Your Rights

You have many rights as a defendant in municipal court.  In a criminal case, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to represent yourself (as a Pro Se defendant) or pay a lawyer to represent you.

Your rights during trial

  • You have the right to a jury trial or a trial before a judge;
  • You have the right to examine the evidence (called discovery);
  • You have the right to hear all testimony introduced against you;
  • You have the right to cross-examine witnesses who testify against you;
  • You have the right to present evidence and call witnesses to testify on your behalf;
  • You have the right to testify on your own behalf or remain silent; and
  • You have the right to request that the court consider alternatives to payment if you are convicted and unable to immediately pay the fine and court costs.

 Note:  If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the court prior to your trial.