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Criminal Overview

Criminal Division

Contact: (417) 466-2471 option 8

The Criminal Department is responsible for any criminal case filed by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; this could range from minor traffic violations to murder.  Our team is devised of eleven employees, each holding various responsibilities in processing the criminal case.  Job duties within the department include, but are not limited to: Case Initiations (opening the case), Pleadings (documents filed by parties), Dispositions (judgment), Bound Overs (taking the case from Associate Level to Circuit Level), Record Request/Copies, and License Suspensions. In short, the Criminal Team is responsible for processing a criminal case from beginning to end.

Traffic Tickets

When you were issued your traffic ticket a court date was provided by the officer. It is always advisable to check prior to that court date to ensure your ticket has been filed with the courts. You may access and search by litigant name. First, select the 39th Judicial Circuit from the field titled “Search For Cases In” and enter your name as shown on your ticket. Next, in the field “Year Case was Filed”, enter the year your ticket was issued and then click “Find”. If you cannot locate your case, please contact our office at 417-466-2471 (option #2). If you do not have access to, please feel free to call our office at the above number.

Court Clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice pursuant to Supreme Court, Operating Rule 25.

To request a copy from a case please send an email to:


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