Walk-In Complaint Procedure
WALK-IN COMPLAINT PROCEDURES -- Filing charges against someone.
- Complaints by private complainants (walk-ins) are taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Before the City Attorney's Office can begin processing a complaint, the complainant must have filed a report with the Department of Public Safety. The complainant must bring or prepare a written statement describing the incident, signed and dated. The written statement should include names and addresses of witnesses (if known), name and address (if known) of the defendant, time, place and date of the incident, and any other information that may be pertinent to the case.
- The Assistant City Attorney must first determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute the case, and case may be rejected because of lack of evidence. The City Attorney's Office will send the complainant notice in the form of a denial letter if the complaint has been rejected. However, if the person being filed against has been cited by DPS, this office can not accept the complaint. If the complaint is accepted, this office will generate a Criminal Complaint form that must be signed by the complainant.
- Municipal Court will then issue a summons to the defendant to appear in court for arraignment. It will not be necessary for the complainant to appear at the defendant's arraignment. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, the judge will decide at that time what action to take. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case will be set for trial and the complainant will be sent a subpoena to appear as a witness for the City.