Frequently Asked Questions for State Court
is the dress code for State Court?
A:† No shorts, no tank tops, and no obscene or offensive clothing
Q : What is
A:† Arraignment is a formal legal procedure where a defendant enters a plea to a case.† That plea can be guilty to the charges or some reduced version of the charges, or a not guilty is entered when a trial is requested.† Trials can be judge only or jury trials.
should I handle my case?
A:† Only an attorney hired or appointed to represent you can answer that question.† Ultimately, only you can decide how to handle your case
4. Q: How can I qualify for an attorney?
A:† You can qualify in court; qualification is based on income and assets owned.
Q: I didnít
qualify for an attorney, but I still canít afford one, what should I do?
A:† Depending on the circumstances, the court can make limited exceptions but generally, you will need to hire an attorney or represent yourself.† Attorneys often will offer attractive payment plans should you wish to hire one.
6. Q: Should I represent myself?
A:† Only you can decide that question.† The courtís only interest is in making sure you understand the downsides to such a decision, but the right to represent yourself is guaranteed.
Q:† How can I get a speed reduction?
A:† Only the solicitor can make speed reductions with the approval of the court.† Decisions are based on a defendantís record and the particular circumstances of the case.
8. Q: My wife is the victim in my case, and she wonít press charges.† How do I get my case dismissed?
A: The solicitor alone makes the decision whether to dismiss a case, and while victim wishes are taken into account, cases are often prosecuted without the victimís consent.