You must appear for your arraignment unless you have hired an attorney to enter an appearance for you. If you are late, a $5.00 cost will be assessed.
You will have the option of pleading not guilty and having a pretrial conference, usually that same morning. The purpose of the pretrial conference is to give you the opportunity to discuss your case informally with the City Prosecutor to see if you can reach a plea agreement regarding the disposition of the case.
If you reach a plea agreement with the Prosecutor, any paperwork and/or payment needs to be taken care of that day. If you do not reach a plea agreement or do not wish to meet with the prosecutor, your case can be set for trial. The trial date will be within 90 days of the day that you pled not guilty.