Presenting the Case
Presenting your Case during the Trial
If you are represented by an attorney, you will be advised regarding the
presentation of your case. If not, you need to be aware of the
- The State will present its case first by calling witnesses to testify
- After each prosecution witness has finished giving testimony, you will have
the right to cross-examine the witness. Your examination must be in the form of
questions about their testimony. Do not argue with the witness. Do not attempt
to tell your side of the story at this time. You will have an opportunity to
tell your version of the facts later in the trial.
- After the prosecution has presented its case, you may present your case. You
have the right to call witnesses of your choosing.
- It is at this point that you may testify on your own behalf if you desire.
- Following the defense case, the State may, if it wishes, then present
- At the end of the trial, you will have an opportunity to summarize your case
to the jury, or, in a non-jury case, to the Judge. At that time, you may present
any arguments which are based on the evidence presented during the trial in
order to show your innocence.
- The State is required to prove the charge(s) against you beyond a reasonable
- The judgment or verdict will be based on the facts and evidence presented
during the trial. Only the evidence admitted by the Court and the testimony of
witnesses who are under oath can be considered.
- If you are found not guilty, the case ends. If you are found guilty, you
will be sentenced. The sentencing can take place at the time you are found
guilty, or on a later date.