What Is a Misdemeanor Citation?

misdemeanor-citation Credit: Image Source/Image Source/Getty Images

A misdemeanor citation is an issuance to appear in court to answer the charges presented against the violator, according to the Third Judicial District Court of Idaho. A misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony charge, but it is more egregious than an infraction.

The citation sets forth the requirement to appear in court, including the time, date and location. The initial appearance in court, or the arraignment, sets forth court proceedings by detailing the charges filed and the penalties for said charges. A plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" to the charges moves the proceedings ahead to either sentencing, if pleading guilty or to trial if not guilty. Trial can be through the court or by jury as declared by the defendant. The Third Judicial District Court of Idaho explains that choosing an attorney is optional as defendants have the right to represent themselves throughout the proceedings.