Colorado Court Staff and Probation Officers

In Colorado, court clerks and probation officers are generally overwhelmed.  Budget cutbacks and staff reductions leave them working hard to keep up.  This leaves them hurried, irritable and unwilling to be flexible on the rules and policy – even when they make no sense.

Beyond their busyness, clerks and probation officers don’t trust you. They are conditioned by the constant flow of defendants through the system.  After you leave, there will be a thousand more behind you.  At times, staff have been burned or seen others burned.  The safest course, as they see it, is to stick to policy and only trust other government employees.  Other government employees are safe and assisting them builds community among government workers.  You can count on court staff to tell prosecutors whatever you say, and if they think the district attorney would benefit from something they see you do or hear you say, it will be reported.  Even defense attorneys are viewed as outsiders not worthy of trust.

Probation officers are always worried for their job security.  They will not take a chance on you without substantial justification.  Until they have a high level of trust for you (usually after several months), they will not go out on a limb for you.  Don’t expect them to overlook late attendance or missed calls.  Anything you tell them in an interview for your Presentence Investigative Report will be written down.  Negative assumptions derived from your comments will be detailed for the judge.  Don’t expect them to give you grace if you upset your sex or domestic violence treater.  Probation officers are on the same team as these treatment professionals and you are on the other team.

Sex offenders are seen as the riskiest of all defendants in the criminal justice system.  They are difficult to manage and unpredictable.  As a result, court staff and probation officers will be especially hard on this portion of their case load.  The consequences of a rule violation are more serious for these court staff and their careers.  If a child were assaulted because of a mistake or trust of a probation officer, that person could lose their job.  With this in mind, there is very little flexibility with strict sex offender rules.

Come in and meet with our sex crimes lawyers who have over twenty years’ experience.  During your free initial consultation you will learn hundreds of pieces of information which will increase your success in a very complex sex offender world.  So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call our attorneys at 303-830-0880.  Together, we can protect your future.