The purpose of an arraignment on a violation is to enter a plea. If you prefer to do this in front of the judge you will have 2 options at your arraignment:

  • Plead No Contest. A plea of "no contest" is not an admission of guilt. The court will find you guilty and impose the presumptive fine listed on the ticket.
  • Plead Not Guilty. The plea means you are contesting the charge against you. If you plead not guilty. The court will not consider any explanation until the time set for trial.

The purpose of an arraignment on a Criminal charge is to notify you of your rights and your charges. You may apply for a court appointed attorney. You will be asked to fill out a form stating that you are unable to obtain counsel because of finances. You may download a copy of the form from this site. Be sure to email or bring the completed form with you at your appearance. Please remember that the Court Clerks cannot give legal advice. If you are charged with a crime, then you must appear at the time and place indicated on your summons (ticket). There are no other options unless you have been arraigned for the current charges. Please contact the court to see if you may appear before the date listed. Failure to appear will result in a warrant being issued. If you have not been previously arraigned on the charge you will need to see the judge.