What exactly happens at the first court date if I was arrested and bailed out on the same night?

UPDATED: Aug 23, 2012

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What exactly happens at the first court date if I was arrested and bailed out on the same night?

I was arrested for having 2 warrants – 1 was for failure to appear and 1 was for vehicle theft. My bail was $4000 for both. I bailed out the next morning without seeing a judge. The failure to appear is legitimate; I forgot to pay a traffic ticket. However the vehicle theft, not so much. I have never stolen a car. I really just want to know exactly what happens at the first court date for the vehicle theft (they are calling the charge “1st degree aggravated vehicle theft”).

Asked on August 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, Colorado


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

At your first appearance with respect the the criminal matters you are writing about you will be arraigned. This means that you will be read the charges filed against you, you will be asked to make a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest and then a settlement conference and a trial date will be set. If you do not have a criminal defense attorney representing you, I suggest that you get one.

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