Modesto Court (Stanislaus County Superior Court)

The Modesto Court is a courthouse of the Stanislaus County Superior Court of California. The court is located on 800 11th Street, Modesto, CA 95354. The superior court handles a wide range of matters, including appeals, civil cases, criminal cases, family law matters, juvenile cases, probate cases, traffic cases and small claims. The court also employs court interpreters and makes arrangements for defendants who are unable to speak English.

Stanislaus County was first established in 1854, and Modesto was a town later founded in 1870. The first semblance of a courthouse was the upper level of a building rented by the Board of Supervisors for just $83 a month. In 1872-73, the town invested $60,000 in building the first 3-story courthouse for the town. The “Goddess of Justice” was a statue that was prominently placed on the courthouse that year.

Services Available for Criminal Cases

The Modesto Court has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Visitors should be aware that the clerks are not permitted to provide legal advice. Visitors should consider speaking with a lawyer if they need to receive information about entering a plea, waiver or other formal document with the court. The courthouse also maintains the Stanislaus County Law Library and is open to the public.

Schedule of Hearings at the Modesto Courthouse

Arraignments for misdemeanors take place on Mondays through Fridays
at 8:30 a.m. Arraignments for felonies take place on Mondays through Fridays at 1:30 p.m. If a defendant misses a court date, then he or she must contact his or her attorney for help. The attorney will be required to place the matter back on the court calendar. Those who are proceeding with pro se representation can appear at the Clerk’s Office in person and submit an application for a court date. The judge has the ultimate discretion to approve or deny an application for an alternative court date.

Individuals who want to pay a fine must go to the Revenue Recovery Department at 1010 10th Street, Suite 2500. The defendant must deliver his or her payment personally and may not hire or ask someone else to complete this task.

Individuals who wish to see whether they have an active bench warrant must personally go to the Clerk’s Office to review the case file. The court does not permit bench warrant information to be provided over the telephone or through e-mail.

The Bail Determination in the Modesto Courthouse

Defendants may have a certain amount set for bail in their cases. Defendants who have been charged with a capital offense or life-threatening crime may not use bail for a release from custody. Bail amounts can vary in amount from $15,000 to over $50,000. Defendants who require financial assistance can secure a bail bond, which is a loan that contains an interest rate. If a defendant uses a bail bond agent to meet the amount, then he or she will typically pay a 10 percent fee on this amount. Collateral can also be used to secure a bail bond.

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