Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller shows up nearly two hours late for traffic court

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller showed up nearly two hours late to traffic court Monday morning.

Miller had a 10:30 a.m. appearance but didn't get to court until 12:15 p.m.

There appeared to be some confusion about whether he had to show up in person to court.

The Denver Broncos say Miller was waiting to hear from his attorney whether he had to be in court today. His attorney apparently did not think he had to show up.

Miller brought a change of clothes to Dove Valley anyway and was working out with the Broncos when he received the call from his attorney and headed to Arapahoe County court, which was a few blocks away.

According to a 7NEWS Photographer covering the hearing, when the judge learned that Miller wasn't at the 10:30 a.m. hearing, she was upset.

"The court finds it rather ridiculous he doesn't appear this morning and he's mere blocks away. That's what's made a spectacle of these issues," Magistrate Christina Apostoli said.

Miller's attorney, Abraham Hutt, apologized to the court and said it was his fault that Miller was late, the Denver Post reported. Hutt said he thought he had an agreement with prosecutors that would allow Miller to skip the hearing.

Hutt called Miller and no warrant was issued.

When Miller showed up, the hearing was brief -- roughly 10 minutes.

No plea was entered today, but Miller was ordered to serve 24 hours of community service and told to take a Level 1 driving class within 90 days. A plea is expected at the next court date, Hutt said.

Miller has three pending traffic cases.

Miller was cited on Sept. 5 for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone in Foxfield, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson confirmed to 7NEWS. Miller was also cited for driving without a license.

Miller was with his father, who was then allowed to drive off with his son, Robinson said.

In March 2012, Miller was cited for speeding in a 65 mph zone in California. An arrest warrant was issued in California after Miller didn't pay the speeding ticket and then failed to appear in court.

In October 2012, Miller was also ticketed just blocks from his home -- also for driving without a valid license, along with careless driving and no proof of insurance.

Miller was arrested Aug. 11  at a Centennial gun store when he tried to buy a gun and a background check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the October traffic ticket. 

Today's court appearance is for both the Sept. 5 and the October offenses.

Broncos head coach John Fox defended Miller's actions, saying, "He was just, you know, going on his attorney's advice. He did everything right on his part."

A final hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23. This time, Miller won't have to appear in person.

Print this article Back to Top