A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that carries a maximum sentence of county jail time and fines upon conviction.
In a misdemeanor case, the defendant will plead guilty or not guilty during the first court appearance.
If there is a Not Guilty plea entered, a date is set for a status hearing. Many cases are resolved prior to trial.
If a resolution does not occur prior to trial, the case is set for trial and witnesses and victims are notified to appear if testimony is needed.