The Misdemeanor Department of the Clerk's Office is responsible for processing misdemeanor citations and arrest papers.
Issuance of a misdemeanor citation means that the defendant promises by his or her signature on the citation form to appear for court. The arresting officer releases the defendant on their own recognizance.
An arrest on a misdemeanor offense means that the defendant was booked into the county jail. Most misdemeanor offenses are bondable offenses according to the bail schedule. Battery charges are usually set at no bond. The duty judge usually sees individuals arrested on misdemeanors within twenty-four hours of their arrest. At first appearance, bail is set, and the court determines whether the accused can pay for counsel. A Public Defender will be appointed if the defendant is found to be indigent (unable to pay for counsel).