Courtroom Frequently Asked Questions

When will my trial be?

The judge will set your trial date on the day of your Pre-Trial Conference. Usually, the trial takes place three to six weeks from the Pre-Trial Conference depending upon the court’s schedule.


Do I get a jury trial?

You have a right to have your trial in front of a jury only if you are charged with any one of the following offenses:

  • DUI
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting

If you have been charged with one of these offenses and you want a jury trial, you must tell the judge. Otherwise, your trial will be set as a bench trial.


Should I testify on my own behalf?

If you think that it will help your case, you should testify. However, you will be under oath and will be subjected to cross-examination by the prosecutor.


Will the court provide a lawyer for my defense?

The Court will appoint a lawyer to represent you only if both of these two requirements are met:

  • The State is asking for jail time as part of your sentence AND
  • The Court has determined that you cannot afford to hire an attorney.


Should I get a lawyer if one is not appointed to me?

As a defendant, you have the right to represent yourself in court. However, depending upon your experience, you may be at a serious disadvantage when preparing for and presenting your case. Lawyers understand the law and the legal system, so their services may prove invaluable to you. Even the smallest bit of advice from a lawyer can be extremely helpful.


If you cannot afford lawyer, and the State is not asking for jail time, you may want to contact one of the following agencies to assist you with your legal problems:

Lawyer Referral Service of the Pima County Bar Association.

177 N. Church

Tucson, AZ 85701

(520) 623-4625


Southern Arizona People’s Law Center

611 N. 4th Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 623-7306


Otherwise, you may want to look in the Yellow Pages under "Attorneys" for a complete listing of lawyers in the Tucson area.


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