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Old 11-10-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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Maybe somebody can explain this: If a person is charged with a crime like a misdemeanor or traffic offense and they wish to have a trial and represent themselves in court, how do they testify? Do they ask themselves a question and answer it? Would they have to jump in and out of the witness seat for each question?
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Maybe somebody can explain this: If a person is charged with a crime like a misdemeanor or traffic offense and they wish to have a trial and represent themselves in court, how do they testify? Do they ask themselves a question and answer it? Would they have to jump in and out of the witness seat for each question?
You would simply give your version of events on the stand......

It's not like it will be some big murder trial that last's for days and weeks with lawyers objecting and moving to strike and this and that, likely will fill your afternoon and thats about it.

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Old 11-10-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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The Texas polygamist, Warren Jeffs fired his attorney and defended himself. In his closing arguments he preached a sermon to the jury for 55 minutes.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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It's not a stupid question. Lol. But they just tell their side. Judges usually will ask them questions as well.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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And it's a horrible idea to do that. You wouldn't have an attorney to advise you to keep your trap shut. Anything you bring out on the stand, you can be cross-examined on. On the bright side, you get more leeway than an attorney would when cross-examining the other side's witnesses.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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And it's a horrible idea to do that. You wouldn't have an attorney to advise you to keep your trap shut. Anything you bring out on the stand, you can be cross-examined on. On the bright side, you get more leeway than an attorney would when cross-examining the other side's witnesses.
It's a traffic offense he's speaking of, I doubt there will be all that.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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Trying to fight a traffic citation is such a waste of time. They're just going to slap you with the maximum penalty and court costs. Unless you have serious evidence or a verifiable story (e.g. the traffic signal wasn't working) your only hope is that the cop doesn't show up. Good luck with that.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Maybe somebody can explain this: If a person is charged with a crime like a misdemeanor or traffic offense and they wish to have a trial and represent themselves in court, how do they testify? Do they ask themselves a question and answer it? Would they have to jump in and out of the witness seat for each question?
Since you are in Nevada, and each state will differ a bit, you can begin
reading on this site:
How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Nevada | DMV

Traffic Court really doesn't involve a jury. You can pretty much just speak to the judge when it is your time to do so. If the judge feels the case is such that it would need a separate trial....then he/she will advise you at that time. IF a court trial is needed, you can get a court appointed attorney at no cost or hire your own traffic lawyer or do it yourself. The only problem with doing is yourself is if you miss one step on proper filing or other procedures....it can mess up your case. So, tread carefully.

This site may be helpful as well:
A Guide to Traffic Tickets and Traffic Court | Lawfirms.com
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