Arraignment is your initial court date. Here is some important information about arraignments:
- Make sure you arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on the day of your arraignment in order to fill out paperwork.
- Someone from the Juvenile Court Service Unit will help you fill out the appropriate paperwork on the day of court.
- Only after filling out the appropriate paperwork can your case be called.
- Cases are not usually called in a particular order, and will begin being called at 9 a.m.
- When you hear your name called over the loudspeaker, report to the appropriate courtroom. Do not attempt to enter the courtroom prior to the case being called.
- The judge will advise you of what you have been charged with and review your paperwork with you.
- You will potentially be given two different dates: a report on counsel date and/or an adjudication date. A report on counsel date is the date by which your hired attorney must submit a praecipe to the court advising that they will be representing you. An adjudication date is a trial date.
- If you choose to waive your right to counsel, you will be asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. You will have to return to court for disposition.
Adjudication is your trial. At this point, you may enter a plea and a trial by a judge will be conducted.
Disposition is your sentencing. Dispositions vary from case to case, but may include the following:
- Apology letters
- Community Service
- Completion of special programs
- Jail time (options include the Juvenile Detention Center, commitment to Department of Juvenile Justice, or the Adult Detention Center if over 18 years of age)
- Loss / Suspension of license
- Supervised Probation