What are my constitutional rights?
All persons accused of any crime or traffic offense that might result in a jail sentence have the following rights:
  • To have a lawyer present with you at all hearings
  • If you cannot afford to hire one to represent you, one will, one will be appointed to represent you (you may be required to reimburse the county in full or in part for this expense)
  • To represent yourself without a lawyer
  • To a public and speedy trial
  • To cross-examine any witness who testifies against you
  • To call witnesses to testify on your behalf and have the court compel their attendance
  • To testify or not testify yourself; if you choose not to, no one can make you testify
  • To appeal to the Superior Court within 30 days if you are convicted after a not guilty plea

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1. I have a case in collection, what do I do?
2. Who do I contact about compliance monitoring?
3. What if I have more than one ticket?
4. What should I wear and how should I act in court?
5. What is an arraignment?
6. What are my constitutional rights?
7. Should I talk to a lawyer before entering a plea?
8. How do I obtain a lawyer if I cannot afford one?
9. What happens if I plead guilty?
10. What happens if I plead not guilty?
11. How do I obtain a continuance?
12. What happens if I am sentenced to jail?
13. What must I do if I can't pay my entire fine today?
14. What happens if I fail to appear in court?
15. What if my mailing address has changed?