2. First Appearance
At the first appearance, the defendant will be formally notified of the charges and may be advised of his/her rights by a magistrate. The defendant will be advised of the right to counsel. A date is set for a preliminary hearing (felony cases only), which the defendant may waive. In felony cases, no plea is entered at this stage.
For misdemeanor cases, the defendant is arraigned at their first appearance. See the Arraignment section for more information.