What should I do to prepare for a trial?
There are several things you should consider when preparing for a trial:

  1. Are there witnesses you want to testify? If the answer is yes, you need to make sure that they will be there on the day of the trial. Any such witness should have personal knowledge of the incident based on what he or she saw or heard. Do not bring in letters or statements written at your request. They may be hearsay and more than likely will not be admitted as evidence. If you have any doubts that witnesses you would like to call will appear voluntarily, you have the right to subpoena them into court.

  2. Photos, Maps, and Drawings: If you think such evidence will help the judge understand your case, bring them to court. However, you or whoever took the photos or drew the drawings should be prepared to testify about how and when the items came into being.

  3. Testimony by the Defendant: If you plan to testify on your own behalf, think about what you are going to say beforehand. If you do testify, the city attorney will have the right to cross-examine you. If you made a statement to the police or others, these statements can be used against you at the trial.

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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?