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Arraignment: The time scheduled for the defendant to appear in court to enter a plea.

Complaint or Citation: A document that states what count(s) you are charged with.

Court Cost: Upon receipt of a ticket, an additional $75.00 charge for court costs is assessed. This fee is non-negotiable, even if no court appearance is required.

Diversions: A contract for qualified defendants that commits you to complying with certain conditions for a certain period of time, including payment of fines and fees. By agreeing to the conditions, a defendant gives up the right to a speedy trial. However, if the defendant successfully completes the diversion, the charges will be dismissed. Charges will be reinstated if the defendant fails to complete the diversion.

Failure to Appear: If you do not appear for your scheduled court date, an arrest warrant will be issued.

Guilty: Admission that you committed the act.

No Contest: A plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty. While not technically a guilty plea, it has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea bargain.

Not Guilty: Denying guilt. The City Prosecutor must prove in a bench trial (judge only, no jury) that you are guilty.

Pajamas: NOT something you wear to court.

Plea Agreements: Agreements made between the defendant and the City Prosecutor.

Pro Se: Acting as your own attorney.

Sentencing: The judge will reach a verdict at the end of the trial. If the judge enters a guilty verdict, the penalty will be announced at the time. Sentencing options could include fines, fees, jail time, probation, house arrest, community service, and/or restitution, depending on the charges.

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