Your Rights



"It is my role to assure procedural justice.  I pledge that you will receive fair treatment in our court."

PLweb             Chief Judge Pam Liston

You have many rights as a defendant in municipal court:


  • You are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  
  • You have the right to testify on your own behalf or refuse to do so without consequences.
  • You have the right to retain an attorney, but you are not required to do so.  
  • You have the right to represent yourself as a pro se defendant.  
  • You have the right to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. 
  • You have the right to receive a copy of the complaint before trial as well as other information the state has about your case (discovery). 

Your rights during trial:


  • You have the right to a jury trial or a trial before a judge.
  • You have the right to hear all testimony introduced against you. 
  • You have the right to cross examine witnesses who testify against you. 
  • You have the right to testify on your own behalf or refuse to do so without consequences.
  • You have the right to subpoena and call witnesses to testify on your behalf. 
  • You have the right to appeal. 

If you need the services of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court staff at the time of your request for a court date.  If you have questions about your rights, you may hire an attorney.    




  1. Physical Address
    4401 Rowlett Road
    Rowlett, TX 75088

    Phone: 972-412-6222
    Fax: 972-412-6251