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Riverside Criminal Court Information

Posted in Criminal Defense on September 21, 2019

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges or a warrant, you need to understand that Riverside County criminal court process. The Superior Court of California County of Riverside website provides information necessary to prepare for a court appearance.

Please understand that you have to go to court for your misdemeanor, felony, or warrant court date. You cannot receive an extension from the clerk’s office. A person facing charges must appear in court to request an extension or continuance in their case if they desire one.

Court appearance

Misdemeanors, felonies, and warrants all require mandatory court appearances. Those facing charges must appear at the Court on the date and time indicated on the release paper or arraignment letter. Failing to appear will result in a warrant for that person’s arrest.

For courtroom appearances, the following rules apply:

  • Shirts and shoes are required in the courtroom
  • Tank tops and T-shirts are not allowed in the courtroom
  • Food, drinks, and gum are not allowed in the courtroom
  • Weapons are not allowed in the courthouse
  • Cell phones must be turned off

On the court date, a person must check the posted court calendar for their name and assigned courtroom. You are expected to provide identification and information on the arrest or alleged offense (jail release paperwork, notice to appear, bail or bond receipts, arraignment letter).

Warrant information

If a person is appearing on a warrant at court, they must report to the Criminal Division which ordered the warrant by 7:30 a.m. All warrants require a mandatory appearance. Failing to appear will result in another warrant for that person’s arrest.

For those in custody

Anyone in custody may be held for forty-eight (48) hours, not including weekends and court holidays. In custody hearing are held at various times depending on the location and level of offense (misdemeanor or felony) Mondays through Fridays.

Search court records

There are various reasons you may need information related to criminal court cases. This could be because you or a loved one facing charges or have faced them in the past. When you go to the Riverside County criminal court information page, you will see that you can search for information pertaining to felony and misdemeanor court proceedings.

You can search for criminal court records online. However, there is a fee attached to these searches.

  • $1.00 for one name search credit
  • $3.50 for five name search credits
  • $5.00 for ten name search credits
  • $25.00 for 75 name search credits
  • $250 for 30 days for unlimited search credits

When you locate the name you are searching for, you may view up to 10 cases for that name before you are required by the system to perform another search.

What you can do

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, the process can seem daunting. This is a confusing and scary experience for anyone to go through. You may want to consider securing help from a local criminal defense attorney to help you through your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may request a public defender from the judge at your first court appearance, the arraignment hearing.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the rules of the court. Do not skip a court date, even if you believe you are innocent of the charges against you.