Additional Trial Information
All trials, except juvenile cases, are public trials. You are presumed innocent and will be convicted only if the evidence is clear, convincing and satisfactory that you committed the violation with which you have been charged.
You have the right to retain your own attorney and to subpoena witnesses. You may obtain a form for subpoena from the clerk of court. Present completed subpoena to the clerk for the judge's signature. The subpoena will then be mailed to you or you may pick it up. It will be your responsibility to have the subpoena served upon the witness.
The prosecution will produce its witnesses to testify as to the facts and circumstances surrounding your alleged violation. You or your lawyer will be permitted to cross-examine each witness that testifies.
When the prosecution has completed its case, you and your witnesses will be given the opportunity to testify, and you will be subject to cross-examination by the prosecutor.
The Rules of Civil Procedure and evidence will be followed.
After all of the evidence has been presented, the prosecution and the defense will be given an opportunity to summarize, by brief argument, their respective cases to the Court. Thereafter, the Court will decide, based upon the testimony, the evidence, and the law, whether to find you guilty or not guilty.
If the Court finds you are not guilty, you will be discharged and the complaint against you will be dismissed. If you are found guilty, the extent of the penalty is dependent upon the circumstances surrounding the violation and your past record.
Either party has a right to appeal the municipal court decision to the circuit court.