Presenting the Case

The following represent the steps in a typical trial:
  1. The State will present an opening statement.
  2. The State will then present its case by calling witnesses to testify against you.
  3. After each witness testifies, you have the right to cross-examine that witness.
  4. Your examination must be in the form of questions.
  5. After the prosecution has finished presenting its case, you may present your case.
  6. You may present an opening statement.
  7. You may call witnesses of your choosing and questions your witnesses.
  8. The State may then cross-examine your witnesses.
  9. You may testify on your own behalf it you desire.
  10. Following the defense case, the State may present rebuttal evidence.
  11. At the end of the trial, both sides have an opportunity to present any arguments based on the facts and evidence that was presented at trial.
  12. The judgment or verdict will be based on the facts and evidence presented during the trial Only evidence admitted by the Court and testimony of witnesses who are under oath can be considered.
  13. If you are found not guilty, the case ends. If you are found guilty, you will be sentenced. The sentencing may take place on the same date, or at a later date.