What happens at a trial?

Depending the alleged offense(s), you are entitled to a trial by jury. You are entitled to hear all testimony against you. You have a right to cross-examine any witness who testifies against you, to testify on your own behalf and you hold a Constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, a refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining guild or innocence. However, if you choose to testify, the Town will have the right to cross-examine you.

You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf and have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witness to ensure appearance at trial.

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1. Can I reschedule/continue my court date?
2. Do I have court today?
3. Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, car issues, etc.) and I cannot make my court date today. Can you tell the judge/officer or continue my case?
4. Why didn’t the judge dismiss my case since the officer was not there ?
5. Can I represent myself?
6. My child (age 17 or older) received a ticket for curfew violation, possession of tobacco, or underage drinking. Does he/she need to go to court?
7. My child (age 16 or older) received a traffic ticket. Does he/she need to appear in court?
8. What is the procedure for entering a plea to a criminal charge?
9. What happens at a trial?
10. Can I plead by phone?
11. How long is the court session? Will it last longer than an hour?
12. Can I get a prayer for judgment?
13. Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?
14. Can I pay my ticket and still appear to plead not guilty?
15. What is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) telephone number ?
16. What to do if my driver’s license is suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket?
17. What type of payments do you accept?
18. When do I have to have my fine?
19. Can my fine be deducted from monies posted for my bond?
20. What will happen if I don’t pay my fine by the due date ?
21. Can I pay over the phone?
22. When will I get my bond money back?
23. Who gets the money on a refund?
24. What are court costs?
25. What do I do about the officer being rude?
26. Why aren’t the employees more helpful?
27. Will you call the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and tell them I paid my ticket?