The Trial

You always have the right to have your case set for trial. The State is then required to prove the charge against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

Depending on the alleged offense, you will be entitled to either a jury trial or a non-jury trial. You will have the right to call witnesses on your behalf and to have the Court issue subpoenas for your witnesses. You also have the right to cross-examine any of the State's witnesses who testify against you.

You have a Constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, your refusal cannot be used against you in determining your guilt or innocence. If you choose to testify, the Prosecutor has the right to cross examine you.