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The arraignment is a very preliminary court date. Historically, it is intended as an opportunity for the judge to read the formal charges to the defendant. As the clerk suggested, it is certainly possible for the defendant to enter a plea to the offense and to be sentenced, thereby bringing a quick end to the case.
Having said that, the case can certainly continue on beyond that date as well. Typically, the prosecuting attorney might make an offer to resolve the case. If the defendant is satisfied with that offer, he might accept the offer and close out the case. If not, then he would reject the offer and the case would then continue on.
Assuming your son has no criminal history, this should be considered a minor matter. With that in mind, it is reasonable to expect an offer of fines and court costs. Your son should consider attending the first court date without an attorney to see if he can obtain a satisfactory offer. If not, he could then look into retaining an attorney to work the case for him.
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