Criminal Court Process
If you have received a citation for a criminal offense, you must contact the Court within 14 days of the date of your citation. If you fail to do so, a delinquent fee will be assessed and a warrant for your arrest will issue.
If you have received a Summons, you must appear in Court on the date and time the summons orders. If the Summons contains an order that you go to the Davis County jail to be booked and released, you must do this prior to coming to Court. The Jail will record information on the Summons Order and you must bring your Summons to Court with you and turn it in.
Your first court appearance is an Arraignment. At your Arraignment, you will have the opportunity to either plead guilty or not guilty. If you want time to consult with an attorney before entering a plea, you should make that request to the Judge at the Arraignment. If you can’t afford to hire an attorney, at the Arraignment you may ask the Judge to appoint a Public Defender to represent you. This is an attorney appointed for you at little or no cost.
If you plead not guilty, the Court will set an appointment for you to meet with the Prosecutor to talk about your case (a Pre-Trial Conference). Do not call the City Attorney’s Office to discuss your case with the City Prosecutor. Appear at the Pre-trial Conference and you will have ample time to meet privately with the Prosecutor to talk about your case. If you are still unable to resolve the case, the case will be set for a Trial.
If you plead guilty, the Judge will either sentence you immediately or have you come back to Court to be sentenced at a later time.