What will happen at my first appearance in court?
One of three things can happen. First, you learn that the prosecutor is not going to file criminal charges. In this instance, the case is over and you are free to go. Second, the prosecutor has not filed criminal charges due to pending investigation. For example, the prosecutor is waiting for drug or alcohol test results. In this case, you will be given a new court date or told by the court that you will receive a letter in the mail if and when the prosecutor decides to file charges. Lastly, the prosecutor has filed criminal charges against you. If this happens you will be asked if you want to accept a plea agreement or request a new court date to hire an attorney.