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.
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:
Any relevant documentation that would assist the prosecutor in making a recommendation, i.e. proof of insurance, registration, reinstatement, five-year driving history for all traffic charges, etc. 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 copy of your entry of appearance filed with the court, which should contain the Defendant’s name, citation / case number(s), initial court date, and charge(s), and / or provide a copy of the ticket
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. The recommendation will indicate if an appearance is required. 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 paid in full by the date and time noted on the recommendation, it is 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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mark Bishop, Prosecuting Attorney