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Recibí un citatorio (“multa”)…¿qué puedo hacer?
FAILURE TO APPEAR results in an a dditional fine of up to $275.00 and an issuance of a warrant. If this happens, please contact the Socorro Municipal Court immediately.
Plea Information: In our American justice system, persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The State is required to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The following are the pleas you may enter.
La Información de súplica: En nuestro sistema norteamericano de justicia, todas las personas son presumidas inocentes hasta ser demostrado culpable. El Estado es requerido a demostrar la culpa del acusado “más allá de una duda razonable.” Las siguiente es las súplicas que usted puede entrar.
Culpable: Admite que el acto es prohibido por la ley, cometió el acto, y usted no tiene defensa ni excusa legal. Pagará la multa y gastos de corte.
If you represent yourself, you may set up your case for an Officer Court, Bench Trial, or Jury Trial. You will contest your charges against our State Prosecutor.
No Culpable: Los medios no culpables niega ser culpable y usted tiene una defensa o excusa legal. Si implora no culpable, puede emplear a un abogado para representarlo. Si usted se representa, puede establecer su caso para una Audencia con oficial, Audencia de Banco, o Audencia con Jurado. Usted disputara los cargos contra nuestro Abogado del Estado.
Officer Court: A date is set for a trial before the Judge, the Officer, the State Prosecutor and any witnesses. A basic summary of events is allowed, but extensive cross-examination is not. After hearing both sides, the Judge declares you guilty or not guilty. Not guilty results in citation dismissal along with dismissal fees, if applicable. Guilty results in the Judge assessing the appropriate fine.
Bench Trial: A date is set for a trial before the Judge, the Officer, the State Prosecutor, and any witnesses. A pre-trial conference is held before the Bench trial; the Judge advises you of the basic procedures. A Bench Trial allows for you to give an opening statement, examine the complaint (written charge), cross-examine the Officer or any witnesses, give a closing statement, and other basic trial procedures you do not have in Officer Court. After the trial, the Judge declares you not guilty or guilty. If guilty, the Judge determ ines the fine. Bench Trials will take about an hour to complete.
Jury Trial (6th Amendment): A date is set for a trial before the Judge, 6 jurors, the Officer, the State Prosecutor, and any witnesses. A pre-trial conference is held before the Jury trial; the Judge advises you of the basic procedures. A Jury Trial allows for you to give an opening statement, examine the complaint (written charge), cross-examine the Officer or any witnesses, give a closing statement, and other basic trial procedures you do not have in Officer Court. After the trial, the Jury declares you not guilty or guilty. If guilty, the Judge determines the fine. Jury Trials will take at least an hour to complete.
SMC Jury Information
Información del jurado
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…” United State Constitution: Amendment 6
- Persons over (70) years of age;
- Persons who have legal custody of a child under the age of 15 years if jury service would require leaving the child without supervision;
- All students of public or private secondary schools; persons enrolled and attending an institution of higher education;
- Primary caretaker of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself;
- Officer or employee of the Senate, House of Representatives, or other agency in the legislative branch; or
- A Person has served as a juror in SOCORRO* in the past 2 years.
If you qualify for an exemption/excuse, call us at 915.872.8574, or complete the Certification of Exemption or Disqualification form on your summons and mail it to SMC, or you may fax it to 915.872.0450.
*** You must file your exemption/excuse with the Court Clerk before your service date. ***
*** Please call and verify if your exemption/excuse was granted or denied by the Judge. ***
Failure to report to court is a serious offense, and you may be fined. You will need to to attend court on time.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: It is the policy of the Socorro Municipal Court to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access consistent with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require any special accommodations, we ask you call us at 915.872.8574.
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