The Pretrial Services Program supports community safety efforts by providing accurate information to the judicial system for release decisions and provides structured supervision of defendants while on a supervised Personal Recognizance Bond (PR Bond). The Pretrial Services Program accomplishes this in several ways:

  1. Interview and investigate individuals who qualify for PR Bonds.
  2. Provide information to the judicial officers who decide to release an individual from custody.
  3. Provide compliance monitoring to individuals who have been released from custody on a PR Bond with conditions that may include drug and alcohol testing. Program staff provide supervision to help ensure the individual attends scheduled court appearances and not re-offend while out on PR Bond.

For additional information, please contact Dawn Montoya, Pretrial Services Program Manager at (719) 520-7070 or or fax: (719) 520-6696.

Defendants should appear at the courthouse unless otherwise authorized to appear by phone or WebEx.


I. What are the bond types for getting released from the Criminal Justice Center?
      1. Cash Bond: Post the full bail amount in cash with the court. If you fail to appear, the bond amount may be subject to forfeiture.
      2. Surety Bond: A bail bond company signs a promissory note to the court for the full bail amount and charges you a fee for the service. If you fail to appear, the bond company may be liable to the court for the full bail amount.
      3. Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond: The court releases you on a signed agreement that you will appear in court as required. A PR Bond may have a condition or multiple conditions as set forth by the judge.
II. If I have the public defender represent me at advisement; will they still be my attorney when I’m released from custody?

No. You will have to contact the public defender’s office once released to complete any necessary paperwork. If you qualify for a public defender, one will be appointed to you. Questions can be directed to the Public Defender’s Office at (719) 475-1235.

To qualify for a public defender, you must complete an application. To apply for a public defender go to:

III. Where do I go if I am ordered to complete drug or alcohol testing as a condition of my PR Bond?

Pretrial Services provides free court ordered testing service through El Paso County Public Health. Their location is 1675 West Garden of The Gods Road, Suite 2044. Once you have completed an intake, you will be provided a unique calling code and required to call in daily (1-800-494-1250). If you are scheduled to test on the day you call you are to report to El Paso County Public Health. Testing times for the El Paso County Public Health are from 07:30 AM to 12:30 PM only.

IV. What do I do if I am ordered to test, but can’t make it during the hours of operation for the El Paso County Public Health?

You must complete your court ordered test on the day you are scheduled. You may go to an alternate testing location of your choosing. Attached is a list of some of these testing agencies. All fees charged by this alternate testing will be your responsibility to pay. Proof of the testing must be provided to Pretrial Services within twenty-four hours. If results are sent to a lab, you must provide these results to Pretrial Services within seven business days. Proof of testing and test results can be sent to Pretrial Services by email ( or by fax (719-520-6696).
List of Alternate Testing Locations

V. What if was told by the courts to relinquish my firearms?

If you were ordered to complete a firearm relinquishment due to a domestic violence arrest, documentation must be provided to the courts. The “Application for an Order of Collateral Relief Pursuant to §18-1.3-107, §18-1.3-213, OR §18-1.3-303, C.R.S. – JDF 238” can be found at:

Any questions concerning the completion of the form and/or compliance to this order need to be directed to your attorney, the Public Defender’s office, or the division handling your case. Pretrial Services is not able to provide any legal advice.

VI. Who is my Pretrial Services Case Manage?

Your Pretrial Services Case Manager is usually determined by the first letter of your last name and if you are ordered to report for testing as a condition of your PR Bond.

A-L (no testing)
Michelle Malmin
Pretrial Services Specialist – Supervision
Work Cell 719-493-3286
Office Number 719-520-6736
Fax: 719-520-6696

M- Z (no testing)
Emily Thompson
Case Specialist
Office Number 719-520-6680
Fax: 719-520-6696

A-Z (ordered testing)
Claudia Berg
PR Bond Commissioner
Work Cell: 719-719-310-7796
Office Number: 719-520-6638
Fax: 719-520-6696

VII. I have to test but El Paso County is delayed or closed?

El Paso County Public Health is the vendor for testing through Pretrial Services. If their office has a delayed opening or is closed due to the weather, it will be posted on the El Paso County Website and through news media. If you have any questions concerning your testing, please contact your case manager.

VIII. What if I have additional questions not found here?

If you need additional information that is not listed on the website, please contact:

IX. What forms might I need while on a PR Bond?
X. Do I need to pay a Pretrial Services Administration Fee?

Pretrial Services does not collect a Pretrial Services Administration Fee (effective 9/1/2021)