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Police are not required to immediately arrest someone when there is a complaint
about an assault or misdemeanor
. They are allowed to send a summons and a notice of the charges at any time before the statute of limitations expires. The statute varies by state, but it's never less than one year. So, that unfortunately means he does have to respond to the subpoena and go to court
The initial hearing is just an arraignment, where your son will go in, listen to the judge explain what he's accused of doing, and enter a plea. Usually, people plead not guilty at this hearing because it buys them time to get copies of all the evidence, hire a lawyer if they wish, and decide whether to go to trial
or work out a plea. If your son cannot afford a lawyer, the judge can appoint one for him at no charge.
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