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Probation

A defendant may be sentenced to probation by the Arvada Municipal Court Judge after being convicted of a violation in the Arvada Municipal Code of Laws. Example violations include, but are not limited to: theft, harassment, disturbing the peace. On rare occasions, the court will order probation in animal ordinance violations. Arvada Municipal Court probation supervises both adult and juvenile offenders. 

Definition

Probation is a specified period of time in which the offender is allowed to live in the community, but is supervised by a probation officer. Progress and compliance with court ordered requirements is monitored while protecting the community and victim from further harm. 

Our Philosophy

The City of Arvada Probation division operates under the philosophy of the Risk, Need, and Responsivity model, which matches probation supervision to each individual’s identified risks and needs. When appropriate, restorative justice practices may be employed to further aid in community and victim reparation.

The combination of these practices align with the City's Mission: Delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community. 

Our Responsibilities

  • Meeting with probationers on a regular basis
  • Referring probationers to a variety of counseling agencies and community resources
  • Monitoring drug and alcohol tests
  • Providing sentencing recommendations and updating the court

Special Programs

One Small Step (OSS) Court

An innovative and problem-solving Court dedicated to improving public safety while helping defendants who are experiencing homelessness to take “one small step” toward living a more stable life. Arvada's Homeless Navigator and the Court’s Senior Probation Officer became integral parts of the OSS Court program in early 2020

  • Connects defendants experiencing homelessness with existing community resources 
  • Built on collaboration between the Homeless Navigator,the City Prosecutor, and the Senior Probation Officer
    • Homeless Navigator assesses each defendant’s needs
    • City Prosecutor crafts a plea bargain offer intended to protect the community and assist the defendant
    • Senior Probation Officer creates a compliance plan formulated to increase stability in the defendant’s life 
  • Team works with the Arvada Police Department’s “CORE” officers to protect public safety throughout the OSS process.
  • Partners with local resource providers who provide direct services to OSS defendants

Judge Mentorship Program

In addition to probation supervision, the Arvada Municipal Court offers an alternative sentencing program that includes direct one on one mentoring with an Arvada Municipal Court Judge. This program is usually in lieu of probation supervision and requires juvenile defendants and their parents to meet regularly with the assigned Judge for mentorship meetings. These meetings provide positive adult mentoring from someone outside of the family to provide a safe space for pro-social conversations that promote positive behavior change.