Felony & Misdemeanor Trial Guide

A felony is a major crime for which the penalty is either imprisonment in the county jail or confinement in the state prison. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or a fine of not more than $1,000. The following are procedures beginning after the arrest in a felony or misdemeanor case.

The Steps When Where Are you required to be there?
Arraignment 1 - 3 days after arrest Associate Court No

*Preliminary   Hearing

20 - 30 days after arraignment Associate Court Yes, if subpoenaed or asked to be there
*Arraignment Within 10 days of preliminary hearing Circuit Court No
Docket Call/Trial Setting 30 - 40 days after arraignment Associate Court or Circuit Court No
Pre-Trial Conference 1 - 2 weeks before trial Prosecuting Attorney's Office Please attend if requested
Trial 15 - 45 days after docket call Associate Court or Circuit Court Yes
Sentencing 30 - 40 days after verdict or plea Same courtroom as trial No, but you may attend and make a statement

* Not held for misdemeanor cases