Types of Cases

Felony Cases


A felony is a major crime that may be punished by a sentence of one year or more in jail or prison.

The Steps When Where Must You Appear?
Arraignment Generally 1-3 days after arrest General District Court No
Preliminary Hearing (P. H.) Generally within 60 days of arrest General District Court Yes, if subpoenaed
Grand Jury (G. J.) First Monday of each month Circuit Court No
Trial Generally within 60 days after G. J. Circuit Court Yes, if subpoenaed
Sentencing 30 to 60 days after trial Circuit Court No, but you can attend and you may be subpoenaed

Misdemeanor Cases


A misdemeanor is a less serious crime punishable by confinement in jail for up to 12 months and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

The Steps When Where Must You Appear?
Arraignment Generally 1-7 days after arrest General District Court No
Trial Generally within 60 days General District Court Yes, if subpoenaed
Appeal Generally within 90 days of trial Circuit Court Yes, if subpoenaed