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What should I expect to happen in court?

For court-required appearances, the prosecutor will call the docket on criminal arraignment and certain traffic offenses on traffic arraignment dockets. The prosecutor will ask you whether you plead guilty or not guilty.

If you plead guilty, the prosecutor will advise you of the recommendation of a sentence to the judge and the judge will then sentence you. If you plead guilty to the court magistrate on a minor traffic violation, you will be sentenced to the settlement amount and advised when to pay the fines and court costs.

If you plead not guilty, the judge will set the trial date.

For offenses that do not require a courtroom appearance, you will go to the magistrates at the payment window and they will present you with your options. They will ask if you plead guilty or not guilty. For guilty pleas, the magistrate will provide you with a due date for payment or any other requirements.