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Trials & Attorneys
At trial, you have:
- The right to have notice of the complaint not later than the day before any proceedings in the prosecution.
- The right to inspect the complaint before trial, and have it read to you at the trial.
- The right to hear all testimony introduced against you.
- The right to cross-examine witnesses who testify against you.
- The right to testify on your own behalf.
- The right not to testify (Your refusal to do so may not be held against you in determining your innocence or guilt.)
- You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf at the trial, and have the court issue a subpoena (a court order) to any witnesses to ensure their appearance at the trial.
A trial in a municipal court is a fair, impartial and public trial as in any other court. Under Texas law, you may be brought to trial only after a sworn complaint is filed against you.
Read a full explanation of the Court of Record Trial procedures (PDF)
Preparing for Trial
Ten days prior to trial you must submit the following documents if needed:
- Request to Subpoena a Witness
- Request to Obtain an Interpreter
- Request to Record Court Proceeding
- All pre-trial motions
If you are to be represented by an attorney the court must have a letter of representation on file.
If you are representing a defendant, the court must have a letter of representation on file. Once one is submitted, you will become the attorney on record for your client’s case until such time as the case is finally disposed of or you submit a written request to withdraw.
You may submit your letter of representation online below, by fax at 281-425-1017 or by email.