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Do I need an attorney to represent me in court?

This is ultimately a question that you alone must answer. You have the constitutional right to represent yourself in any criminal proceeding in the Sparks Municipal Court. In most circumstances, it may not be necessary to retain any attorney for cases such as non-accident traffic matters. However, due to the potential serious consequences associated with offenses such as DUI or Domestic Battery, it is advisable to consult with or retain an attorney to assist you.

The City will be represented by an experienced prosecutor who is a trained attorney. The Court will provide basic information, but you will be expected to know and follow the rules of procedure and evidence, as well as the proper method of asking questions. Also, remember that the Judge is not allowed to advice or substantially help you. Your decision to represent yourself may affect your case adversely. It may be highly beneficial that you retain an attorney to represent you.