Stages In A Felony Case

STAGE 1: Arraignment

  • Accused MUST be present in court
  • Enter not guilty plea
  • Demand Discovery
  • Set Readiness conference
  • Set Preliminary hearing
  • Bail review may be set

STAGE 2: Bail Review

  • 3 days after arraignment
  • Motion to reduce bill
  • Bring witnesses & docs
  • O.R. Release or post bail
  • Vacate or keep court dates

STAGE 3: Readiness Conference

  • First earnest chance of settlement
  • Case discussed with judge and prosecutor
  • Motions filed

STAGE 4: Preliminary Hearing

  • Prosecution puts on evidence
  • Defense cross examines witnesses
  • Defense fights the charges
  • Defense shows weakness in case

STAGE 5: Arraignment on Information

  • 2 weeks after Preliminary Hearing
  • Negotiate case with DA after last hearing
  • File needed motions
  • Set Future Dates

STAGE 6: Readiness Conference

  • Final settlement opportunity
  • Set trial and motion dates
  • Prepare for trial
  • Subpoena witness for trial and motions

STAGE 7: MOTIONS

  • Argue relevant pre-trial motions
  • Finalize Trial Strategy
  • Prepare trial motions
  • Prepare trial exhibits

STAGE 8: JURY TRIAL

  • Trial Motions
  • Jury Selection
  • Opening Statements
  • Cross examination of prosecution witnesses
  • 1118 Motion
  • Defense case
  • Closing Statements
  • Case to the Jury