Appearing in court for the first time can be very intimidating. Whether it be a misdemeanor or a felony, be prepared to be in court all day. Remember, just because the ‘Notice to Appear’ says 8:30 a.m., doesn’t mean that you will have your case heard at that time. In fact, you may not have your case heard until 2:00 p.m. Make sure you turn your cell phone ringer off. In some courts the deputy will take your phone away if it goes off while court is in session.