Municipal Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

The Municipal Prosecutor is responsible for prosecuting all City ordinance violations.

Requests for Recommendation

Requests for recommendations and discovery should be made directly to the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office. Submission of requests to the Municipal Court do not suffice for service of such documents on the Prosecuting Attorney.

Please submit a self-addressed stamped envelope for any request for recommendation or a copy of a police report. If requesting a video, an attorney must submit a blank, unmarked DVD and a self-addressed, stamped mailing envelope that is appropriate for mailing DVDs.

Review

Counsel will receive a written recommendation and any accompanying documents by mail. Counsel may submit via regular mail, fax or email, a request for a revised recommendation along with pertinent information that should be considered such as proof of reinstatement or proof of insurance. If your client’s case involves a motor vehicle accident, a copy of the defendant’s insurance card is not sufficient. Counsel must provide proof of restitution or a letter from the defendant’s insurer verifying acceptance of liability and settlement of claims with the other drivers or owners of property.

A copy of any motion or pleading filed by defense counsel should be sent to the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office and may be served by regular mail, fax or email.

Attorney Call

Attorney call is held approximately one-half hour before each Municipal Court docket with the exception of the monthly trial docket. There is no attorney call on the evening of the monthly trial docket.

Instructions for Electronic Attorney Call with Prosecutor:

When Municipal Court dockets resume, the Municipal Prosecutor will be holding an attorney call by phone between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the evening docket dates with the exception of the monthly trial docket.

In addition, on the dates that a day docket is held, an attorney call by phone will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on those dates.

On the day of the court date, an attorney wishing to participate in the attorney call by phone should send an email to pa@hazelwoodmo.org and include the following information:

  • Attorney’s Name
  • Client’s Name and Charges
  • Phone Number where attorney may be reached between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on that day.

The Attorney should also attach to the email any relevant documents (such as proof of insurance or proof of reinstatement).

The Municipal Prosecutor will contact each attorney between the above hours at the phone number designated in the email.

Following the discussion by phone, the Municipal Prosecutor will provide the attorney with the next court date and will submit a continuance form to the Municipal Court. The continuance form will note that the attorney participated in the electronic attorney call.

If a recommendation is discussed, a recommendation form will be sent to the attorney via email.

If the charges require a plea by a client in court, attorneys may consider a request to plea by mail in accordance with Rule 37. Attorneys may request plea and probation forms from the Municipal Prosecutor by email or regular mail.

For the next few months, attorneys are urged to use the electronic attorney call in lieu of physically attending court. The Municipal Court has imposed strict occupancy limits and social distancing requirements in response to the threat of COVID-19. Participating by phone will help the court to ensure adherence to these restrictions.

Please note that the Municipal Prosecutor is available at other times during the week to resolve matters. Please correspond by mail or email.

Disclaimer

It is defense counsel’s responsibility to ensure that the Entry of Appearance, any request for continuance, motions, requests pertaining to warrants, and similar pleadings are filed directly to the Municipal Court.