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District Court Division
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District Court Division

About the District Court Division

Has original jurisdiction over all felony cases in the 20th Judicial District. The District Attorney’s Office first becomes involved in a criminal action on the day after a person is arrested for a felony crime or when the police refer a case to the DA’s office for a filing decision on felony charges.

The day after a person is arrested or when the police refer a case to our office, investigators gather all police reports and witness statements concerning the crime, run computerized criminal histories and determine if the police agencies need to do further investigation. This information is provided to the charging Deputy District Attorneys who decide if the information provided constitutes a violation of the criminal laws. If the filing deputies believe that a felony crime has been committed by the suspect, the case is filed in court, and a Deputy District Attorney is assigned to prosecute the case.

Certain cases are primarily assigned to prosecutors who have areas of specialization. The current areas of specialization are:

  • Sexual Offenses
    • Sex Assault Division. A subset of the district court felony division, the sex assault division is devoted to the prosecution of sex crimes. The division is staffed by experienced Deputy District Attorneys, who have specialized knowledge and training in the prosecution of sex offenses and a Victim Advocate assigned solely to work with sex assault survivors. The Division’s goal is to appropriately hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, while at the same time focusing on the needs of sex assault survivors and helping them through the criminal justice system.
  • Offenses involving fraud or embezzlement (Economic Crime)
  • Major drug trafficking cases.

The prosecution of a case may include plea negotiations that can lead to a plea agreement, wherein the defendant enters a plea of guilty to a particular charge or charges. The deputy has an opportunity to recommend both a type of sentence and terms and conditions of the sentence to the judge.

The person ultimately responsible for the sentencing of a defendant who has pled guilty or been convicted at trial is the judge presiding over the case. Unless limited by a plea agreement, the judge has broad discretion in the range of sentences that may be imposed on a defendant.

The court may send a defendant to prison or to a community half-way house. If sent to a half-way house, the court may grant probation with terms or conditions that must be followed as a condition of the probation.

If a defendant fails to follow the sentencing orders of the court, he or she will be brought back in front of the judge for a hearing in order to determine if the defendant did fail to comply with the orders.

If the judge finds that the defendant violated the orders, they can be re-sentenced and new conditions may be imposed.

The person ultimately responsible for the sentencing of a defendant who has pled guilty or has been convicted at trial is the Judge. The Judge has a tremendous amount of discretion in the range of sentences that may be imposed upon a conviction. Many offenders are required to serve sentences in the community. Courts may grant probation or sentence defendants to half way houses requiring many varied terms or conditions that must be followed. If a defendant fails to follow the sentencing orders of the court, he or she will be brought back in front of the judge for a hearing on whether they failed to do what was ordered and if the judge finds that they violated the orders they can be re-sentenced. One deputy district attorney is assigned to prosecute all cases involving violations of community based sentences.

Examples of types of court orders which can be imposed include:

  • Payment of restitution ot the victim
  • Cooperation with mental health treatment
  • Completion of alcohol or drug treatment
  • Completion of domestic violence treatment
  • Monitored sobriety
  • Maintaining full time employment
  • Completion of jail, work release, day reporting or similar sentences

CONTACT US

District Attorney's Office

303-441-3700 (Main Office)
303-441-4703 (Main Office fax)
303-682-6800 (Longmont Office)
303-682-6711 (Longmont fax)
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boulderda@bouldercounty.gov

Boulder

Justice Center
1777 6th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Longmont

Longmont Courthouse
1035 Kimbark St.
Longmont, CO 80501
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Mailing Address

Boulder District Attorney
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306