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.