What is a "contested" hearing?

When you request a Contested Hearing you deny you committed the  infraction(s). The city must prove by a preponderance of the evidence  that you committed the infraction. A Contested Hearing is similar to a  mini-trial. You have the right to subpoena the officer or any witness  that may assist you. All witnesses must be subpoenaed no later than 14  days before the hearing. You must also submit the list of witnesses to  the City Prosecutor. The Prosecutor has the right to represent the City  of Gig Harbor if he/she chooses.  You must appear in person at a  contested hearing.  Hearings by mail are not allowed for contested  hearings. 

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