How do I get a marriage certificate, passport, birth certificate, or driver's license renewal?
Please contact Olmsted County Property, Records, & Licensing for questions relating to driver's license renewals, marriage certificate, death certificate, or information on obtaining a passport at 507-328-7670 or http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/prl/Pages/default.aspx.
I want to build a fence on my property. Do I need a permit and what are the requirements?
Should you wish to build a privacy fence on your property, please contact the Olmsted County Planning & Zoning Department at 507-328-7100 to obtain the necessary permits and/or information.
The City Attorney's office represents the City, its elected officials and staff, City departments and the City's boards, commissions and authorities in civil matters. The attorneys in the office are not allowed to represent private citizens in any type of proceeding. In criminal prosecutions the City Attorney's office represents the State of Minnesota.
I cannot afford to pay a fine. What are my options?
Assuming a guilty plea or conviction, a judge can take into consideration someone's financial circumstances. One option frequently utilized is community work service in place of payment of a fine. Community work service is credited toward a fine at the rate of $10/hour (e.g. $200 fine or 20 hours community work service.) If the resolution involves a conviction there are fees and surcharges (usually $85) that must be paid in cash. There is a minimal fee charged for the community work service program.
Payment plans are also an option. If you are resolving your case directly with the prosecutor you can be given up to four months to pay a fine. If you need a longer period of time a judge would need to approve that request.
I received a traffic ticket. I'm concerned about my driving record, insurance costs, etc. How can I keep this ticket off of my record? Does the City offer some type of "safe driving class?"
While the City would certainly encourage steps to safer driving, we are not able to offer any type of diversion sentence tied to a "safe driving class". Additionally, absent exceptional circumstances the prosecutor will NOT be able to keep the ticket off of your record.
One exception under the law is for a speeding ticket of 65 mph or less, either in a 60 or a 55 mph zone. Such an offense would NOT be reported to your driving record.
I received a ticket for driving after suspension/revocation/cancellation. My driver's license is now valid. What can I do about my ticket?
Depending on your driving record, the prosecutor may be willing to resolve your case in a manner that does not cause you a new driver's license issue. This resolution would require you to remain law abiding for a period of time along with payment of a fine.
I want to talk to a prosecutor about my case. When can I do that?
City arraignment days are scheduled weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Two prosecutors are there to discuss your case and attempt to resolve it. Absent exceptional circumstances, anyone wanting to discuss their case with the prosecutor needs to appear at their scheduled arraignment date. If you cannot make your scheduled arraignment, you need to contact District Court at 507-206-2496 and reschedule for another Tuesday or Wednesday.
I am charged with a petty misdemeanor. Can I apply for a public defender?
A public defender will not be appointed on a petty misdemeanor case. You have the right to hire a private lawyer but do not have a right to a public defender.
I cannot afford to hire a lawyer. What are my options?
You may apply for a public defender. If you qualify financially, a public defender will be appointed (except for a petty misdemeanor level charge.) Some co-payment may be required. You should apply for a public defender as soon as possible, by contacting Olmsted County Court Administration at 507-206-2496 or you may pick up an application on the 5th floor of the Olmsted County Government Center.
I do not have an attorney. Can a lawyer from the City Attorney's office help me?
Attorneys from this office cannot give legal advice to citizens or defendant's calling with legal questions. You have the right to consult with a private attorney or apply for a public defender.