May 25, 2019

HB 13-1210: Repealing Requirement that Criminal Defendant Charged with Certain Offenses Meet with Prosecuting Attorney Prior to Appointment of Counsel

On February 1, 2013, Rep. Elena Kagan and Sen. Pat Steadman introduced HB 13-1210 – Concerning Appointment of Legal Counsel During Plea Negotiations for Indigent Adult DefendantsThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

To make Colorado law consistent with recent U.S. supreme court decisions regarding the right to legal counsel during critical stages, including plea negotiations, this bill repeals a statute that requires an indigent person charged with a misdemeanor, petty offense, or motor vehicle or traffic offense to meet with the prosecuting attorney before legal counsel is appointed. On March 21, the Judiciary Committee approved the bill after amending it and sent it to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the fiscal impact.

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