NOTICE TO ALL DEFENDANTS
You have been charged with (accused of) commission of a crime. If you are convicted, you may be fined (required to pay money to the court), or sentenced to jail (required to spend time in jail), or both. In certain cases, your driver's license or your hunting or fishing license may be suspended (taken away from you).
Your case has been scheduled for ARRAIGNMENT. At ARRAIGNMENT you will be told the nature of the charge, and the possible penalties if you are convicted, and you will be advised of certain constitutional rights and guarantees of due process (rights to a fair trial or hearing). The proceeding when you are told those things is called an "ARRAIGNMENT".
When your case is called, please come forward and stand in front of the Judge. The Judge will question you to make sure that:
The Judge will then ask you if you want to talk to a lawyer before the case proceeds further, or before trial is held. If you do want to talk to a lawyer, the case will be continued (postponed) to give you time to talk to a lawyer. If you do not want to talk to a lawyer, the Judge will ask you if you are ready to plead (admit or deny that you committed the crime charged).
If you plead NOT
GUILTY (deny you committed the crime), the case will be continued
AND OTHER RIGHTS OF FAIR TRIAL INCLUDE:
REMEMBER, IF YOU DENY THAT YOU COMMITTED THE OFFENSE CHARGED, (OR CLAIM ANY OTHER DEFENSE TO THE CHARGE) YOUR CASE CANNOT BE HEARD TODAY, AND YOUR CASE MUST BE CONTINUED (POSTPONED) TO ANOTHER DATE FOR TRIAL OR OTHER HEARING.
NOW, PLEASE READ THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS INSTRUCTION SHEET
FORM NO. 510 DEFINFO(rev. 1/00)
NON MANDATORY CASES. For this type of case, the bail amount will ordinarily have been written in the space on the citation (ticket) form called "penalty/bail". If your citation shows a dollar amount, you can pay that amount to the clerk under the procedure outlined above, and you will not have to appear further on the case, and the case will be completed.
MANDATORY CASES. Even though the term "MANDATORY" has been written on your citation, certain types of cases may be resolved using the "bail forfeiture" procedure outlined above, if this is your first charge of the type listed. Bail forfeiture for these cases will only be allowed if you meet certain other requirements.
There may be certain other "Mandatory" charges where a "post and forfeit" may be allowed, with the consent of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. If you wish to discuss this possibility with a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, you will be referred to one.
If you need time to post the bail and/or comply with licensing requirements, the Court can grant you reasonable additional time to do so.
SPECIAL NOTE: IF A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED ON ANY CHARGE BECAUSE YOU FAILED TO APPEAR AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED, THE STANDARD BAIL AMOUNT WILL BE INCREASED $25 FOR THE FIRST WARRANT AND $50 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT WARRANT ISSUED.
IN NO CASE ARE YOU REQUIRED TO USE THE "POST AND FORFEIT" PROCEDURE. YOU MAY ALWAYS HAVE A HEARING ON THE CHARGE ON A PLEA OF EITHER "GUILTY" OR "NOT GUILTY". If such a hearing is held, and if you are convicted, the Court will sentence you without regard to the established bail amount, and the amount of penalty assessed following such hearing may be more or may be less than the established bail amount.
FORM NO.510 DEFINFO(REV1/00)
FORM NO. 510 DEFINFO(rev. 7/99)