Do I need an attorney to represent me in court?

Your Representation

This is ultimately a question that you alone must answer. You have the constitutional right to represent yourself in any criminal proceeding in the Pittsburg Municipal Court. In most circumstances, it would not be necessary to retain an attorney for cases such as simple traffic matters.

City Representation

The City will be represented by an experienced prosecutor who is a trained attorney. You will be expected to know and follow the rules of procedure and evidence, as well as the proper method of asking questions. Also, remember that the Judge is not allowed to help you.

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1. Where is the court located?
2. Where can I park?
3. What if I need special accommodations for my disability?
4. Do I have to appear in court?
5. Do I need an attorney to represent me in court?
6. What is an arraignment?
7. What is the difference between pleas of not guilty, guilty, and nolo contendere (no contest)?
8. How can I get my witnesses to appear in court?
9. How can I request a continuance on my trial date?
10. What can I expect at my trial?
11. Can I attend traffic school as a means of having my citation amended or to reduce the points on my driver's license?
12. Can I make payments on my fine or must I pay the full amount?