Everything You Need To Know About Lenexa Municipal Court
Lenexa is a town of over 50,000 residents and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Lenexa is one of the larger cities in Johnson County and is sandwiched between Overland Park to the east, Shawnee to the north, Olathe to the south and Desoto to the west. Lenexa extends as far north as 75th street and as far south as 116th street. Lenexa is a far larger city east to west than it is north to south and covers approximately 35 square miles. The judicial arm of the Lenexa government is embodied in the municipal court.
Lenexa Municipal Court will hear all cases that occur inside the city limits of Lenexa in which the violation charged is a city ordinance violation. Lenexa ordinance violations commonly charged in the municipal court include possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, driving on a suspended license, marijuana possession, theft, trespass, minor in possession of alcohol, and has a moderate sized docket of other “code” violations. Code violations generally have to do with the maintenance and upkeep of Lenexa residence’s homes and businesses.
Lenexa has many big box retail stores, small business retail stores and several large mixed-use retail/residential areas. Due to the large number of retail businesses there are a fair amount of theft cases filed in the municipal court. Lenexa has a robust traffic enforcement division of the police department and several major highways within its borders. This leads to a fair amount of traffic and traffic related crimes being filed in the municipal court. Additionally, Lenexa has a number of bar and entertainment areas that tend to yield a fair amount of alcohol, drug and DUI related charges.
Lenexa’s municipal court is located a few blocks west of the intersection of 35 highway and 87th street. The Lenexa municipal court is housed in the center section of the Lenexa Municipal Complex. The Lenexa Municipal Court is bordered by the Lenexa Police Headquarters and the Lenexa City Hall. The municipal court is comprised of a large courtroom with seating for about 100 people, a court clerk’s office, a few small offices for probation personnel and administrative staff, a front lobby with court security and a bathroom area. The Lenexa municipal court is equipped with multimedia capabilities and flat screen televisions. The municipal judge has a computer link to the various correctional housing facilities and the Johnson County Jail so that “in-custody” defendants do not have to be transported to the municipal court to handle court business.
The address of the Lenexa Municipal Court is:
12400 W. 87th St. Parkway
Lenexa, KS 66215
Judge: Lenexa has one primary judge that hears cases in the municipal court. Lenexa has several pro-tem judges that are available if the primary judge is unavailable. All cases that are brought in the municipal court are heard by a judge only, the court does not have the ability to have cases heard in front of a jury. Lenexa only has the capacity to hear one case at a time, this can prove troublesome for longer dockets.
The Judge in Lenexa is:
- Erika DeMarco
Prosecutor: The division of the Lenexa City Attorney’s office that prosecutes crime in known as the city prosecutor’s office. The city prosecutor’s office is attached to the Lenexa Municipal Court and is also part of the Lenexa Municipal Complex. Part of city prosecutor’s office’s job is to make charging decisions (whom gets charged with what crime) and prosecute alleged criminal acts. Municipal prosecutors go with the case if appealed to District Court. Lenexa currently has one full time prosecutor and one part-time prosecutor. Lenexa also has a list of prosecutors that can fill in if the normal prosecutors are unavailable.
The Full-Time Prosecutor in Lenexa is:
- Ashley Tomasic
The Part-Time Prosecutor in Lenexa is:
- Nori Cooper
Court Clerk: The administrative arm of the Overland Park Municipal Court is vested in the court clerk’s office. The Court clerk’s office makes up a large part of the first floor of the courthouse. The court clerk’s office keeps the court’s schedule, accepts money on behalf of the court, and performs many other essential functions for the court. There are about a half dozen assistant court clerks employed by the court clerk’s office.
The Court Administrator in Lenexa is:
- Nicole Armstrong
Court Security: Court security is required by Kansas law. Lenexa Municipal Court is no exception and has court security staff available during court times. Court security is provided by the Lenexa police department and court security monitors whom enters the courtroom. Lenexa has a metal detector and screening process for all people entering the courtroom, including lawyers. Once you enter the court there is an armed bailiff to keep order in the courtroom. Lenexa also has volunteer administrative staff during court times that will alert the bailiff to any security problems.
Appealing from the Lenexa Municipal Court
Lenexa Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and does not have the ability to provide a defendant with the protections afforded by some constitutional rights. Because the court cannot safeguard all of your rights, the decision of the Lenexa Municipal Court may not be the final word on any given case. If a defendant is not happy with the decision of the court, the defendant may appeal the court’s decision. The defendant has a right to appeal the municipal court’s decision so long it is done in a timely manner. The defendant may appeal so long as they do so within 14 days of sentencing in a municipal court. To begin this process you must file a notice of appeal with the municipal court and pay an appeal bond.
Obtaining Discovery on an Lenexa Case
If you are accused of a crime in Lenexa you are entitled to conduct discovery. You are afforded the same constitutional protections as depicted in Brady vs. Maryland when it comes to discovery. You have a right to view and inspect all evidence that the city intends to use against you at trial as well as all evidence the city has or can reasonably obtain that tends to prove you did not commit the offense as charged. In other words, you get to look at everything before you start making decisions on your case. Like most municipal courts Lenexa has a specific process that a defendant must go through to obtain discovery. You can request discovery by going to the police station located in Lenexa Municipal Complex and filling out a form with the police records unit. There is a small fee to produce the evidence in a case.
Example of an Lenexa Discovery Request Form
Lenexa Municipal Court Specific Information
Every municipal court has their own rules and processes when it comes to certain aspects of their court. Lenexa is no different. Lenexa has specific providers that they have authorized for drug and alcohol evaluations. Lenexa has a specific provider they generally use for house arrest sentences. Similarly, Lenexa has a specific agency they use for classes, CWIP programs and driving school. Below you will find Lenexa Municipal Court specific information.
Lenexa Municipal Court Approved ADSAP Providers
Lenexa Municipal Court Approved House Arrest Providers
Lenexa Municipal Court Approved Community Weekend Intervention Program Providers
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