division for additional information regarding warrants.
Colorado law requires the Division of Motor Vehicle to suspend your driver’s license when a warrant is issued for your failure to appear or comply with conditions of a traffic summons (or any type of offense if the person is less than 18 years of age). Additional fees may be incurred to reinstate your driver’s license. If you are licensed to drive in another state, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle will initiate license revocation proceedings in that state.