I received a retail theft (less than 99) citation, the officer told me it was a city ordinance, so will this show up on CCAP, if i go to court and just say NO CONTEST, or should i be getting a lawyer to aid in the process.
I am 21 yr old college studentThe Citation was issued in October, i went in for the court date but the court had no record of the citation. I went to the clerk she gave me paperwork that i was there and that they City has 2 years to file the citation, which they now did and i have a court date again now. Not sure if that makes any difference
Generally, municipal (city) citations do not show up on CCAP. However, they can show up in searches that employers do through the state justice department or the municipal court itself. It's wise to at least consult a lawyer to see if the city in question has a deferred prosecution program by which an ordinance conviction could be avoided.
Answers given are general in nature and not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Specific advice can always be obtained by contacting an attorney directly.
I agree with Attorney Johnson. Generally city ordinances do not appear on CCAP. However, it may be possible for future employers to find out about it, especially if a local paper publishes information on recent citations. An attorney may be able to help you get the citation reduced or get you into some type of deferred prosecution program.
Some municipal tickets are handled in circuit courts. Is this in a circuit court? If so, it will show up on CCAP.
If not, sometimes the municipal court will have its own version of CCAP. The city of Milwaukee is one example: https://query.municourt.milwaukee.gov/.
If they waited two years to issue the citation, you may have a motion to dismiss based on delayed prosecution.
The only way to truly determine if you need or want an attorney is to consult directly with local, experienced criminal defense attorneys. Criminal defense attorneys also handle these types of cases. Generally, an attorney will cost more than the citation.
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