If a person is arrested and taken to jail, they may get a Booking Officer Bond or may be held for a judge to review the case at First Appearance. The First Appearance judge is usually not the trial judge. A Bail Bond will usually be set at First Appearance unless the person is charged with capital case or a violation of probation or community control. If one of the conditions preventing a bond is present and the judge does not provide for one, the defendant can file a motion to set or reduce bond before the trial judge.
Arraignment is where the person is formally charged by the State of Florida and the only question the judge will usually want answered is whether the person will plead Not Guilty, No Contest or Guilty. In state court, most lawyers file a Waiver of Arraignment and a Demand for Jury Trial. The case will not be tried on this date. NOTE: Okaloosa and Walton County Judges - please quit calling Arraignment "Plea Day." Yes, people enter a plea, but really now: We have ONE (1) Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure and the the phrase "Plea Day" is conspicuously absent. However, "arraignment" is mentioned repeatedly. I know this may sound picky, but we really should be using the correct terminology.
Some judges have them, some do not, and although the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure provide for a waiver of a defendant's appearance at pretrial . . . some judges require it anyway. And some judges use it as a way to push cases through the system and accept changes of pleas at PTC. However, in most cases, PTC is a status conference where the judge wants to know whether the case is going to trial or settle on . . .
Sometimes known as "Plea Day" (yes, it can get confusing), Docket Day is the last chance to change a plea of Not Guilty to a plea of Guilty or No Contest. If a change of plea is entered, sentencing may be on the spot or deferred until later. If a trial is announced, it is usually scheduled to be held within the next two (2) weeks.
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