What if I plead not guilty?

If you plead not guilty, the judge will preside over a trial to determine whether you are guilty or not guilty. The trial may be held that day, but in certain circumstances it may be rescheduled.

In a trial, the prosecutor first will call the state’s witnesses, the witnesses against you. They will answer the prosecutor’s questions and present any other evidence they have. When the prosecutor is finished with each witness, you, or your attorney, will be permitted to ask them questions about their testimony.

When the prosecutor’s case is complete, it will be your turn to call witnesses and present evidence on your behalf. You can testify, although you are not required to do so. If you testify, the prosecutor can ask you questions or cross-examine you. After all witnesses and evidence have been presented, the judge will decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. If you are found guilty, the judge will impose a sentence.

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1. Do I need to appear in court if I choose to plead guilty and pay the fine
2. If I can plead guilty without going to court, how much will I have to pay?
3. What should I expect when I go to court?
4. What is a plea agreement?
5. What happens if I plead guilty in court?
6. What if I plead not guilty?
7. Can I use the Internet to find more information or to plead guilty and pay a fine?
8. If I am found guilty, what happens after court?
9. How can I appeal a decision of the court?
10. What happens when the court’s orders are not obeyed?