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    Contempt – Warrant 19-2-515

    H. Michael Steinberg is both an experienced and a dedicated Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney 

    As a former Senior – Career Arapahoe – Douglas County District Attorney -in his13 years (1984 – 1997) years as a prosecutor – H. Michael was assigned to the prosecution of hundreds of juvenile prosecutions. As a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer for the last 16 years (1997 – 2013) – he has successfully handled hundreds more juvenile cases.

    Juvenile criminal defense lawyers must be specialized in this area and must have specialized training and experience to be effective on behalf of their clients… essentially just children. Because Juvenile Court is different than adult court –  an experienced lawyer in adult may be incompetent to practice in juvenile court.

    Where your child’s freedom and future is at stake…go with experience every time.

    Here is the statute referenced in the Article That Linked you to this page:

    19-2-515. Contempt – warrant

    (1) Except as otherwise provided by subsection (3) of this section, any person summoned or required to appear as provided in section 19-2-514 who has acknowledged service and fails to appear without reasonable cause may be proceeded against for contempt of court.

    (2) If after reasonable effort the summons cannot be served or if the welfare of the juvenile requires that he or she be brought immediately into the custody of the court, a bench warrant may be issued for the parents, guardian, or other legal custodian or for the juvenile.

    (3) (a) When a parent or other person who signed a written promise to appear and bring the juvenile to court or who has waived or acknowledged service fails to appear with the juvenile on the date set by the court, a bench warrant may be issued for the parent or other person, the juvenile, or both.

    (b)  Whenever a parent or guardian or person with whom the juvenile resides, if other than the parent or guardian, who has received a summons to appear fails, without good cause, to appear on any other date set by the court, a bench warrant shall be issued for the parent, guardian, or person with whom the juvenile resides, and the parent, guardian, or person with whom the juvenile resides shall be subject to contempt.

    ( c ) For purposes of this subsection (3), good cause for failing to appear shall include, but shall not be limited to, a situation where a parent or guardian:

    (I) Does not have physical custody of the juvenile and resides outside of Colorado;

    (II) Has physical custody of the juvenile, but resides outside of Colorado and appearing in court will result in undue hardship to such parent or guardian; or

    (III) Resides in Colorado, but is outside of the state at the time of the juvenile proceeding for reasons other than avoiding appearance before the court and appearing in court will result in undue hardship to such parent or guardian.

    (d) The nonappearance of such parent, guardian, or person with whom the juvenile resides shall not be the basis for a continuance.

    (e) The provisions of this subsection (3) shall not be applicable to any proceeding in a case that has been transferred to the district court pursuant to the provisions of section 19-2-518.

    (f) The general assembly hereby declares that every parent or guardian whose juvenile is the subject of a juvenile proceeding under this article shall attend any such proceeding.

    (g) Nothing in this subsection (3) shall be construed to create a right for any juvenile to have his or her parent or guardian present at any proceeding at which such juvenile is present.

    Cite as C.R.S § 19-2-515

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