Important things to know:
- The court cannot give legal advice on your case but the staff can answer questions about court process.
- Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before calling the court.
- People with citations are welcome to “walk-in” to the window to make payments or take care of issues related to paperwork or defective equipment.
- The judge will not speak to you in advance of your court hearing, you must appear in court to talk to the judge.
- The court typically holds case hearings on Wednesdays, although it is open Monday through Friday.
- Corrales Municipal is a court of limited jurisdiction which only hears criminal cases cited in the Village of Corrales under the municipal ordinances (laws).
You have the right to:
- Be presumed innocent at trial until the village proves its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Remain silent, anything you say may be used against you in your case.
- A trial if you have plead “not guilty” on the citation or in the court hearing.
- Compel the attendance of the village’s witnesses, hear them testify about your case and ask them questions.
- Testify on your own behalf and call witnesses to testify in your case.
- The assistance of an attorney if your case includes a possible penalty of jail. If you cannot afford an attorney then one will be appointed for you once you provide proof of your income and apply.
- An appeal if you are found guilty by the court after a trial.
Cases are set on a trailing docket which means that all cases are set at the same time and each case is called in succession. The cases are prioritized by a number of factors, officer seniority, alphabetical order and type of case. Your patience is appreciated, sometimes there are many cases.
Possible penalties for crimes cited into the court include:
- Up to a $1000 fine or penalty assessment fine of varying amounts, depending on the ticket
- Mandated court costs and fees
- Up to 90 days jail for petty crimes which are not a fixed, penalty assessment
- Up to 179 days in jail for citations such as Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License or when you are found guilty of multiple criminal violations
- Probation through the court or through the Sandoval County DWI program
- Programs such as traffic school, screening and counseling, community service, random testing and other educational classes
There may be other consequences not listed here which affect your driver’s license, car insurance, job, or college loans and grants when you are found guilty of a ticket or criminal offense.
Your options for how you can plead your case are covered in “Frequently Asked Questions”.
Appeals from the municipal court:
- Are filed by you or your attorney within fifteen days of your municipal court conviction at:
13th Judicial District Court
1500 Idalia Boulevard
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
- The court staff can give you information about how to file an appeal after your trial.
- You cannot appeal a citation or case in which you have plead guilty or no contest, you must have a trial in order to file an appeal.
- You must pay a filing fee to have an appeal, unless you are indigent. The district court staff will explain how this works