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What do I need to bring with me to Court?

posted Nov 14, 2013, 9:02 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 3:36 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

You need to bring a copy of your citation.

You must pay the fine listed on your citation if you plead Guilty or No-Contest.

If you were issued a citation for No Insurance, No Vehicle Registration, or No Valid Driver's License and you had it prior to the date you received the citation or obtained it after that date, you would need to bring proof documenting that fact to your scheduled court date.

What do I do when I arrive at Court?

posted Nov 14, 2013, 9:00 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 3:36 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

If you are scheduled for a court appearance, please arrive early and proceed to the Mesquite Justice Facility courtroom. Courtroom doors open approximately 10 minutes prior to each session. If you need to speak to the court clerk or make a payment, please proceed to the court clerk’s window.

Sealing Criminal Records

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:58 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

Click here for information regarding Sealing Misdemeanor Criminal Records in the Mesquite Municipal Court.  The fee for filing a petition to seal criminal records is $50.

Public Defender Requests

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:56 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 4:50 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

A Public Defender may only be appointed if the City is seeking a jail sentence on your charge and you meet the Federal guidelines for appointment of a Public Defender.  If no jail time is requested, a Public Defender will not be made available to you.  

If the Court appoints a Public Defender on your case, you will be provided with contact information for your court appointed Public Defender and your Public Defender will be provided with your contact information so that you can be prepared for your next scheduled court date.

What are my Plea Options?

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:55 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 3:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

At the beginning of the court session, the court will explain your plea options and review the basic court session process. 
  • Not Guilty: You will receive a trial date.
  • Guilty or Nolo Contendere (No Contest): You will be sentenced by the Judge for the charge(s). 

Interpreters / Accessibility

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:52 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 9:32 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The court provides assistance to individuals who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or who do not understand or speak English. In addition, the court provides assistance to individuals requiring special assistance to access the court. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the court provides equal access and reasonable accommodations to all deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing-impaired persons in all of its programs and services. 

Please notify court staff if you require an interpreter or assistance to access the court.

How do I resolve a Warrant?

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:51 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 9:23 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

You may contact the Mesquite Municipal Court by phone or in person to determine what bail amount is needed.  Depending on why your warrant was issued, your warrant may be able to be cleared by paying the full bail amount.  For all questions regarding warrants, call the Mesquite Municipal Court at 702-346-5291.

Discovery or Police Report Requests

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:49 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 10:51 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

For Discovery materials for your case, contact the Mesquite City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division at (702) 346-8831.

For a police report, contact the Records Division of the Mesquite Police Department at (702) 346-5262.

Do I have to appear in court for my citation?

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:47 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 10:52 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

You are not required to appear on your scheduled court date if your citation qualifies for resolution without your appearance (see the back of your citation) and you want to plead No Contest or Guilty and pay the citation. The bail amount indicated on the citation must be paid in full prior to the court date on the citation and can be paid in person, via mail, or via telephone. The total amount due is located at the lower right corner of the citation. If bail is not indicated on the citation, call the court.  You must also sign the back of the citation (bottom of page) and return it to the Court.  The applicable demerit points will be reported to the DMV following the court date on your citation.

Mandatory Court Appearance:  You must appear in Court on the date and time indicated on the face of the complaint for any of the following:
  1. If you wish to plead NOT GUILTY on any charge listed on the complaint
  2. Reckless driving traffic offenses
  3. Fraudulent use of driver’s license or car license plates offenses: includes borrowing, loaning, stolen, fictitious, not licensed, or allowing unlicensed person to drive
  4. All insurance offenses, no vehicle registration offenses, no valid license offenses, and all non-traffic offenses.
  5. All juveniles 17 years or younger MUST APPEAR and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  6. Your citation indicates that you have a MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE.

Courtroom Terminology

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:44 AM by Mesquite Records   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 10:40 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

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