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An Arraignment is your initial court hearing where you are advised of the charges and your rights. You are asked to plead guilty or not guilty. If a plea of not guilty is entered, your case will be scheduled for a Pre Trial hearing. If a guilty plea is entered, your case may or may not be settled at that hearing. 
 
A Pre-Trial hearing is a chance for you to discuss your case with the prosecutor. If an agreement is not reached, you may request a Jury Trial or a Bench Trial. 

A Bench Trial is a trial held before the Judge. The Judge determines the outcome based on the evidence presented. 
 
A Jury Trial is a trial held before 6 jurists. Jury Trials are held at the Thurston County District Court, Building 2, at the Thurston County Courthouse on Lakeridge Drive in Olympia. 

Fail to Comply review hearings are hearings scheduled by the court when there is no proof of compliance with court ordered conditions. 

The Public Defender is a lawyer appointed by the Yelm Municipal Court to represent individuals accused of crimes prosecuted in the Municipal Court and who are indigent and cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. 

Failure to appear at any of your criminal court hearings, you are subject to the issuance of a bench warrant ordering your arrest.

To appeal a guilty finding by the Yelm Municipal Court, you must file a Notice of Appeal within 30 days of the judgment. The Notice of Appeal form can be picked up and filed with the Court. For a non-criminal case, you will need to pay a filing fee of $220.00. For a criminal case, you will need to pay a transmittal fee of $40.00. You may request a CD of the Court proceedings for a fee of $20.00.

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