What happens at trial?
If you enter a plea of “not guilty,” your case will be scheduled for a trial. At trial, the city has the burden to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The City Prosecutor will call witnesses to testify against you, and you will have the right to cross-examine each witness. You are also allowed to call witnesses or testify on your own behalf. After all the evidence is presented, the Municipal Court Judge will enter a finding of guilty or not guilty. There are no jury trials in Municipal Court. You have the right to have an attorney represent you at trial, but you are not required to have an attorney. If you represent yourself, you are a “pro se” defendant.

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1. How do I pay a municipal court fine and court costs?
2. If I pay my fine, do I still have to come to Municipal Court?
3. What is the function of Municipal Court?
4. How are municipal court fines and court costs set?
5. What are the breakdown of court costs?
6. Can I do community service to pay off my fines?
7. What happens at arraignment?
8. What is a “plea?"
9. What happens at trial?
10. What happens at sentencing?
11. Can I speak to a City Prosecutor about my case?
12. Can I have an attorney represent me in court?
13. Can I appeal the judge’s decision?
14. Can I change my arraignment date?
15. What happens if I missed my court date?
16. Can I change the date and time of my meeting with my court services officer?
17. What happens if I miss a meeting with my court services officer?
18. I received a ticket for no proof of liability insurance for the vehicle I was driving. What are my options?
19. Can I get a diversion of any charge(s) against me?
20. Can I have my Municipal Court arrest and/or conviction expunged?
21. What is the ordinance for cell phone violations?
22. What if court is canceled due to inclement weather?
23. What if I need to reschedule my court appearance due to inclement weather?