The first appearance is to determine and enter a plea. Future appearances depend upon the plea entered.
Plea of Guilty or Nolo Contendere - Waive a Trial by Jury
If you waive a jury trial and plead guilty or nolo contendere (meaning no contest), you will be scheduled to appear for a No Contest Docket. At that hearing you will be able to discuss with the judge any extenuating circumstances you want the judge to consider when setting your fine. The judge is not required to reduce your fine. Before pleading guilty or no contest, you may want to read the sections on Pleas.
Plea of Not Guilty - Waive Trial by Jury
If you plead not guilty and waive your right to a jury trial, you will be scheduled for a trial before the judge.
Plea of Not Guilty - Do No Waive Trial by Jury
If you plead not guilty and do not waive your right to a jury trial, you will be scheduled for a jury pretrial.