Q: Is my first appearance in municipal court an initial appearance?Can prior felony convictions be used against me.
First offense petit larceny is current offense.
A: Once you are arrested, you will be taken before the judge for an initial appearance, at which point you will be told of the charges against you, and bond will be set. After that (and usually this applies for municipal court), the first court date afterwards is the deadline to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If a not guilty plea is entered, then the matter will be set for trial.
That being said, as you move forward for trial, you will need an attorney to file the necessary documents to get all of the discovery that the prosecution plans on using against you at trial. Depending on the nature of your prior felonies, they could be used against you at trial.
With that in mind, if this is your first time being charged with petit larceny, you may be able to avoid this going on your record. I would strongly encourage you to reach out to an attorney to discuss the circumstances of your case. Most attorneys on here, including myself, offer free consultations to see how we can help out.
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