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Last Updated May 16, 2016

Court Services - Frequently Asked Questions

What defendants does Adult Court Services (ACS) supervise?

Please refer to ACS Programs and Services to see answers to this question for each program.

If ACS supervises home detention only for Boone County residents, whom do I contact if I live outside Boone County and will be on home detention on a Boone County Courthouse case?

Contact ACS for assistance. Third party agencies are generally available to perform home detention and electronic monitoring services outside of Boone County, but they must be pre-approved by ACS.

What will happen if I remove or tamper with my ACS-supervised home detention equipment? Or if I fail to return the equipment to Court Services?

Revised Statutes of Missouri § 575.205 provides that a person commits the felony of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment if s/he intentionally removes, alters, tampers with, damages or destroys any piece of such equipment which a court has ordered the person to wear. All electronic monitoring equipment used by Court Services sends an electronic alert to ACS if the equipment is removed or tampered with. ACS responds to any such alerts immediately.

If electronic monitoring equipment is not returned, the defendant is required to pay for the equipment. The equipment can cost $1000 or more. In addition, ACS notifies the Prosecuting Attorney of any failure to return equipment.

If I am assigned electronic monitoring, how much will my program fees be?

If the electronic monitoring is supervised by ACS, the daily fee is the largest of the following three amounts: daily cost of the equipment to ACS; the current minimum wage; or the defendant’s hourly wage if employed full time.

If the electronic monitoring is supervised by State P&P, contact that office for more information. If supervised by a private monitoring service because you reside outside Boone County, the daily fee is a matter between the defendant and the monitoring service.

Where do I pay fines and associated costs?

In Person:
Boone County Courthouse
705 East Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201

By Phone:
(573) 886-4025
* Additional fees may apply

On-Line:
www.missouripayments.com
* Additional fees may apply

Where do I pay restitution?

Restitution is to be paid to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  For more information and payment types call (573) 886-4100.

What forms of payment are accepted by the 13th Judicial Circuit Court?

Personal checks are not accepted. Cash, money orders, credit card and debit card payments are all accepted. For additional information contact the Circuit Clerk at (573) 886-4026.

How much time do I have to pay court costs, fines and restitution?

Costs Only: All fees are due at the time of sentencing unless otherwise directed by the court.  After 30 days a $25 time payment fee will be added to all cases not paid in full and will be subject to tax intercept.  After 60 days the balance will be turned over to debt collection and will be subject to an additional 20% collection fee.

Costs and Fine: Defendants are to report to Adult Court Services the day of sentencing to discuss payment. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, the balance of fine & court cost is due in 90 days. Additional time to pay may be granted through a Court Services supervised payment plan. For additional information please contact Adult Court Services (573) 886-4180.

Restitution: To be paid as ordered by the Court.

What happens if I do not make immediate payment or report to Court Services to sign a payment agreement?

Failure to report to Adult Court Services the day of sentencing, to sign an agreement to pay, will result in balance being due forthwith and could result in a warrant for arrest.

My sentence was suspended and I was placed on probation. What do I need to do while on probation?

There are three types of probation - State P&P-supervised; ACS-supervised; and unsupervised. All three have standard conditions (e.g., no new violations of law). All three may include special conditions (e.g., attend a program). Violation of any one or more conditions can result in revocation of the probation and the requirement that a jail term be served. While on probation, you must continue to meet all conditions day-in, day-out.                                                                                 

If you are on State P&P-supervised probation, you must satisfy the conditions of release that were put in place by your judge. ACS has no role in State P&P-supervised probation (mostly felonies).

If you are on unsupervised probation, you must satisfy the conditions of release that were put in place by your judge. ACS has no role in unsupervised probation.

If you are on ACS-supervised probation, a court services officer will monitor you and your case until all affirmative conditions are met - all court-ordered amounts paid, all ordered programs completed, and all ordered community service work completed. ACS will file a violation report if any affirmative condition is left uncompleted or if any negative conditions (e.g., no new arrests) is violated. In response to an ACS violation report, the court will generally suspend probation and order a probation violation hearing. In addition, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office may file a motion to revoke. Note: failure to attend a probation violation hearing can result in a warrant for your arrest being immediately issued.

What are the differences between being on probation and being on parole?

Probation is an alternative to serving any of the court’s sentences. Parole is an early release after some of the sentence has been served.

Probation frequently is assigned for a longer time period than the sentence. For example, a defendant with a suspended sixty day sentence may be assigned probation for two years. The parole term on 13th Judicial Circuit cases is always the same number of days as the unserved portion of the sentence.

If probation is revoked, the entire jail term remains to be served. This is true even if probation is revoked one or two days before the end of the probation term. Days on probation do not count as days of sentence served.

If parole is revoked, only the remaining days of the sentence need to be served. Each day on parole counts as a jail day served.