Arraignment: The initial step in a criminal prosecution. This serves as the first opportunity to see city city prosecutor about his/her case. At this time, the defendant will be allowed to enter a plea to the charges.

Pleas: Guilty: The Plea of guilty is a complete admission of guilt. No Contest: is not admission of guilty, but an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the complaint filed against you. Such a plea of admission will not be used against the defendant in any subsequent civil or criminal proceedings. Not Guilty: is a denial of legal guilt. Defendants case will be set for a trial at a later date. You have the right to present evidence, and this court will make a judgment as to your guilty or innocence.

Summons: A summons is issued by the court after the defendant fails to appear at the initial arraignment. It is a court order.

Warrant: If a defendant fails to appear at a court hearing as ordered, A warrant may be issued. This document allows the Division of Police to pick up the defendant and place him/her in jail pending a court date or until proper amount of bond has been posted.