The City Attorney
is responsible for the general legal affairs of the City. The City Attorney, along with special counsel as may be required in any particular situation, represents the City in lawsuits involving the City. The City Attorney provides legal advice to the City Council, the City Manager, the City's boards and commissions, the City department heads, and other key City Staff regarding the legal implications of contemplated policy and administrative decisions. The City Attorney prepares and reviews various ordinances, contracts, and other legal documents. The City Attorney also prosecutes violations of City ordinances in municipal court, in his role as the City Prosecutor.
The City Attorney’s Office advises and represents the departments and officials of the City of Alamosa. As such, our office does not give legal advice or services to individual citizens. If you are seeking information about your legal rights you should contact a private attorney.
The City Prosecutor
is the legal counsel representing the City of Alamosa in matters involving violations of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Alamosa
. If you are summoned into court for a traffic or misdemeanor violation, you may speak to the city prosecutor regarding your case. You always have the right to take your case to a trial. If a case proceeds to trial, it is the city prosecutor who prosecutes the case on behalf of the City of Alamosa. If you plead guilty, no contest, or are convicted, the city prosecutor is given the responsibility of reviewing your past history (either criminal or traffic) and determining the penalty that is recommended to the judge. The prosecutor has the right to offer or not offer a reduction in the original charges based on the circumstances of the case and your past history, called a plea bargain. You may consider accepting a plea bargain, if offered, in lieu of taking your case to trial.. The City Prosecutor is a division of the City Attorney's Office (really, another hat the City Attorney wears). This division is responsible for the prosecution of all City Code violations in Municipal Court. Although there is no formal division between the two operations, references to the "City Attorney" have come to mean the civil portion of the work of the City Attorney's Office, while references to the "City Prosecutor" have come to mean the criminal prosecution portion of the work of the City Attorney’s Office.
For more information regarding Municipal Court and its procedures, please contact the Court at (719) 589-2272 or click here to visit the City of Alamosa Municipal Court website.