What hearing will I have to attend?

The first hearing you will attend is called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the Judge will advise you of your rights, tell you what charge(s) have been filed against you, and ask you to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty to each charge. As a general rule, another hearing requiring your presence will be scheduled after your arraignment.

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1. What is a misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor?
2. What should a person accused of a crime expect to happen?
3. What hearing will I have to attend?
4. How do I make sure I get notice of my hearing date?
5. What happens if I miss a court date?
6. What should I wear and how should I act in court?
7. How do I get a lawyer/public defender?