Can I represent myself?

According to state statute, you may represent yourself. You have the right to introduce evidence, examine and cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and otherwise present a defense to the charges. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney.

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1. What happens if I missed my court date for a criminal charge?
2. What happens if I missed my court date for a traffic ticket?
3. Do I have to be in court today?
4. Something unexpected has come up (e.g. illness, injury) and I cannot make my court date today. What do I do?
5. Why didn't the judge dismiss my case since the officer was not there?
6. Can I represent myself?
7. My child (age 17 or older) received a ticket for possession of tobacco, underage drinking, etc. Does he or she need to go to court?
8. My child (age 16 or older) received a traffic ticket. Does he or she need to appear in court?
9. What is the procedure for entering a plea to a traffic or criminal charge?
10. Can I plead by phone?
11. Can I get a "prayer for judgment"?
12. Can I appear earlier than my trial date and time and speak with the judge?
13. Can I pay my ticket and still appear to plead "not guilty"?