Arraignment, also known as the Advisement of Rights
Hearing, is your first court date. During this brief court procedure, the judge
will explain the charges filed against you and ask whether you would like a
lawyer to help you through the court process. If you cannot afford to hire a
private lawyer, the judge will assign one.
You will need to follow the following steps for
30 minutes before your scheduled court hearing to fill out paperwork.
- Dress appropriately for court. Click here to see the Court's dress code.
Intake Officer will help you fill out your paperwork.
are not called in any particular order.
for your name to be called by the Sheriff’s Deputy. You should not leave
the courtroom area at any time, unless absolutely necessary.
judge will advise you of your charge(s) and review your paperwork.
will be given a second court date for your adjudication.
Adjudication is your trial. An attorney will
represent you and present evidence for your case, and you will plead guilty or
not guilty. Witnesses may be asked to speak in court to determine the outcome
of your case.
Disposition is your sentencing. Dispositions
vary from case to case, but they may include the following:
time (Juvenile Detention Center, commitment to the Department of Juvenile
Justice, or time in an Adult Detention Center if you are over 18)
of certain programs
or Family Counseling