MUNICIPAL COURT TRANSFER
Effective January 1, 2020, the De Soto Municipal Court was dissolved. The City’s ordinance violations/violation notice(s) will be prosecuted in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Division 12, Judge Manansala.
All City of De Soto Municipal cases are filed with the Jefferson County Associate Circuit Court located in Hillsboro, Missouri. Defendants can check the status of their cases here: https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do
The Prosecuting Attorney is Mark Bishop, Wegmann Law Firm, P.O. Box 740, Hillsboro, MO 63050.
REQUESTS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS & DISCOVERY
Requests for recommendations and discovery must be sent in writing by Counsel to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and include the following:
- A copy of your entry of appearance filed with the court;
- A copy of the ticket;
- A copy of the defendant’s driving record; and
- Any relevant documentation that would assist the prosecutor in making a recommendation, i.e. proof of insurance, or registration. Note: If your client’s charge(s) involves a motor vehicle accident, a copy of their insurance card is not sufficient. You must provide either a letter from your client’s insurer verifying valid liability insurance on the date of the accident or proof of restitution
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope (recommendations will not be mailed without one).
FAILURE TO FILE
Failure to file the original entry of appearance with the Court and a separate copy to the prosecutor may impede proper notice of your representation and possibly result in defendant’s warrants remaining active.
Counsel will receive a written recommendation from the prosecutor by mail. It is counsel’s responsibility to notify the defendant of the recommendation and any court dates. If the proposed disposition is any form of probation a personal appearance by the attorney and defendant is required to resolve the matter. Otherwise, recommendations may be accepted by the attorney and client signing the recommendation form and returning it to the court with payment IN FULL by the date and time given. Do not forward payment to the Municipal Prosecutor’s office. The payment will not be processed by the prosecutor’s office.
OBTAIN A CONTINUANCE
If the recommendation is not accepted and/or paid in full by the date and time noted on the recommendation, it is defense counsel’s responsibility to contact the Court to obtain a continuance. Although the prosecutor may not object to a continuance, they are not authorized to continue Court dates.
REQUEST FOR DISCOVERY
Request for discovery and / or police report – Discovery in Municipal Court is governed by Rule 37.54. Copies of police reports, accident reports or DWI reports will be provided upon written request without obtaining an order from the Court. All other requests for discovery must be presented to the Court in writing with a copy of such request provided to the prosecutor.
Reports will be mailed if you provide a sufficiently sized, self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed.