Administrative Order 07-2: Procedures for the Processing of Misdemeanor Citations and Arraignments

Whereas, the burgeoning population in this judicial district has resulted in a significant increase in misdemeanor case filings; and

Whereas, this increase in filings has resulted in long waits and overcrowded courtrooms; and

Whereas, the Misdemeanor Criminal Rules allow for deputy court clerks to handle the initial arraignments and accept payments for certain misdemeanor offenses pursuant to Rules 5, 6, and 14; and

Whereas, it would be to the benefit of the people of Canyon County and the Third Judicial District to implement a streamlined system for arraignment and payment in misdemeanor cases;

Now, therefore, it is hereby Ordered that:

1. The provisions of this order shall immediately apply to Canyon County only. Other counties in the Third Judicial District may adopt the same procedures at the option of the local magistrate judge(s); and

2. All misdemeanor citations issued after February 22, 2007 within Canyon County by any law enforcement agency will allow the defendant a fourteen (14) day window of time within which to appear; and

3. All defendants will make their first appearance before a deputy clerk who will provide the defendant with a charge-specific rights form and a written plea form. An indigent application will be provided to individuals who state a desire to be represented by counsel and who cannot afford to hire an attorney; and

4. If the defendant enters a written plea of guilty, the case will be set for a sentencing date unless the charge is an offense payable at the counter; and

5. If the defendant enters a plea of not guilty, the case will be referred to the court’s staff for trial setting; and

6. The Court Operations Officer, in coordination with the magistrate secretaries and the magistrate judges, will establish details of the process; and

7. The offenses on Attachment A to this order may be paid at the clerk’s office or the defendant may appear before a judge if he or she so desires; and

8. The list of payable offenses may, in the future, be expanded as is in the interest of justice.

Be it so Ordered, this 9th day of February, 2007.

Signed by Gregory M. Culet, Administrative District Judge

Attachment A

Payable Offenses

Statute                Description                                            Amount          Comments                    .
                           Public Intoxication, Pedestrian Under      $150.00
                           the Influence
I18-3906              Littering Roadway from Vehicle              $125.00
I19-3901(A)          Failure to Appear                                   $200.00         On Payable Offense Only
I23-505                Alcohol Bev-Unlawful Transport/Open      $172.50
                           Container Vio
I23-505(1)            Alcohol Bev-Unlawful Transport/Open      $172.50
                           Container Vio
I23-505(2){M}       Alcohol Bev-Consume/Poss Open            $172.50
                           Container (Driver)
I36-1201(c)          License-Fail to Carry On Person/Exhibit  $150.00         Dismiss if shows proof of
                           On Request                                                                any valid license
I36-409(d)            Game Tags-Fail to Validate Or Attach To $132.50
I39-5703              Tobacco-Possession,Distribution,Use By  $122.50
                           Minor Vio
I49-1210              Registering vehicle w/o Insurance          $182.00
I49-1419              Failure to Obey Traffic Officer                $132.00
I49-1421              Using Emergency Crossover                    $172.50
I49-1801              Abandoning Vehicle                                $107.00
I49-18-6409          Barking Dog (dist peace) Dog at Large    $150.00
I49-301(1)            Drivers License-Fail To Purchase/Invalid $132.00         Only first offense
I49-316                Drivers License-Fail to Carry On Person   $  77.00         Dismiss if shows proof of
                                                                                                            any valid license
I49-331(1)            Drivers Lic-Poss Mutilated, Altered,        $122.50
                           Revoked Etc
I49-331(4)            Drivers License-Fail To Surrender After   $182.00
I49-519(1)            Title-Operate Veh Without Title              $182.00
I49-519(2)            Title-Operate Veh With Cancelled Title    $182.00
CCO-3-5-25          31-714 Canines-Public Nuisance              $150.00
CCO-3-5-25(3)      31-714 Canines-Disturb the Peace           $150.00
MCC-8-3-25(4)      50-302 Dogs-Disturb Peace                     $150.00
MCC-8-7-3            50-302 Possession of Open Container      $172.50
MMI-8-4-2            50-302 Abandoned Vehicle Within City    $150.00
MMI-10-1-6          50-302 Disorderly Conduct                      $150.00
MMI-10-1-6(G)      50-302 Disorderly Conduct-Public            $150.00
MMI-10-2-10         50-302 Dogs at Large                             $150.00
MMI-10-2-16         50-302 Dogs Disturb Peace                     $150.00
MMI-10-2-17(A)    50-302 Dogs-Nuisance-At Large or          $150.00
                           Without License
MNA-601-1(G)      50-302 Disorderly Conduct/Loiter in a     $150.00
MNA-6-1-1            50-302 Disorderly Conduct                      $150.00
MNA-6-1-1(B)       50-302 Disorderly Conduct/Beg-Solicit in $150.00
MNA-6-1-1(C)       50-302 Disorderly Conduct/Loitering in   $150.00
MNA-6-1-1(E)       50-302 Disorderly Conduct/Trespass       $150.00
MNA-6-1-1(F)       50-302 Disorderly Conduct/Private          $150.00
MNA-6-1-1            Disorderly Conduct                                 $150.00
MNA-6-1-3            50-302 Open Container                          $172.50
MNA-6-2-22(a)      50-302 Nuisance-Excessive,CD/Untimely $150.00
MNA-7-1-5            Driving-Short Cut Using Private              $100.00
MNA-7-1-5            50-302 Driving-Short Cut Using Private   $100.00
MPA-9-2A-5          50-302 Dog Disturb Peace                       $150.00
MWI-280              50-302 Open Container                          $172.50


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