Traffic Violation Information

Civil Traffic Defendant Rights

The rights that you have as a civil traffic defendant are found in this section.

Civil Traffic Defendant Rights

You have the following rights as a civil traffic defendant:

  • The right to have a civil traffic hearing before a justice of the peace or a civil traffic hearing officer.
  • The right to be represented by counsel at the hearing. If you choose to be represented by counsel you must notify the court in writing at least 10 calendar days prior to the hearing date, otherwise you waive your right to be represented by an attorney. The court does not appoint attorneys for civil traffic violations.
  • The right to question witnesses testifying against you and cross-examine them as to the truthfulness of their testimony.
  • The right to present evidence on your behalf and the right to have subpoenas issued by the court at no cost to you to compel the attendance of witnesses.
  • The right to appeal the outcome of the civil traffic hearing. There is however, no right to appeal a judgment entered by default as a result of your failure to appear.

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