What happens if I do not go to court?

If you do not go to court on the date that you are supposed to appear, an Order for Arrest may be issued on that day. If you miss court, go to the Clerk’s Office immediately and explain the situation. You may be assigned another court date or you may not. Asking for a...

What are my rights?

Anyone charged with a misdemeanor or felony has certain legal rights. You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything about the facts of your case. If you do, your statements can be used against you during your trial. You have the right to hire an...

What will my punishment be?

From the beginning of your case, a good attorney will be frank with you and tell you your maximum exposure, minimum exposure and most likely “worst” and “best” case scenarios. By far, the large majority of crimes do not require an active sentence. Active prison...

What happens when I stand before the judge?

There are three types of offenses with which you might be charged: Infractions: An infraction carries a court cost and fine, as well as possible driver’s license and insurance points as the penalty. You cannot be sentenced to serve time in prison for an infraction....

What should I do when I am in court?

When you enter the courtroom sit close to the front. Do not talk in the courtroom. When court starts, listen for your name to be called. Your name may be mispronounced so listen closely. If I represent you, when your name is called say, “Attorney” loudly and clearly....