Trial Information

Your Rights
At the time of a trial in Waunakee Municipal Court, you have certain rights as a defendant, which you may exercise. You have the right to hire a lawyer to represent you. If you choose to hire a lawyer, you should do so as soon as possible so that he/she may acquaint himself or herself with your case.

You have the right to call witnesses on your behalf, and you have the right to subpoena those witnesses. During the trial, you have the right to testify on your own behalf. After the verdict is rendered and judgment is entered, you have the right to appeal the decision to Dane County Circuit Court. All appeals must be filed in writing within 20 days after judgment.

Trial Procedure
The trial procedure is as follows:
  • The prosecution will produce its witnesses to testify as to the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violation. You or your lawyer will be permitted to cross-examine each witness.
  • When the prosecution has completed its case, you and your witnesses will be given the opportunity to testify and will be subject to cross-examination by the prosecution.
  • After all the evidence has been presented, the prosecution and the defense will be given an opportunity to summarize by brief argument their respective cases to the court.
  • Thereafter, the court will determine your innocence or guilt.

If the court finds you not guilty, you will be discharged and the complaint against you will be dismissed. If you are found guilty, the court will impose a penalty, taking into consideration the seriousness of the violation and any other relevant factors.