The Initial Plea hearing may be the first time you appear in court and most people are concerned and upset. The Court urges you to read this information to help you understand the procedures used in Municipal Court and your rights. This is a court of law. While the proceedings are sometimes informal, respect and proper decorum must be observed at all times. As you wait for your case to be called, please remain silent. Do not engage in any behavior that might be disruptive and prejudice another person’s case. Anyone who fails to conduct themselves appropriately may be cited for contempt.
You have the right to an attorney. If you want an attorney you may stop the court and ask for an adjournment in order to hire an attorney.
When your case is called please have a seat in front of the “bench.” The Court will tell you the nature of the charge(s) as well as the maximum penalty which can be imposed. If you do not understand the charge(s), please ask the Judge to explain it to you.