Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program

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Program Purpose


The Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program launched with the purpose of reimbursing in whole or in part, costs associated with the provision of defense counsel to defendants at their first appearance in municipal courts as required under §13-10-114.5 C.R.S..

Effective July 1, 2018 under §13-10-114.5 C.R.S.:

  • 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 pursuant to C.M.C.R. 210 and §16-7-207 C.R.S., the defendant makes a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of his/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/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.

 

Program Eligibility


  • Colorado Municipal Courts
     

Resources


 

Program Reimbursement and Applications


To manage your grant, or apply for funds, please select Apply and Manage below. For assistance, please contact the Program Manager. 

  Apply and Manage Grant

 

Funding Decisions


Program Contact


Shawn Marandi
Program Manager
(303) 864-8479