What happens at arraignment?

An arraignment is the first time you appear in Court to answer to the charge(s) against you. In most cases, the arraignment date and time is specified on the citation or Notice to Appear.  At arraignment, you will inform the Court if you plan to have an attorney, or request a court appointed attorney.  At your arraignment, the Court will handle a docket of many cases. You should plan to spend at least two hours at the Court. See more information regarding court procedures.

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1. How do I pay a municipal court fine and court costs?
2. If I pay my fine, do I still have to come to Municipal Court?
3. What is the function of Municipal Court?
4. How are municipal court fines and court costs set?
5. Can I do community service to pay off my fines?
6. What happens at arraignment?
7. What is a “plea?"
8. What happens at trial?
9. What happens at sentencing?
10. Can I speak to a City Prosecutor about my case?
11. Can I have an attorney represent me in court?
12. Can I appeal the judge’s decision?
13. Can I change my arraignment date?
14. What happens if I missed my court date?
15. Can I change the date and time of my meeting with my court services officer?
16. What happens if I miss a meeting with my court services officer?
17. I received a ticket for no proof of liability insurance for the vehicle I was driving. What are my options?
18. Can I get a diversion of any charge(s) against me?
19. Can I have my Municipal Court arrest and/or conviction expunged?
20. What is the ordinance for cell phone violations?
21. What if court is canceled due to inclement weather?
22. What if I need to reschedule my court appearance due to inclement weather?