Requesting A ContinuanceIf you need time to consult with an attorney to explore the impact of a conviction, or for other demonstrable good cause, you may request a continuance. If your request is granted by the judge, you will be given a new court date. Please do not request a continuance unless you truly feel you need one. It is uncommon for a party to be granted more than one continuance.
TrialsTrials are conducted as a "trial to the court" before Judge Weigel. There is no jury. The city has the burden to prove the violation(s) with evidence that is clear, satisfactory, and convincing. The rules of evidence are followed. The city will be represented by its municipal prosecutor. Defendants who wish to hire an attorney need to timely do so.
If a defendant wishes to have witnesses testify at trial, it is his/her responsibility to produce them at trial. A defendant may request Judge Weigel to issue a subpoena to compel the attendance of a witness. Requests for subpoenas should be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled trial date. After Judge Weigel signs the subpoena, it is the defendant's responsibility to properly serve the subpoena upon the witness.
Paying Fines (Forfeitures)If a forfeiture is imposed, the clerk will hand you a reminder slip showing the citation number, the amount owed, the due date, and the payment address. Judge Weigel always provides at least 30 days to pay, and will always grant reasonable requests for additional time to pay.
It is very important that payment is made by the due date. Failure to pay can result in significant consequences, including but not necessarily limited to suspension of a drivers license of up to one year, suspension of eligibility to obtain a license, issuance of an arrest warrant, and referral to a state or other collection agency. If you are demonstrably unable to pay your forfeiture in full prior to the due date, you can contact the clerk to obtain a court date to request an extension.