Rights of Defendants

If you received a citation from the El Paso Police Department you are entitled to certain rights.

  • You have the right to see the complaint or citation that has been filed with the court.
  • You have the right to a trial by jury, but you may waive the right to a trial by jury and be tried by the court.
  • You have the right to represent yourself or be represented by an attorney.
  • You have the right to remain silent however you may waive this right and discuss your case with a city prosecutor in an effort to dispose of your case without a trial.


General Information

This information provides basic information relative to law governing procedures concerning traffic cases.


The El Paso Municipal Court clerks are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.

You have the right to a trial by a jury and to be represented by an attorney of your choice, or to represent yourself.

Traffic offenses, generally, are punishable by a fine of not more than $200.00 and all costs of court.

Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.