Rights and Responsibilities

In The Circuit Court of St. Louis County Missouri
Municipal Division of The City of Ferguson

You Have The Following Rights


  • To understand the nature of the charge against you
  • To be aware of the minimum and mandatory penalty
  • To be represented by an attorney
  • If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you

If you plead not guilty you will have the right:

  • To a trial by a judge or jury
  • To present witnesses on your behalf
  • To confront and cross examine witnesses against you
  • To testify if you desire, but you cannot be compelled to testify
  • If you do not understand these rights you may have them explained to you by the judge

If there is a fine you have the right: 

  • To make periodic payments in an amount you can afford
  • To present evidence of your financial condition if you cannot afford to make payments
  • To request community service as an alternative

Your Have The Following Responsibilities 

  • To appear in court and make payments when required
  • To inform the court of address changes when a case is active