Arraignment in District Court

This is the first court appearance for any misdemeanor or felony. You will be informed of the charges against you, the maximum penalty if convicted, your constitutional rights to a jury or bench trial, appointed attorney, presumption of innocence and much more. In most cases, depending on the nature of the charges, you will either stand mute or enter a plea of not guilty. Depending on whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, a pretrial or preliminary examination will be scheduled. Bond will also be set at this stage.