The Court Process
When you get a ticket for Minor in Possession, it will state the time and date you need to appear in court. The first time you appear is called an Arraignment and is a critical step in the process. It is of vital importance that you PLEAD NOT GUILTY to keep your rights to a fair trial. Do not Stand Mute. Do not plead guilty.
The court cannot punish you for exercising your rights!
At your arraignment, be sure to bring $100-200 CASH with you to pay your bond. Then wait for a pre-trial conference to be set. If you don’t bring bond money, you will sit in jail until the pre-trial conference.
There are lots of things to consider for your MIP Arraignment. Learn more about the Court Process for MIP here >.
At the pre-trial conference you will meet with the Prosecutor to discuss the case. You can do this on your own, or if you’re smart and want to ensure your rights are protected, you will bring an attorney with you. He or she will know how to negotiate, understand how to examine the policeman’s behavior at the scene and know your options for trial and sentencing.
If your attorney finds discrepancies in the case, he or she can negotiate with the Prosecutor to dismiss the case, or drop the charge to a civil infraction. Much like a speeding ticket, a civil infraction does not go on your permanent record. Learn more about MIP Pre-Trial Conferences >