All trials in the Municipal Court are presided over by a fair and impartial Judge. Your first appearance in court is to enter your plea. If you decide to plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) you may request to speak to the judge to discuss extenuating circumstances that you want the judge to consider. If you plead not guilty, you will need to decide whether you want a trial by jury or a trial before the judge.
Upon your not guilty plea, the court will more than likely reset your case to the next available court docket. You will have the opportunity to speak to the prosecutor prior to going to trial if you want. The prosecutor may offer you a plea agreement. You may accept this agreement or refuse the offer and proceed to trial. Any plea agreement is subject to approval of the court. The following are some of the rights you have in court.
1. The right to inspect the complaint before trial and have it read to you at the trial
2. The right to have your case tried before a jury, if you so desire
3. The right to hear all testimony introduced against you
4. The right to cross-examine witnesses who testify against you
5. The right to testify in your behalf
6. The right not to testify, if you so desire
If you choose not to testify, your refusal to do so may not be held against you in determining your innocence or guilt.