Prosecutor’s Office FAQ
What is the City Prosecutor’s Office?
The City Prosecutor’s Office is a division of the City Attorney’s Office. The City Attorney is Cecilia Abbott and the City Prosecutor is Keith R. Ludwig.
What does the City Prosecutor’s Office do?
The City Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes all ordinance violations brought by the Kansas City Police Department and other City departments and divisions.
Where is the City Prosecutor’s Office located?
The City Prosecutor’s Office is located on the first floor of the Municipal Court Building at 1101 Locust St. in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
What is the difference between the City Prosecutor’s Office and the County Prosecutor’s Office?
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is located within four counties: Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass. Each county has its own county prosecutor’s office that prosecute felonies (such as murder, rape and robbery), misdemeanors and infractions. The City Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes ordinance violations that occur within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo.
How can I get a copy of the City Ordinance?
Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 816-513-3360 or view the ordinances online.
Whom do I call to report a potential Kansas City ordinance violation?
If you wish to report a crime, contact 911. If you wish to report other ordinance violations, contact 311.
All complaints of violations of local law must be made to an investigative agency such as the Kansas City Police Department or other City agency such as Neighborhood Preservation. The City Prosecutor’s Office does not take reports or initiate charges.
Whom do I contact for information regarding a court date or paying a fine?
Before calling, please be prepared to provide as much information as possible to help identify the case: type of case or charges, case number, name and date of birth of the defendant, date of offense, etc.
Domestic violence and child abuse victims:
If you were the victim of domestic violence or child abuse, call the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Office at 816-513-6750.
Witnesses and victims of crimes not involving domestic violence:
For traffic cases and other cases not involving domestic violence or child abuse, call the City Prosecutor’s Office at 816-513-6750.
Defendants and all others:
Do not call the City Prosecutor’s Office. Call the Municipal Court at 816-513-2700.
Whom do I contact if I can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent me?
You must be screened to see if you qualify for a Legal Aid Attorney. Qualification is based on financial need. You must make an appointment prior to your court date. Contact Legal Aid at 816-474-6750.
How can I get an attorney if I don’t qualify for a Legal Aid Attorney?
The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service. Its phone number is 573-636-3635. The Prosecutor’s Office does not make referrals to private attorneys.
Why are some cases plea bargained?
There are not enough prosecutors, judges, courtrooms or trial days on the calendar to put all the thousands of cases every year in Kansas City through a trial. For those defendants taken to trial, or for those who plead guilty before a trial, there are not enough jail cells in the city to hold them. These practical demands, plus the defendant’s speedy trial rights, the seriousness of the cases, the strengths or weaknesses of cases, the victim’s wishes, public safety, punishment, rehabilitation and deterrence are all interests that are considered by the prosecutor when deciding how to proceed. A plea agreement is always designed to balance these competing interests. A plea may include jail time, probation, a fine, restitution or enrollment in a school or program directed at correcting behaviors or preventing repeat offenses. Most cases are resolved in a relatively short time by the defendant’s plea — many times a plea to the charged offense.