What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case?
Civil cases usually involve private disputes between persons or organizations. Criminal cases involve an action that is considered to be harmful to society as a whole.
A few examples of civil matters (this is NOT an all inclusive list!)
1. landlord-tenant issues (Including Evictions);
2. Wills, estates, trusts;
3. Breach of Contract; and
4. Property boundary disputes
A few examples of criminal acts:
1. Driving Under the Influence;
How do I request a report?
All requests must be written/typed. We are not able to process requests over the phone. Please have the date of the incident, the case number, and/or the party(ies) involved.
Request may be mailed, faxed or emailed, but it must be a written request. Please see the Sheriff's Office homepage for contact information.
The Sheriff's Office does reserve the right to charge a fee of $0.50 per page for 8 1/2" x 11"; and $1.00 per page for 11" x 17"
What about Inspection of Public Records Act?
All requests pertaining to the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) shall be submitted to:
Catron County Commission Office
County Manager/Records Manager
PO Box 507
Reserve, NM 87830
For more information visit the New Mexico Attorney General's website at www.nmag.gov/ipra.aspx.
What information is needed to file a report?
When calling Dispatch to make a report, please leave your name, phone number, and address with the call-taker. A Deputy will contact you as soon as possible and will gather more information.
What about false reporting?
Law Enforcement Officers in Catron County stay busy and do their best to keep up with reports, calls for service, investigations, and enforcement of traffic laws. To make a false report takes time out of their days that could be better spent.
All false reports will be pursued and court action taken.