Municipal Court FAQ's
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- If a Corrales Police Officer wrote the ticket, he/she will have indicated municipal court on the bottom of the ticket.
- The Corrales Municipal Court is located two buildings north of Village Pizza, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. The entrance is in the back of the building.
You will see the judge at the time of your assigned court date, which is marked at the citation bottom: COURT APPEARANCE. At the time of your appearance you will be allowed to enter a plea and have a trial, if you choose.
Expect to spend at least three hours in court, although you may be done in less time. Court starts the time noted in the header of this page, but please arrive 15 minutes before so you have time for security clearance into the courtroom. Do not be late, as there are advisories at the beginning which you need to hear.
It is your decision whether or not to hire an attorney to help you with your case. If you wish to have one you should be prompt to hire him/her and have them enter their appearance on your case. For simple traffic tickets people usually represent themselves. If your case includes a possible penalty of jail time then you will be required to hire an attorney or waive your right to have one represent you. In such cases if you cannot afford to hire an attorney and you qualify, an attorney will be appointed to represent you.
Simple traffic violations have a penalty assessment (otherwise known as a fine and court costs) which you are required to pay if:
- At the time you were issued the citation, you agreed to plea guilty,
- If you change your plea to guilty or no contest at the time of your hearing, or
- If you are found guilty by the judge at your trial.
You must remit payment within 30 days of the date you received the ticket unless you come to the window or court and sign a payment agreement for a longer period.
On traffic citations the date is located almost midway down the citation.
If you come to the court window or to your hearing in person, you may sign an agreement to make payments on your fines and costs over time.
Municipal court offers several options for resolving your citation(s). Not all options are available for all citations.
- If you have an equipment or paperwork violation, it might be dismissed by showing proof of insurance, registration, and/or a driver’s license (valid on the date of the citation) or with visual inspection of the correction to your car. These violations may be resolved in advance of your court date. If you have other violations as well, you will have to wait for your court appearance and resolve all the violations at once.
- Plead “Guilty” at the window or sign on the citation and pay the assessment.
- Plead “Not Guilty” and a trial date will be assigned for the officer to appear.
- Plead “Guilty” or “No Contest” and speak to the judge to give an explanation for why you would like a lesser sentence.
- Some citations and crimes which have possible jail time require an appearance before the judge.
You may pay:
- By check or money order made payable to Corrales Municipal Court and mailed to 4324 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM 87048
- On line at CitePayUSA.com.
- In person at the court’s customer service window, using all forms of payment. Please bring your copy of the citation with you.
You need to appear for your court date, which was given to you by the police officer or the court. You may hire an attorney to help you and have them file an entry of appearance before your court date. For more serious crimes the court has a range of possible punishments which can be imposed, as noted above on this page. The amount of jail time, fines, costs and programs is dependent on the crime charged and your prior conviction history. The judge will explain your constitutional rights, the details of the potential penalties and your choices to plea or go to trial at the time of your first appearance, known as an arraignment.
Be inside the court building 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
- Cellular phones and pagers are not allowed
- No hats
- No gum, food or drink
- Your clothing should be neat and not revealing or distracting
- Do not talk in the courtroom
- No newspapers or electronic devices are allowed
- It is discouraged to bring children to court unless absolutely necessary. Please try to sit in the back if this is necessary and step out into the hallway if they become a disturbance.
YES. The Court does accept major credit cards. The card holder must be present to sign for the charge. The card holder does not have to be the person cited. For example: A mother may use her credit card to pay for fines or fees on behalf of a family member.
A change in court date (known as a continuance) must be requested no more than 7 days before your hearing. The court clerk can only give one continuance of the hearing.
NO. Only the person charged with a traffic/criminal offense can enter a plea on their case, unless an attorney appears for you. The judge will not allow a friend or relative to appear on your behalf unless there are unexpected circumstances, such as hospitalization. Proof must be brought to court that there is a problem and the judge will consider giving you a continuance.
If you hire an attorney, they need to notify the court in advance if you will not be present and the reason you will not be attending.
Community service is offered in very limited circumstances and can only be ordered by the judge.
You should first discover why you are suspended:
- If it is for failure to pay an assessment you must pay the total due and a penalty for failure to pay on time by coming to the court window. When those are paid, clearances will be issued which must be filed with the NM Motor Vehicle Division (NM MVD) and pay fees to them as well to reinstate your driver’s license.
- If it is for failure to appear then you will be required to appear at your next court date. You can find out your court date by calling the court.
- If it is for a conviction for driving while your license is suspended, then you are suspended for another year from the date of conviction and the NM MVD can tell you when your suspension period will end and you can reinstate your license.
You may call 1-888-683-4636 or go to the nearest NM MVD field office and pay for a copy of your driving record.
You may post a cash or bond at the window during office hours or go to the Sandoval County Detention Center to turn yourself in for booking into jail. From jail you may make arrangements for a surety bond to be posted on your behalf or wait until the court has you brought over for hearing. There is no set time to bring you over for hearing, it will usually occur within a few days.
YES. The judge will perform a civil, wedding ceremony. Please note the following details:
- Weddings are by appointment only and performed within the Judge’s jurisdiction of Corrales, NM. You should call the court and ask when the judge is available. The judge will marry any couple, of any orientation, as required by law.
- You should come on the day of your wedding with your requests written out so they can be reviewed a few minutes before the judge begins.
- Depending on weather and time of day, the judge may be able to walk across the street and do the ceremony in La Entrada Park. The park must be reserved with the Parks and Recreation Department for anything outside the limited ceremony.
- The judge cannot accept gifts or gratuity of any kind to perform the ceremony, please do not offer as it will be returned to you.
- You must obtain your marriage certificate from Sandoval County Clerk’s Office and you must promptly file your marriage certificate at that office when the ceremony is complete. The court does not file certificates and there will be no other proof of the ceremony. The court keeps NO file indicating who has been married.
- You must have two witnesses in attendance at the ceremony to sign your marriage certificate as well.