My question involves criminal law for the state of: Colorado
I have a Disposition Hearing coming up very, very soon in Jefferson County, Colorado for a F5 Theft case. I have a Public Defender with whom I have not yet spoken. When I was in video Court for the Advisement and Bond Reduction, I was not given a copy of the Complaint nor Charging Documents.
A representative for the Public Defender's office contacted me and asked me to email, fax, or mail a copy of the Charging Document or Complaint. I told her I never received one and she thought that was odd. They also didn't have a copy of a Complaint in my file. She told me they would try to get a copy of it. I haven't heard back from her to confirm that there is a Criminal Complaint or Charging Document.
Prior to turning myself in, I contacted a nearby County (Adams County) and they looked up my Case and told me it was only a Case and that Charges had not been filed against me.
So my question is this: Is it likely that the reason I didn't receive a copy of the Charging Documents or Complaint, possibly due to the fact that the District Attorney had not decided whether or not to Prosecute?
And how likely is it that even if they have a really weak Allegation of Criminal Misconduct, how likely is it that they would file a Complaint anyway with the hopes of at least achieving a Plea Bargain? From their point of view, it would seem like they might think doing this at least helps them achieve possible revenue into the system at some level.
Is it possible that my Case could get Dismissed at the Disposition Hearing? Is it possible they will never even file Charges?
I'm also wondering if I should expect them to play the game of piling on a bunch of additional Charges in order to get me to accept a Plea Bargain in order for them to drop the additional inaccurate/unnecessary/made up additional Charges. Any insight on any or all of these questions would definitely be appreciated.
Thanks and best wishes.