If this is your initial appearance, there will likely be a judge or magistrate, a prosecutor and several other people charged with offenses who are also appearing for their initial appearance. If you are charged criminally this will be your opportunity to enter a not guilty plea and to request an appointed attorney if you're unable to afford to hire an attorney of your choice.
If you are charged with an ordinance, you do not have a right to an attorney. These type of citations/charges can have a life long mark against you and it is advisable to contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your options.
If you don't already have a lawyer, hire one to help you. The law is complex and there may be things that can be done that you didn't know about. Good luck!
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Please understand that all of my answers are for informational purposes only, are not legal advise, and do not create an attorney-client relationship between you and me. I am not your attorney and you are not my client unless we enter into a signed contract. My only legal advise to you is that you should immediately consult with and hire a lawyer and that you should not represent yourself.
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