Superior Court of California, County of Butte

Superior Court of California
County of Butte

Traffic - Arraignment

An Arraignment is your first court appearance. At arraignment, you are advised of the charges pending against you and the potential penalties for those charges. You will be asked to enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, or No Contest, and your case will proceed to sentencing (in the case of a Guilty or No Contest plea) or will be set for Trial (in the case of a Not Guilty plea).

Most Traffic and other Infraction cases do not require a court appearance. For these cases, you should receive a Courtesy Notice prior to the date you were cited to appear. Your Courtesy Notice will provide you with options for resolving the matter depending on the charges. If you do not receive a Courtesy Notice prior to your cited appearance date, contact the Court at (530) 532-7005. You do not need to wait for your cited appearance date to contact the Court; the Court typically receives citations within a week of issuance, and they can be taken care of any time thereafter, as long as it's on or before the cited appearance date.

Some Traffic and other Infraction cases, however, do require a Court appearance based on the charges. If you receive a Courtesy Notice that indicates "Mandatory Appearance", your citation cannot be resolved without a Court appearance, and your Court date cannot be rescheduled by Court staff. If time allows, you may be able to appear on a date before your cited date, but your date cannot be postponed. If you wish to appear prior to your cited date, contact the Court at (530) 532-7005 for further information.

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