* You are entitled to hear all testimony introduced against you.
* You have the right to testify in your own behalf. You also have the constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, your refusal cannot and will not be used against
you in determining you guilt or innocence. However, if you do choose to testify, the prosecutor will have the right or cross-examine you.
* You may call witnesses to testify in your behalf.
* You also have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure their appearance at trial. However, you must furnish the names, addresses and telephone
numbers of these witnesses to the court at least two weeks prior to your trial date. It is your responsibility to serve subpoenas.
PRESENTING THE CASE
As in all criminal trials, the City will present its case first by calling witnesses to testify against you.
After each prosecution witness has finished testifying, you will have the right to cross-examine him or her. Your examination MUST BE IN THE FORM OF QUESTIONS.
This is not a time to make a statement and you must not argue with the witness. You will have an opportunity to make a statement later in the trial. After that prosecution has
presented its case, you may present your case. You have the right to call nay witnesses who know anything about the incident.
You may testify in your own behalf, but cannot be compelled to do so. The Judge will base his decision only on the State Law or City Ordinance involved and the facts as determined
by the testimony and other evidence presented. When you testify, try to be fair and calm. Do not evade answering any questions.
The verdict of the Judge will be based on the testimony which sounds most reasonable and on the facts presented during the trail. in making his determination, he will only consider
the testimony of the witnesses who are under oath.
If you are found guilty by the Judge, he will announce the penalty. You should be prepared to pay the fine at that time. You may request an extension of time to pay or an extension of
time to pay or an extension of ten (10) days to appeal the ruling of the Judge. This Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Municipal Court with ten(10) days after the verdict.
The amount of fine assessed by the court is affected by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine. However, aggravating circumstances
may increase the fine. In no case may the fine exceed $500.00 per charge, and not more than $182.50 on minor traffic violations. All fines are deposited in the General Fund of the
City of Fair Grove.
If you are found guilty of an offense, court costs will be added to the fine. Court costs are required by state law and are remitted both to the General Fund of the City and to the
State Department of Revenue. Court costs are $12.00, Crime victims Compensation $7.50, Law Enforcement Training @2.00, Police Officer Training $1.00, Court Automation Fee
$7.00, Sheriff Retirement Fund $3.00, Judicial Facilities Surcharge $10.00, Total $42.50
RIGHT OF APPEAL
If you are not satisfied with the verdict of the Court, you have the right to appeal the verdict to the Circuit Court of Greene County. If you do appeal, You must post court costs of
$30.00 with the Municipal Court Clerk who will then forward the money and the case filed to the Circuit Court. You will be notified of a new court date and your case will be heard
again in its entirety by another judge. You must file the appeal within ten (10) days of the judgement. If the judgement is not appealed within ten (10) days, it becomes final and
you must pay the fines and costs assessed by the Court.
Court Contact Info:
Court Physical Address:
81 S. Orchard Blvd.
Fair Grove MO 65648
Court is held every third Thursday at 1:30 pm
Court Mailing Address:
Fair Grove Municipal Court
PO Box 107
Fair Grove MO 65648
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