Initial Appearance Proceedings

Upon entering the courtroom you will sign in and be screened for any weapons or other illegal items. At the designated time the Judge will enter the Courtroom, explain the Court procedures and your plea options: not guilty, guilty, and no contest.

When your name is called you must come forward and sit before the Judge. You will be informed of the charges against you, the possible penalties, and your rights. You are not on trial, however you will be asked to make a plea at this time.

If you plead "not guilty" you will be assigned a pre-trial conference at a later date, given instructions by the clerk, and excused. If you plead "guilty" or "no contest" a trial is not necessary and the Judge will decide your case. You will be asked if you wish to make a statement. Based on your statement and the available facts, including any previous record that you have, the Judge will render a decision. 

Guilty and no contest pleas typically involve forfeitures. In such cases payment is expected immediately. If you have extenuating circumstances and wish to request an extension of the due date, you may do so at this time.