After a citation (ticket) is issued, the defendant must appear in court for an arraignment. At this first appearance, the court will advise the defendant of their rights and accept a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest (means you are not challenging the charges but are willing to accept the consequence).
Pleading Not Guilty
If a plea of not guilty is tendered, the court will then set a trial. The trial may be a trial to the court or a trial to jury. A trial to jury may be a jury of a minimum of 3 jurors or a maximum of 6 jurors. If defendants desire a trial by jury, they must make the request in writing, within 20 days of the arraignment date and include a jury fee of $25. In addition, defendants must specify the number of jurors they wish at the time they make the request or they will be tried automatically by a jury of 3.
Pleading Guilty or No Contest
If a plea of guilty or no contest is entered, there will not be a trial and the court will proceed to sentencing. Before deciding how to proceed, defendants should consider the information below relating to payment at the counter and deferred sentencing.
Specific Arraignment Information