At the first court date, what happens exactly? You walk in to the department and.... ? Who do you speak with first? A clerk? The public defender? Do you get to speak with your public defender before talking to the judge?
I know I'm guilty, but I would like to see if my charge can be lessened (from my 488 to a 490.1) since this is my first and only blemish.
Also, is there a protocol in terms of how things are supposed to be handled? I never received a copy of my citation. I just received a photocopy of the citation with my court date and there is no officer signature on the citation (only the LP's sig). Shouldn't there be a 2nd signature for this citation to be officially 'valid' ? There were no officiers on the scene, only the LP. But all of this was obviously sent to the P.D., but no officer signature.