All persons accused of any crime that may result in a jail sentence have certain rights. The accused is advised of these rights at an arraignment, which is generally the first appearance in court.
At the arraignment hearing, it will be confirmed that the accused person understands his/her constitutional rights.
The judge will tell the accused person what charges have been filed against them, and ask them to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty to each charge.
A public defender will be present at this hearing to answer any basic questions you may have.
Failure to Appear
Failing to appear for any criminal matter may result in the issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest.
Additionally, if the charge is a traffic-related matter, your license may be suspended by the Department of Licensing.