The purpose of an arraignment on a violation is to enter a plea with the judge. When the judge calls your case you have 2 options at your arraignment:
- Plead No Contest. A plea of “no contest” will be treated for sentencing purposes by the court as an admission of responsibility. A fine will be assessed and reduced if possible.
- Plead Not Guilty. This plea means you are contesting the charge against you. If you plead not guilty, the court will not consider your explanation until the time set for your trial.
The purpose of an arraignment on a criminal charge is to notify you of your rights and your charges. You may apply for a court appointed attorney. You will be asked to fill out a form stating that you are requesting a trial and that you are unable to obtain counsel because of finances. You may download a copy of the form from the Court Forms page. Be sure to bring the completed form with you at your appearance. Please remember that the Court Clerks cannot give legal advice.
If you are charged with a crime, then you or your attorney MUST appear at the time and place indicated on the summons (ticket). There are no other options. Failure to appear will result in a warrant being issued.
ADVISE OF RIGHTS On Criminal Matters
- You have the right to a court appointed attorney if indigent.
- You have the right to a trial by jury.
- You have the right to confront witnesses.
- You have the right to assist in your defense.
- You have the right to remain silent.
- You have the right to be presumed innocent until found guilty.
- A plea of guilty waives all above rights.
- You will be advised as to what the maximum penalty is.
- If you are a non-citizen, you will be advised of the consequences.
- You will be read the statute you are being charged under.