Kansas City Missouri Municipal Court: An Overview

The Kansas City Municipal Division is part of Judicial Circuit 16.  The courthouse is located at 1101 Locust, Kansas City MO  64106.  It hears misdemeanors, infractions, and even housing code violations cases that arise out of incidents alleged to have occurred in the metropolitan Kansas City Missouri area.  It has eleven courts that deal with such cases, and the courts are indicated by letter (Courtroom A through K).  Persons who have received a citation or a summons to the the KCMO Municipal Court should look at their documentation carefully to make sure that they know when and where their court date is.  If you do not have your paperwork, your attorney can find this information out for you.

It is important to have an attorney when dealing with issues in KCMO Municipal Court.  Too often, people make the mistake of not doing this, and then find out later that big problems have been created.  In addition, having and attorney can do the following for you:  (1) Work on withdrawing active warrants and getting you a court date; (2) Changing the time and date of your current court date.  For many people, having these things done is an important part of the preliminary matters surrounding a case.  Under the “add on” system, and depending on the nature of the case, your attorney can often resolve your issue without you having to be there in court.

The Municipal Court should not be confused with the Jackson County Circuit Court itself, which is located near the Municipal Court but hears different types of cases.

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Overland Park Municipal Court: An Overview

The Overland Park Municipal Court is located at the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster, Overland Park KS 66213.  The court handles misdemeanor and infraction cases that arise out of the City of Overland Park.  It should be distinguished from the Johnson County District Court system, which is located in Olathe, Kansas.  If you have been issued a summons or ticket, you should review it carefully to make sure that your case is actually being held in the Overland Park Justice Center.  There are a great number of municipal courts in the greater Kansas City area, and confusion frequently arises about the location of a case.

It is strongly advised that a person have the assistance of legal representation in Overland Park Municipal Court. Issues can arise that affect a person’s legal rights in significant ways, and to proceed without the assistance of counsel is asking for trouble.  It is important to point out that not all courts have the same “personality” or organizational culture.  People with no exposure or experience with Overland Park Municipal Court are often surprised at the formality and rigor with which it is conducted, when compared to smaller municipal courts in the area.  For this reason, a person should not be proceeding without representation.  If you get legal representation, Overland Park Municipal Court has a special “attorney docket” where your attorney can confer with the city prosecutor about your case.  An attorney experienced in municipal court practice can help you resolve your case in the best way possible for you.

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The Field Sobriety Tests In A DUI Or DWI Case

When a person is stopped by a law enforcement officer for suspicion of having driven while under the influence (DUI) or intoxicated (DWI), the officer will often ask that the driver perform a series of “field sobriety tests.”  These tests were established in 1982 by the National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a way to impose (in theory, at least) some measure of uniformity and consistency in determining whether a person has been driving under the influence.

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