AUSTIN — No arrest warrant was issued for Texas Gov. Rick Perry after a grand jury indicted him on two felony charges of coercion and abuse of official capacity.
Instead the judge issued a summons, which means the governor does not have to surrender to be fingerprinted and photographed before his criminal case can proceed.
The Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run despite the indictment from a Travis County grand jury.
At some point, Perry will have to be booked and fingerprinted, but it's uncertain how soon the governor will go through that process.
A state district judge Monday set an arraignment date for Aug. 22.
Defense attorneys can file a motion to have the indictment thrown out, which would delay a trial, or seek to have a trial within the next 90 days.
The indictment stems from the drunk driving arrest last year of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was captured on video berating officers after her arrest. She served jail time, underwent counseling and returned to her post.
Perry called for Lehmberg's resignation and, when she refused, vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the public integrity unit that she oversees. The withholding forced Lehmberg to cut some staff in that office.
Perry on Friday became the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, and is facing charges that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison.
The governor maintains he is innocent and said he intends to fight the charges.
Tony Buzbee, a Houston-based defense attorney who will head a cadre of four lawyers from Texas and Washington defending Perry, said Monday during a news conference that he didn't know when an arraignment would occur but that the governor has no intention of hiding.
"That's going to be something, that when he goes in to be booked and take his picture that we're going to let you know about."
Perry doesn't deny saying he would withhold the funding unless Lehmberg stepped aside. The governor said he lost confidence in her and he argues that a veto is an executive privilege afforded to him by the Texas Constitution.
But critics said when the governor verbalized his threat to cut off funding, that might have crossed the line legally rather than just vetoing the bill.
"If I had to do it again, I would make exactly the same decision," Perry told Fox News on Sunday.
Perry later brushed off a question about whether he's worried he might be convicted of one or both of the felonies.
Perry is believed to be running for president again, though he hasn't officially announced it. Last week, he had a successful trip to Iowa and the governor has found a new wave of conservative support after sending a surge of National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.
The governor is scheduled to be in New Hampshire later this week.
Contributing: Rick Jervis, USA TODAY; KVUE-TV, Austin, Texas; The Associated Press