When booking is complete, you will be brought to court or if court is closed, the police can contact the magistrate to determine if you can be released. If you have a history of not appearing in court, the magistrate may set a bail amount that must be paid before you can be released. Otherwise, the magistrate can release you without bail (on personal recognizance). To finalize your release, a nonrefundable fee, not to exceed $50.00, must be paid to the magistrate. Any bail amount is in addition this nonrefundable fee.
If you are released from police custody you will be given paperwork outlining the charges and you must be in court at the time indicated on the release order. If you are not released by the magistrate, or cannot post the required bail, you will be held in jail until the next court session. You will be escorted to court by a uniformed law officer on the appropriate date.
Part 1: Before Arraignment
- What happens if I am arrested?
- What are my rights?
- Can I be released after I am booked at the police station?
- What happens if I receive a complaint and notice of criminal charges and a date to appear in court in the mail (and I am not arrested)?
- What is a show cause hearing?
- What is the difference between criminal charges in superior court and criminal charges in district court?
- What is an arraignment date?
- What should I do before I go to court?
- Part 2: Arraignment or First Appearance in Court