First Court Date: Arraignment at Scottsdale City Court
Unless you hire an Arizona criminal defense lawyer to attend for you, attendance at your Scottsdale City Court arraignment is mandatory. Your defense attorney can file paperwork to vacate the arraignment and set a conference with the prosecutor. If you choose not to hire an attorney, it’s important to arrive on time. If you don’t report to court, there will be an additional criminal charge for failing to appear, a warrant will issue for your arrest, and your license will be suspended.
Keep in mind, the judge won’t take testimony or evidence at your arraignment; there’s no opportunity to argue your case. The judge will only verify personal information, read the charges, explain your rights and penalties, and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Scottsdale City Court defendants have many opportunities, rights, and defenses that are only preserved by entering a not guilty plea. Once you say guilty, you may give up opportunities to negotiate a beneficial outcome in your case. Before you enter a plea, consult a Scottsdale defense attorney who regularly practiced in Scottsdale City Court.
The Scottsdale Judge may impose release conditions at your arraignment. These release conditions, if any, are highly dependent on the case facts, your history, and information available to the Court.