Criminal Misdemeanor Citations
YOUR RIGHTS IN COURT
This may be the first time you have ever appeared in Court and the purpose of
this section is to inform you of your
RIGHTS and of
The Court convenes (usually on Wednesdays) to accept the pleas of those who have
been arrested or cited and charged with committing misdemeanor violations within
the jurisdiction of the Town of Clarkdale. This session is referred to as your
You have already received a copy of the complaint/s filed against you, therefore
when your name is called, you are to come forward and stand before the bench.
The Judge will read the charge/s against you and you will be asked to enter one
of three pleas. They are as follows.
- NOT GUILTY: This plea is your denial of guilt. Should you enter this plea, your
case will be reset to a later date for a pre-trial or a trial.
- GUILTY: This plea is a complete admission of guilt to the charges made
against you. Should you enter this plea and it is accepted, you may be permitted
to make a statement prior to sentencing. In most cases, sentencing will occur at
the same time that you enter your plea of guilty.
- NO CONTEST: This plea is not admission of guilt but rather is an acknowledgement
of the facts alleged in the complaint. This plea cannot be used against you in
any other legal proceeding; however this plea will result in your being
sentenced in the same manner as if you entered a plea of guilty.
If you refuse to enter any of the above pleas,
the Court will enter a plea of Not Guilty on your behalf and your case will be
set for pre-trial.
At any time that you enter a plea of Guilty or No Contest to the charges made
against you, the Court must inform you that you have the following rights and
are WAIVING such rights by entering one of these pleas.
- The right to know and understand the charge/s against you, and the maximum
penalties for the charged offense/s. (To assist you, the maximum penalties are
mentioned in greater detail at the end of this section).
- The right to counsel and to be represented by counsel at all critical stages of
these proceedings, even if you intend to plead Guilty.
- The right to a reasonable continuance to obtain counsel.
- The right to have counsel assigned to you at a reduced cost or no cost if you
are indigent and if jail is a possible sentence. You may be required to fill out
an application for court appointed counsel to determine if you qualify for an
- The right to trial by jury or trial by Judge.
- The right to remain silent and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt.
- The right to confront witnesses against you.
- The right to present evidence and witnesses on your own behalf and to have the
State compel witnesses of your choosing to appear and testify.
You have the right to be
present at your court proceedings. If you fail to appear, the proceedings
may go forward with you.
NOTE: If you are convicted of a traffic violation, a record of the conviction
will be forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicles and shall become a part of
your driving record. That agency may then require you to complete a testing or
educational program of their choosing. A conviction of any misdemeanor will
result in a criminal record and may jeopardize your ability to obtain employment
If you are not a citizen of the United States, pleading
guilty or no contest to a crime may affect your immigration status.
Admitting guilty may result in deportation even if the charge is later
dismissed. Your plea or admission of guilt could result in your
deportation or removal, could prevent you from ever being able to get legal
status in the United States, or could prevent you from becoming a United States
Please consult with an attorney for further information.
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For more information regarding the charge/s made against you in your complaint,
you may check the following websites: