What happens at a trial?
This is a formal hearing where the city attorney and the defendant have the opportunity to present their evidence before the municipal judge. The city has the burden of proving its case by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence. The city puts its case in first. This usually involves calling witnesses and introducing documentary evidence. Once a witness for the city has testified, the defendant has a right to cross-examine that witness. After the city has introduced all of the evidence that it wishes to present, the defendant then has the opportunity to testify on his or her own behalf, call witnesses, and introduce documentary evidence. The city attorney is entitled to cross-examine any witness called by the defendant. After all the evidence has been heard by the judge, each side is given an opportunity to make a closing argument. The judge then applies the admissible evidence to the specific state statute or city ordinance that the defendant is charged with violating and determines whether he or she is guilty or not guilty.

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1. Do I need an attorney?
2. What happens at a trial?
3. What should I do to prepare for a trial?
4. What do I need to know about police reports?
5. Will I have to pay more than the amount on the citation if I am found guilty?
6. What if I need a postponement?
7. If I am found guilty, can I appeal?
8. If I change my mind, can I change my plea before the trial?