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I was charged Theft by deception. My first court date was 2/14/18 but I did not attend due to a valid reason which I communicated with the court and clerk prior to the date but they were not able to change the date so I was given “Failure to appear” in court. I was given a date of today 2/28/18 to appear in court which I will be attending at 11:30 am. My question is they are asking for me to be fingerprinted and etc and I wanted to know if I am going to be already arrested during this time. I will be pleading not guilty. I will obtain a lawyer but can not afford to do so until March 6,2018. My question is what am I to expect for today? Will they give me a new date but they will put me in jail while my next court date? Am I still to obtain a lawyer even if I do not have one for today?
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Will I also be given bail!
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Really sorry to hear about this. Yes, usually when you have a "failure to appear" the court enters a bench warrant for your arrest. However, if you are arrested, you will have a bail set and can bond out if you pay the bail. Or, you can hire a bail bondsman and pay about 10% of the bail to them and they'll vouch for the rest. Once you go before the Judge, you will have an opportunity to explain your reason. If it was one of medical necessity or some other excuse which absolutely prevented you from being at court, the Judge may not have you arrested. Yes, you can still hire a lawyer at a later date as well.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The court and clerk already knew the reason why I was not able to go so my court date is today. There was no bench warrant given. I even picked up the paper for the new date at the court. The new date is today. My question is for today when I go there for “Central Judicial Processing” ? What am I to expect? Will I already be arrested? I am pleading not guilty. Do I just get another date after pleading not guilty or they keep me there until my new court date

Thanks for your response.

Yes, "Central Judicial Processing" is like an arraignment. This is where the prosecutor screens the case to decide whether to remand it to Municipal Court, dismiss the case, or proceed toward misdemeanor trial or indictment by the grand jury. Rather than heading to indictment CJP is also a means of diversion into pre-trial intervention or plea negotiations. Yes, at this stage you'll be screened for eligibility for Public Defender representation, for Drug Court eligibility, and completing a Uniform Defendant Intake Report (UDIR).

If there was no bench warrant issued, arrest is not on the table at this point, so no, you would not stay there until the court date. You would be out until whenever the next court date was. Of course, I'm operating solely on the info you've given me. Court situations are fluid and at any time the Judge can make a decision/ruling that is different from the norm, based on the circumstances.

Michael

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
there is no bench warrant. When I did not attend the first court date (I picked up the paper for my next date which is today- if I do not attend today then a bench warrant will be given) I will be obtaining a lawyer on March 6 when I can afford one. Do I still need to apply for a public defender to represent me. Am I meeting with the prosecutor or going in front of a judge today? I will be pleading not guilty. I was not arrested and no warrant for my arrest (even called the court clerk and said none was given). After I plea not guilty is there a bail amount that needs to be given?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Also this is the very first time even being processed or being charged with anything. I don’t drink or even smoke cigarettes. When I meet with the prosecutor do I tell them my side of the story or how I will proceed?

You appear before the Judge. The prosecutor will be there also. You plead not guilty and go on your way, unless something else I'm not privy to happens.

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The Judge will decide whether you're entitled to a public defender and appoint one if you so choose, or you can tell the Judge you will be hiring one.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you very much and my last question usually is the plaintiff making these charges against me will they be there today at my first court appearance in court?

The plaintiff is typically not at the first appearance, just at subsequent trials/pleas.

Good luck!

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