Louisville Municipal Court
Community Work Program
An individual, upon conviction of a crime, may be ordered by the Court or volunteer to perform community service in lieu of incarceration. Work days carry a designation of mandatory days or fine days. In the event that an individual has both mandatory days and fine days, credit for the mandatory days is deducted from the total days to be worked prior to any credit being given toward satisfaction of the fines. The following is an overview of the Community Work Program.
Not Inmate Labor
Individuals that are assigned or volunteer for the work program are not considered inmates as they are not incarcerated. They report to the Court daily for work assignments much like regular employment. Workers are under the supervision of a Supervisor for transportation to and from the work site as well as the accounting of hours worked.
Types of work performed
Workers are assigned non-hazardous duties which can include litter pick-up, working with the Animal Shelter, building and grounds maintenance or clerical duties.
Credit for work performed
Workers do no receive monetary compensation for work performed. Any non-mandatory work time is credited toward the individual’s unpaid fine amount at the current rate of $50.00 per eight hour day.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for an individual with mandated work days. Individuals that volunteer for work must be physically able to perform non-hazardous manual labor consisting of standing, walking, reaching above the head, bending at the waist, grasping and holding with the hands and/or lifting items weighing less than forty (40) pounds.
- To dress appropriately for the weather conditions, furnish their own work gloves and provide their own lunch and/or snack monies.
- Not permitted to have in their possession any electronic device, including cell phones, Walkmans, I-pods, radios, etc. during work hours.
- Not permitted to have visitors or items brought to them during the work day.
The Work program provides labor to all departments of the city along with regular litter pick-up for the city streets. The Work program also participates in a metal recycling program.
Defensive Driving Schools
The MS Code allows individuals charged with certain traffic violations to attend defensive driving schools to keep the ticket off of their driving record. Driving schools are offered for both Juvenile and Adult offenders.
Holders of a Commercial Driver’s License
MS Code 63-9-11 does not allow a holder of a Commercial Driver License to attend a driving school regardless whether the violation occurred while operating a commercial motor vehicle or some other vehicle.
Juvenile Driving School
MS Code 63-1-55 authorized the Municipal Court Judge to use a defensive driving program as an alternative to a conviction for a traffic violation against a minor. The option to attend the driving school is solely at the discretion of the Judge.
Adult Driving School
MS Code 63-9-11 authorized an individual, not covered under MS Code 63-11-55, the option to participate in not less than four (4) hours of a traffic violator course and thereby have no record of the violation. The individual must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid MS driver license or permit
- Have not been convicted of a traffic violation, be in the process of taking the driving course or have taken the defensive driving course within the last three years.
The violator is required to complete the following:
- Pay the applicable fine, costs and any assessments required by law to be paid upon conviction for such offense.
- Pay an additional $10.00 fee to create a non-public record with the Department of Public Safety for tracking of eligibility to participate in the school.
- Have 90 days, provided payment is made on or before the date written on the ticket, to complete the school and return a certificate of completion to the clerk of the court for dismissal of ticket.
- Have 45 days, after the trial date, to complete the school and return a certificate of completion to the clerk of the court for dismissal of the ticket.
Misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence are heard in Municipal Court.
The appearance date written on the DUI ticket is the plea date. On that date the defendant will enter a plea of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty”. All pleas are sentenced on that date. All parties involved in the case will be expected to be present on that trial date.
Sentencing on a conviction for DUI is as follows:
DUI 1st Offense (Misdemeanor)(MS Code 63-11-30(2a))
- Fine and no more than forty-eight (48) hours in jail or both; and ordered to attend and complete MS Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP).
- The MS Department of Public Safety (MHP) will suspend driving privileges until MASEP is completed.
DUI 2nd Offense (Misdemeanor)(MS Code 63-11-30(2b))
- Fine and not less than five (5) days in jail and immobilization of any and all vehicles registered to the person convicted for the entire length of license suspension.
- The MS Department of Public Safety (MHP) will suspend driving privileges for a period of two (2) years.
DUI 3rd Offense or Subsequent Offense (Felony) is handled thru Circuit