Unlike many other appointments in our day-to-day lives, court appearances are scheduled based on the court’s schedule, with little regard for a defendant’s personal schedule. Although it can be an inconvenience for those who have work or children, it is of utmost importance to comply with scheduled court appearances.
Arrested on suspicion of solicitation, vagrancy, or trespassing in Colorado Springs? You might be prevented from returning to downtown for any reason under a new rule under consideration by the city, according to a recent article in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Under the rule that may soon be enforced by Colorado Springs police, a person could be banned from the downtown area if they are arrested five times within eighteen months. The ban would be part of a deferred probation or suspended sentence if the arrested person is convicted.
Probation is used in Colorado as an alternative to jail time or in addition to jail time for some criminal convictions. In 2008, Colorado had about 50,000 people on probation and an additional 18,000 receiving monitoring after a conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
Probation is available to both adults and juveniles who are convicted of a crime, depending on what conviction they receive. Even if a convicted individual does not meet the requirements for probation, however, a court may choose to impose probation if it is recommended by the district attorney.