Municipal Court


Contact

(575) 397-9272
301 N. Turner St., Hobbs, NM 88240

Monday - Thursday; 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday; 8 am to 12 noon


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Court Appropriate Behavior

  • Proper attire must be worn in Courtroom. No shorts, tank tops, or flip flops allowed in the Courtroom.
  • No Cellular phones allowed in the Courtroom.
  • Hats and sunglasses must be removed from head.
  • No gum chewing, food or drinks are allowed in the courtroom.

Information

Traffic Violations Bureau Order »

ATTENTION: READ CAREFULLY AS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION DIRECTLY IMPACTS YOUR RIGHTS IN THE HOBBS MUNICIPAL COURT.

Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB)
The Traffic Violations Bureau is a division of the Hobbs Municipal Court that handles traffic citations issued under the New Mexico Uniform Traffic Ordinance (UTO). The UTO was adopted by the City of Hobbs on August 1, 2016, via Ordinance No. 1095 and it governs traffic violations in the municipal limits of Hobbs, New Mexico. An individual may address their traffic citation(s), make payments on a traffic citation, and obtain documentation regarding their citation from the Traffic Violations Bureau located in the Hobbs Municipal Court.

Additionally, certain traffic violations carry the possibility of incarceration in the Hobbs City Jail. By order, the Hobbs Municipal Judge has set certain penalties for some of these specific violations which removes the possibility of jail time upon a plea of "guilty" or "no contest" in the Traffic Violations Bureau.

Please see the "Traffic Violations Bureau Order" above.

Traffic Violations (General Information)

Generally, when a driver is issued a traffic citation they are given the options of paying the penalty assessment or appearing in court. For most traffic violations, you may later choose to pay the penalty assessment after requesting to appear in court. If you choose to pay the penalty assessment after initially requesting to appear in court, you must sign an Appearance, Plea and Waiver Form (Form 9-104B). If you are unable to pay the fines and fees on a payable citation, you may request that you be allowed to perform community service hours to satisfy the fines ONLY. The granting of community service in lieu of fines is a function specifically reserved for the Hobbs Municipal Judge. Regardless of disposition of fines, all court costs must be paid in cash or by making payment arrangements with the Court.

PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to pay the penalty assessment, or are later convicted of the traffic violation, the citation will go on your record with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division.

ALL FORMS RELATED TO TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS BUREAU LOCATED IN THE HOBBS MUNICIPAL COURT.


IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 OR STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU MUST HAVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN PRESENT TO CO-SIGN ALL DOCUMENTS.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRAFFIC CITATION.
A Traffic Arraignment is a court hearing. The hearings are held at the Hobbs Municipal Court located at 301 N. Turner.

A Traffic Arraignment is your opportunity to resolve your traffic citations in one court visit. You will see the Judge that day. Please bring your citation and any other documents with you to Court that day.

The date and time indicated on the bottom of your citation is when you are scheduled to appear by. You must appear in court "ON OR BEFORE" that date, unless you resolve your citation(s) by 5:00 p.m. the day before your Traffic Arraignment date. You may resolve your citation(s) by:

  • Paying your citation(s); or
  • Providing documentation, which will permit the court to dismiss your citation(s).

All citations from a single stop must be resolved together, either at the Traffic Violations Bureau or at your Traffic Arraignment.

Paying Your Citations

You may pay your citation(s) in advance of your Traffic Arraignment date by:

  • Calling (575) 397-9272 and payment with credit card. VISA, Mastercard or Discover only; or
  • Paying in person at the Municipal Court; or
  • Payment online on the Pay My Fine webpage; or
  • Mailing payment (checks are accepted - make checks out to Municipal Court) along with the citation(s) to the:

Hobbs Municipal Court
301 N. Turner
Hobbs, NM 88240

Your payment must be received before your Traffic Arraignment. If payment is not received by the date due or traffic arraignment, it could result in an Order to Show Cause, Criminal Summons, and Bench Warrant issued for your arrest.

Note: If you are unable to pay the fines and fees on a payable citation, you can request that you be allowed to perform community service hours for fines ONLY, all court costs must be paid in cash or make payment arrangements at the Court.

If the "Penalty Assessment" Box was selected on your citation, you have already acknowledged guilt of the traffic violation and you must pay the penalty assessment within thirty (30) days from the date the citation was issued by mail, online, or in person at the Hobbs Municipal Court. The citation CANNOT be scheduled for a Traffic Arraignment or Defensive Driving.

If the "Court Appearance" box is checked on your citation, you must appear in person in the Municipal Court by the date and time indicated on your citation.

Do not mail court appearance or traffic arraignment citations to the Santa Fe Motor Vehicle Department (MVD).

Citations that can be Dismissed:

If your citation is for "No Insurance," "No Registration," "Expired Registration," or "No Driver’s License" and you can show proof that you were in compliance with the law at the time of the stop, the Court will Dismiss the citation upon proof. If an individual is stopped for "Defective Equipment" or "Expired Registration," and are now in compliance with the law, please provide proof to Court Staff immediately. Court Staff have been given discretion to Defer (will not go on your record) the citation upon a showing of proof, however, the individual shall be responsible for paying the required court costs of $39.

ATTENTION: READ CAREFULLY AS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION DIRECTLY IMPACTS YOUR RIGHTS IN THE HOBBS MUNICIPAL COURT.

A "plea" is an accused person's legal response to the allegation that he or she committed a violation of the law. In the Hobbs Municipal Court, an accused person has the option, at any stage in the legal proceedings, to plea "guilty," "not guilty," or "nolo contendere" (commonly known as "no contest")(see NMRA 8-302). A plea of "guilty" or "no contest" will waive an accused person’s right to a trial in the Hobbs Municipal Court.

IN THE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS BUREAU YOU HAVE THREE (3) PLEA OPTIONS:

  1. NOT GUILTY: Your pretrial and trial will be scheduled in six (6) to eight (8) weeks. You may appear with or without an attorney. If you want an attorney, the Court will only accept a "Not Guilty" plea from you today.
  2. GUILTY: The Traffic Violations Bureau may take your plea today only if the traffic violation at issue does not carry mandatory jail time. If it does NOT, the Traffic Violations Bureau will have you sign all necessary paperwork.
  3. NO CONTEST: The Traffic Violations Bureau may take your plea today only if the traffic violation at issue does not carry mandatory jail time. If it does NOT, the Traffic Violations Bureau will have you sign all necessary paperwork. The "No Contest" plea is not an admission of guilt, but a plea that you are not contesting the charges and do not want a trial. A "No Contest" pleas is treated the same as a "Guilty" plea for sentencing purposes.
NOTE: IF YOU ELECT TO PLEA "GUILTY" OR "NO CONTEST" TO A TRAFFIC VIOLATION, YOU WILL BE SENTENCED ON THAT DATE. YOUR SENTENCE SHALL INCLUDE BOTH FINES AND FEES.

Traffic Court:

Monday - Wednesday @ 1 pm
Must arrive 30 minutes early (by 12:30 pm)


Additional Resources

Lea County Probation Program
1019 E. Bender
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-391-2957
Fax: 575-397-7413
probation@leacounty.net

Teen Court of Lea County, Inc.
200 E. Park, Suite 135
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-393-7743
Fax: 575-393-1076
teencourtofleacounty.com

New Mexico Junior College
Defensive Driving
5317 Lovington HWY
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-392-5544

Options, Inc.
200 N. Dalmont
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-397-1576

Guidance Center of Lea County
920 W. Broadway
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-393-3168

City of Hobbs - Community Service
200 E. Broadway, Hobbs City Hall Building
Hobbs, NM 88240
575-391-8158

Court Administrator
Shannon Carter

(575) 397-9272



Judge
Ben Harrison