RULE 2 MANDATORY APPEARANCE AND PLEADINGS BY ATTORNEYS 1) Pursuant to CrRLJ 3 & 4, an attorney may enter an appearance and/or plea of not guilty on behalf of a client in any criminal or traffic offense, if said appearance or plea is made in writing or made in open court unless the defendant is charged with any offense of domestic violence, assault in the fourth degree, harassment, indecent exposure, driving while under the influence or physical control, in which instances the defendant must appear personally before the Court for arraignment in order to properly determine any pre-trial conditions of release, or bail, which may be appropriate. 2) Unless previously commenced by an appearance made in open Court, when a written appearance is authorized it shall commence the running of the time periods established in CrRLJ 3.3 from the date of receipt by the Court. A written appearance, waiving an arraignment, but without plea, shall be considered a plea of not guilty, made in writing, or in open Court, and obviates the need for further arraignment and waives any defects in the complaint other than failure to state a crime. Telephonic requests or notice by defendant or defense counsel shall not constitute an arraignment, appearance or plea, and shall not commence the time periods under CrRLJ 3.3. 3) Personal appearance at arraignment by a defendant charged with any offense of domestic violence, assault in the fourth degree, harassment, indecent exposure, driving while under the influence or physical control is mandated by law. The "next Court day" for this Court means the next regularly scheduled Court session at least one calendar day after the violation date of the citation. [Effective September 1, 2012]
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