Municipal Court

Luis Quintana
Municipal Judge

What is now called the Council Chambers/Municipal Court House was built in 1964 with an addition doubling its size that was completed in approximately 1974. The entry foyer walls are finished with several hundred glazed ceramic tiles made by the childre who attended Heritage Day celebrations. Artist Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer organized this large children’s project. The D.A.R.E. officer is housed in the same building along with the Visitor’s Center/MainStreet offices.

Village Seal Handcrafted by Christopher Gonzales, Jr.

The Court office is staffed with two full time clerks who, between them, bring a great deal of education and experience to the court.

Stephanie Waldschmidt, Court Administrator, has been with the Court since 2002. She has had a long history in the Judicial system and brings with her knowledge and experience. Lisa Perea is the Court Clerk.

The two provide professional court services in the office and in the courtroom. It is the responsibility of the staff to assure that proper procedure is followed. Both clerks can aid and assist in policy and procedure questions. However, they cannot give legal advice or suggestions.

The Municipal Court Office is located at 4324 Corrales Road. Unless otherwise noted, Pro Se court (without lawyers) is held on Thursdays at 2:30 pm. The Court is currently unavailable to process walk-ins. If you believe that you need a court date other than what was originally indicated on a citation or Notice of Hearing, you MUST contact the court offices at least three days prior to your assigned court date.

If you have any other question, please feel free to contact the staff at 505-897–0503 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Mission Statement:

The Village of Corrales Municipal Court is committed to excellence in providing a fair, accessible, and timely resolution of alleged violations of the Corrales Municipal Code and the New Mexico Criminal & Traffic Law, in an atmosphere of respect for the public, employees, and other government agencies. Recognition of employees is greatly valued, and we are working hard toward a safer and more vital community

Docket:

Please contact the Court offices at 897-0503 if you have any questions pertaining to the docket.

Docket Procedures:

The Municipal Dockets are held on a Trailing Docket, which means you are all set for court at 2:30 pm and you will be called accordingly. The citations which require an Officer to be present will be called first (i.e., speeding, stop sign, seatbelt violations). The second part of the session is held for all “Paper Offenses” this includes, but not limited to, all Driving Suspended, Insurance, registration and defective equipment violations. The last part is the “Contempt of Court Violators” this includes all Failure to Appear, Contempt of Court, and Failure to Pay Violations.

Your Rights:

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and may be used against you in the Court of Law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney then one will be appointed to you, assuming you meet the requirements for the Public Defender.

You have the right to call witnesses and cross-examine witnesses that the Village may have called.

Court Room Procedures:

The Judge will call your name according to the docket at which time she will read to you the charge(s) against you and the penalty, by ordinance, for each charge. In the Municipal Court the penalty for each violation may not exceed a $500.00 fine and 90 days in jail; except for a 3rd Offense Driving While Intoxicated, for which the penalty may be up to a $999.00 fine and 179 days in jail.

You will be asked, if the charge is a jail able offense, if you would like an attorney to represent you. If you wish to apply for the public defender you will also be afforded the opportunity to do so at this time. However if you do not wish to have an attorney, you must sign a Waiver of Counsel before proceeding to your plea.

You will be asked to each offense what you plea. You have a choice in the Municipal Court to plea the following: Guilty, Not Guilty, or No Contest. A No Contest plea is essentially a Guilty plea; it simply means that it may not be used against you in a civil case.

If you have pleaded Guilty, the Judge will at that time go right to sentencing. She has the option of deferring the charge for up to 90 days or to impose a fine. All fines are due at the time of the adjudication, unless otherwise requested by you at the time of the hearing. If you have been granted a deferral the conditions are as follows: You are on probation for the next 90 days. You are to have NO OTHER VIOLATIONS within that time period. This includes any and every type of violation. Examples include but are not limited to: speeding, insurance, registration, defective equipment, and stop sign violations. This Deferral is inclusive of the State of New Mexico, which means you cannot have any violations any where in the State. Violation of the terms of the Deferral will result in a revocation of the Deferral and you will be required to pay for the citation in its entirety.

If you have plead Not Guilty, the Judge will ask both you and the Officer to raise your right hands and swear you both in. Once you have been sworn in the Officer is first to testify to the alleged violation. Once the Officer has finished you will be asked if you would like to testify, but you are not required to do so. If there are any witnesses they will also be sworn in and they have the right to testify. You have the right, at this time, to question all witnesses. Once both parties have finished with their testimonies and are satisfied, the Judge will render her decision. Upon a finding of Guilt the Judge may impose any fines and jail time if applicable.

Appeals:

If you have pleaded Not Guilty and have been found Guilty by the Corrales Municipal Court, you have the automatic right to appeal to the Sandoval County District Court. You must file this appeal within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of adjudication. To file the Appeal you will need to go to the Sandoval County District Court, located in the town of Bernalillo. From Corrales, go north on NM528 towards the Town of Bernalillo, at the first stop light, which would be Montoya Road, turn right and go the end of that road then turn left. The Court House is connected to the Sandoval County Detention Center and next to the Old prices Dairy. The address and phone number have been provided below.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court:

County of Sandoval
100 Avenida De Justicia
P.O. Box 130
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: 505-867-2376