Trial Procedures

Each side is expected to have its witnesses present at trial.  If you have witnesses, you must bring them with you.  You have a right to be represented by an attorney, but you do not have to have a lawyer in order to have a trial.  The court will not appoint an attorney for you.  It is your responsibility to have an attorney in court if you so choose.
  1. The City will call its witnesses first to testify as to the facts and circumstances surrounding your violation.  You or your attorney will be allowed to ask questions of each witness, including the arresting police officer.
  2. When the City completes its case, you and your witnesses will be able to testify and will be subject to cross-examination by the City Attorney.
  3. After all the evidence has been presented; each side will have an opportunity to briefly summarize its case for the court.
  4. Finally, the Judge will determine whether you are guilty or not guilty of the violation.  If you are found GUILTY, your penalty will depend upon the circumstances of the violation and your past record.  If you cannot immediately pay the forfeiture, you may request the Judge to allow additional time to pay.
  5. If you are found NOT GUILTY, the complaint against you will be dismissed.