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Hagerman allows police to issue misdemeanor citations to some

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A new ordinance has been approved unanimously by the town council of Hagerman allowing police officers the option of giving people misdemeanor citations for certain minor offenses rather than requiring them to appear in court.
“We didn’t have a very established penalty procedure,” said Hagerman Municipal Court Clerk Beverly West, “and this is just establishing it and giving officers an option of giving a citation in certain instances.”
West added, as language of the ordinance itself indicates, that the fines and rules are meant to “conform to the standards of surrounding communities,” such as Roswell and Artesia.
Prior to the ordinance, officers typically would issue a notice to appear in court on traffic. motor vehicle or other minor violations.
Now they can give the penalty assessment, which, if signed by the alleged offender, is an admission of guilt, according to the ordinance. Fines range from $25 to $450, plus court fees, and payment must be made within 30 days. The penalty assessments cannot be used for alleged violations thought to have resulted in or contributed to an accident with injuries.
West and other city officials said that the measure was not an attempt to increase revenues for the city. They said that no written or oral comments opposing the ordinance were received.
The new law is expected to take effect June 9.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.