Frequently Asked Questions
can I contest a traffic violation?
A. A person who receives a traffic citation may contest
it by going to the court he/she is cited to (listed 0n the citation) and
posting bail (paying the amount of the citation). After the person has
posted bail, the court clerk will assign a court date for a hearing. If
the judge rules in the person's favor, the bail they posted will be refunded.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Stevens County District
Court at (620) 544-2484.
can I get my car out of impound?
A. If a person's vehicle is impounded, the registered
owner must go to the Police Department or Sheriff's Department to obtain
a release for the vehicle (releases are only given to the registered owner/s).
If the registered owner does not have a valid driver's license, he/she
must bring along a person who possesses a valid driver's license. If a
person's vehicle is impounded as a vehicle forfeiture and the vehicle
is owned by more than one person, the other owner (owner from whom the
vehicle was not taken) should refer to the information contained in the
Notice of Forfeiture Letter that they will receive by mail, to obtain
can I find out if my vehicle has been towed?
A. A person may call his or her Police Department
of Sheriff's Department and give the vehicle license plate number to the
desk officer. The desk officer will run the status of the vehicle and
will inform the person whether or not their vehicle has been impounded.
can I report an abandoned vehicle?
A. A person may call the police station or the Sheriff's
Department to report an abandoned vehicle. An officer will be dispatched
and will place a notice on the vehicle informing the owner that the car
will be towed if not moved within a 72-hour period. The officer will return
after a 72-hour period. If the vehicle has not been moved, the officer
will impound the vehicle.
should I do if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A. A person should first ensure that no one is injured.
If no one is injured, all parties (drivers) should exchange information:
driver's license numbers (if in possession or known), vehicle license
numbers, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers (passengers,
if possible), and the names of the insurance companies of the drivers
involved. The involved persons should also write down the location where
the traffic collision occurred (utilizing cross street names or addresses
and street names) and the time it occurred.
are the reporting requirements if I've been involved in a traffic accident?
A. A traffic collision report will be taken by the
Police or Sheriff's Department when one of the following reporting criteria
person involved in the traffic collision has been injured (complaining
of pain is considered injury) or dies
one of the drivers is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
one of the drivers has fled the location without stopping to exchange
information or check on the welfare of the other parties involved
city or county property is involved (city vehicle, light post, signal
damage in excess of $500 has been done.
Q. How do I make a traffic accident report?
A. To make a traffic accident report, a person only
needs to contact the Police or Sheriff's Department and an officer will
be dispatched to take the report and investigate the accident. A person
can contact either the Police Department or Sheriff's Department by calling
one of the following numbers:
if it's an emergency
Sheriff -- 620-544-4386.
Q. What is the procedure for posting bail?
A. Bail can be posted at the Stevens County Sheriff's
Department 24 hours a day. Bail may be posted in one of the following
manners: cash, Surety Bond, cashier's check made payable to the Stevens
County Sheriff's Department and drawn on a Kansas bank.
Q. Where and when will an arrestee go to jail?
A. The court arraignment location is determined by
two factors: where a person was arrested and the type of charge filed
against him/her. Please call the jail facility for more information.
will an arrestee be sent after he/she goes to court?
A. Arrestees who remain in custody after arraignment
are remanded to the custody of the Stevens County Sheriff's Department.
there a telephone number I can call to find out if someone is in jail?
A. The public can call 620-544-4386
24 hours a day to find out if a person is in custody. Callers can obtain
information on anyone who is in custody at the jail.
many visits can an arrestee have?
A. Arrestees may have one visit a week by a friend
or family member during established visiting hours. An attorney, bail
bondsperson, or member of the clergy may visit anytime.
can I report child abuse?
A. Call the Police Department, Sheriff's Department,
or Social Services Department. In the Hugoton area the phone number is
or, if the abuse continues, make an emergency call to 911. The identities
of callers reporting child abuse are protected by state statute.
can I report elder abuse?
A. The serious nature of the problem of elder abuse
and dependent adult abuse, coupled with the increasing numbers of reports
of such abuse, has made it vital that the Stevens County Sheriff's Department,
Hugoton Police Department, and Kansas Department of SRS work closely together
to provide a meaningful response to abuse reports.
physical abuse" is defined as a situation where any person who has
the care or custody of, or who stands in a position of trust with an elder,
willfully inflicts upon that elder any cruel or inhuman corporal punishment
or injury. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, direct beatings,
sexual assault, unreasonable physical constraint, or prolonged deprivation
of food or water.
report elder abuse, call the Police Department, Sheriff's Department,
or Social Services Department. In the Hugoton area that phone number is
or if the abuse continues, make an emergency call to 911.
should I use 911 versus 7-digit telephone lines?
A. Call 911 when there is a life or death emergency
that requires the immediate response of emergency service such as police,
fire, or paramedic. Always call 911 when there is a medical problem or
something that requires any of the emergency services to respond. Emergency
services include the police, sheriff, ambulance, and fire departments.
there is a situation that requires police response but is not an emergency,
use the non-emergency 7-digit telephone numbers:
Q. How can I call 911 at all times?
A. All 911 calls are received by Police Dispatchers
who are trained to screen call quickly and efficiently. When calling to
report a non-emergency incident, dial the operator and ask for a non-emergency
police line. This does not require money when calling from a pay phone.
911 (on a pay phone it is not necessary to deposit money).
Tell the 911 operator what you need--ambulance, fire truck, or the police.
Be calm. When a caller is upset, it is hard to understand what he or she
is saying or to get vital information quickly.
Stay on the phone. Do not hang up!
Give your name and address. If your address is different from the location
of the crimes, be sure to let the operator know.
If possible, give the operator suspect description, weapons (if any),
and vehicle descriptions and license.
Emergency operators will verify your address and telephone to ensure that
the telephone company address that is sent with the call is current and
accurate. People living in mobile home parks or on private roads often
have addresses that differ from the telephone company street addresses.
If you fall into one of these categories, contact the Stevens County Emergency
Services Department to find out what your legal street address is.