If you’re going to fight a citation, then the arraignment is the time to make pre-trial motions, particularly those pertaining to discovery. If the defendant doesn’t lodge one, there won’t be an opportunity later.
I attempted to make a motion requesting a hearing on the discovery I had previously served upon the prosecution before the arraignment date, only to be told by the temporary judiciary employee, er, I mean, Commissioner, that I was not entitled to receive the item I had asked for with my discovery request, therefore, a hearing on whether or not it was admissible was not granted.
The word “slick” does not begin to describe traffic court in sunny Stepford, otherwise known as the County of Orange. By the time I left the courthouse, I had an overwhelming urge to stop and double check that I still had in my possession both my wallet and private parts because the experience at the table in front of the Commissioner’s bench felt an awful lot like a shake down more than an arraignment. But for one, every motion and recitation of case law and rules of court was completely glossed over and brushed off.
The only positives were that I was granted release upon my own recognizance instead of having to post bail, and the trial date was surprisingly calendared in a speedy manner per the statute.