I was arrested & (supposedly) charged with a crime that isn't showing up anywhere on wccc. I got a paper from the jail after they booked me, saying that I would have to go to court for it 2 weeks from that day, with a date and time. The 2 traffic tickets show up (as "filed only ") but not the other thing anywhere... So am I supposed to go to court???
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Yes, they will most likely serve you with a formal complaint on your initial appearance date. Such cases usually don't appear on CCAP since the complaint which starts the prosecution might first be filed on that day. Traffic matters and other minor charges can sometimes go to municipal court with a different time and place, but prosecutions for crimes have to be circuit court. You should have a lawyer with you at the initial appearance, since that is the day when bond will first be set. Failure to appear will result most likely result in an arrest warrant, together with a higher bond when you do eventually appear in custody on the warrant. If you are arrested on the warrant late in the week, it is quite common to sit in a holding cell, perhaps with a dozen other inmates at varying stages of sobriety, pending a Monday court date, so unless you like that idea, make sure that you attend the i.a. date on time.
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NTBS stands for "new trial to be set," I believe.
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