What happens at a City Court Hearing?

You should be seated quietly in the courtroom at the time scheduled for court to begin. Suitable "general public" attire is required. Gentlemen are asked to remove hats. Everyone is asked to turn off or turn to vibrate their cell phones/pagers. There is no food or drink allowed in the courtroom.


Court begins when the Judge enters the court room. The Judge will give you an opportunity to explain any circumstances of your case, no matter what you plea. The judge may also ask questions to better understand your case.

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1. Can I pay my ticket before the court date and keep from having to go to court?
2. What happens at a City Court Hearing?
3. How long will my court appearance take?
4. How can I change my court date?
5. Do I need an attorney to represent my case?
6. If I disagree with the judge’s ruling on my case, what can I do?
7. What if I want to plead not guilty and have a trial?
8. Can I take traffic school to reduce the number of points that might be assessed?
9. What if I don’t have the money to pay now?
10. What if I ignore my court date?
11. How do I obtain or request a copy of my accident or police report?
12. How do red light cameras work?
13. I am positive that the light was yellow when I crossed the stop line. Why did I receive a citation?
14. Is this technology really reliable and accurate?
15. Where are the Photo Red Light cameras located?
16. The roads were really slippery at the time, and I felt that it was safer to go through the intersection than to brake and stop in the middle of it. Can I get my case dismissed?
17. I was driving a heavily loaded truck and could not stop for the red light. Isn't this a defense?
18. I was behind a large truck that blocked my view of the light/school zone light. Will the prosecutor dismiss my case?
19. Doesn't photo red light/radar violate my constitutional rights?