A complaint or ticket is filed with the court. A case number will be given and a judge is randomly assigned. The defendant is either brought in by the police dept or sent a letter to come in to be arraigned before the magistrate or judge. At this time, the defendant will be informed of the charges and bond will be set.
The defendant will then be scheduled for a pre-trial at a later date. At the pre-trial, the defendant will speak to a prosecuting attorney to determine what plea the defendant wishes to enter before the judge. If the defendant pleads guilty he will be given a sentencing date approximately 6 weeks from the pre-trial date. If the defendant pleads not guilty, a decision must be made by the defendant if he wants a bench trial or a jury trial. The date will then be set for whichever trial the defendant has chosen.