Criminal Proceedings

Important Note

Anything you say to the police, to family members or to others could be used against you in court. Therefore, do not discuss your case with anyone except your attorney or our office staff.

Always remember that you and your attorney are partners working for the best possible result for you. If you would like the attorney to discuss your case with family members, you must give the attorney permission to speak with them.
  1. Arraignment
  2. Court Appearances
  3. Felony Indictment
  4. Plea Agreements
  5. Preliminary Hearings
  6. Pretrial Hearings
  7. Trial
  8. Sentencing
  9. Appeal


Arraignments are held in Superior Court. At the arraignment, the Court will enter a “Not Guilty” plea on your behalf and will ensure that you have an attorney representing you on your case.

Assigning Representation
If the Court determines that you cannot afford to hire an attorney, one will be appointed to assist you and you will receive instructions on how to contact your assigned attorney.

Assigning a Judge & Next Court Date
The Court will also assign your case to a judge and set your upcoming court dates. The next court date is an Initial Pretrial Conference Hearing.