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The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
Will it cost me extra to talk to the City Prosecutor?
The City Prosecutor never charges fees or costs to you or your attorney. If you are not represented by an attorney, you must come in person to your arraignment to talk to the City Prosecutor about your case. However, you may come in person before your arraignment to speak with the prosecutor if you are unable to attend your arraignment on its scheduled date. The City Prosecutor has no obligation to talk to a defendant about his/her case, and may choose not to in certain instances. If you have your own attorney, you must let your attorney handle all communications with the City Prosecutor's Office. It is unethical for any City Prosecutor to talk to a represented defendant without his/her attorney.

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1. Does the city attorney's office provide legal advice to citizens?
2. What does the City Prosecutor do?
3. Will it cost me extra to talk to the City Prosecutor?
4. When the Police Department indicates that it will be referring the case to the City Prosecutor, what steps do I need to take to follow up on the problem and the possibility of charges being filed?
5. What if I hire an attorney to represent me?
6. Who can I talk to about a ticket?
7. Why can't I talk to the City Prosecutor about my ticket over the phone?