Courts, Probation and Procedures

Information on Courts, Jail, and Probation

Weld County Court

The Weld County Court system consists of District Courts for felony charges, and County Court, for misdemeanors. Misdemeanor charges are heard before a Weld County court judge and generally can only result in a county jail sentence up to twenty-four months. Felony charges start in County Court, and are transferred to Weld County District Court after a preliminary hearing or dispositional conference. Sentences from a felony conviction can result in a prison sentence to the Department of Corrections, Community Corrections, or probation with a county jail sentence as a condition of probation.

Weld County Jail

If a Weld County jail sentence is given, time can be served on work release or straight jail time.  The jail is managed by the Weld County Sheriff, and is located at 2110 O Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631.  The Sheriff is also the law enforcement agency for locations outside the city or town limits within Weld County.If a person is arrested, they can bail out of jail in most cases by posting a bond.  Generally, courts will set a predetermined “scheduled bond” which the Sheriff can collect from an arrested person, or can set a bond specific to your case by warrant or appearance before a judge. Use of the scheduled bond will get a person out of jail the quickest, yet some cases such as those with Domestic Violence allegations may have a mandatory court appearance.

Probation in Weld County

If a court chooses to make probation a component of any sentence, the Weld County probation department will supervise the defendant.  Probation officers have responsibility for supervision and will try and predict risks to the probationer’s reoffending, and treatment needs.  The entire criminal justice system believes that something is “broken” with a person who commits a criminal offense, so they will try and make sure the defendant is not exposed to risky situations while on probation.  Additionally, probation will want to identify any factors such as alcohol, anger, sexual boundaries, or drugs, which contributed to the offense, so treatment “fixing” the problem can occur. Other terms of probation might include community service, fees, costs, full-time work, school, and no-contact / restraining orders.

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