About Spokane Municipal Court

Spokane Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction with statutory authority to process criminal misdemeanors and civil infractions.  Spokane Municipal Court processes approximately 94,000 tickets annually:

10,000 Criminal Misdemeanors
22,000 Civil Infractions
62,000 Civil Parking Infractions

Criminal Misdemeanors:

Criminal cases are brought by the City of Spokane against individuals accused of committing a crime.  The City bears this burden because a crime is considered an act against all of society.  The prosecuting attorney prosecutes the charge against the accused person (defendant) on behalf of the City (plaintiff).

Criminal charges are categorized as either misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors, both of which are punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine.  Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.  Examples of misdemeanors are:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • No valid operator’s license
  • Possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana

Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.  Examples of gross misdemeanors are:

  • Theft of property or services valued at up to $750
  • Driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Domestic violence assault

Civil Infractions:

Civil Infractions are not crimes.  They are violations of law that have a fine or penalty amount but are not punishable by imprisonment.  Examples of infractions are:

  • Speeding
  • No liability insurance
  • Expired vehicle license
  • Defective equipment
  • All parking violations

Spokane Municipal Court does not process protection or restraining orders, small claims or civil cases.

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