Your Rights in Court
The Municipal Court desires that you receive a full and fair hearing. In order to do so, you should be aware of the following facts:
- You have the RIGHT TO BE INFORMED OF THE CHARGES
- You have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT
concerning the charges against you, and anything you say may be held against you.
If you are charged with an INDICTABLE
offense, the Judge cannot
ask for your plea. You have the right to a probable cause hearing
before the judge and a trial by jury at the County level, if the Grand Jury indicts you. Certain INDICTABLE offenses may be tried by the Judge if you waive
indictment and trial-by-jury in writing and the county prosecutor consents. You have the right to be informed
if you have been charged with such an offense.
- You have the RIGHT TO RETAIN AN ATTORNEY.
1. If you are charged with an indictable offense and the state Public Defender determines that you cannot afford an attorney.
– OR –
2. If you are charged with a non-indictable offense and the Judge determines you cannot afford an attorney; and there is a likelihood that if convicted, you will either go to jail, receive a substantial fine, or your driver’s license will be suspended.
- You are PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT
until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.