What else happens at my first appearance/arraignment?

The formal court process begins with those charged entering a plea of "not guilty" when they first appear in court. This plea may change subject to certain negotiations. Next, your case will be assigned to a judge who is responsible for the handling of your preliminary hearing in felony cases, otherwise, your case will be placed before your trial court judge. The end of your case could mean a trial, dismissal or the entry of a guilty plea as part of a plea bargain. Your assigned lawyer is always present at any stage of the proceedings in court to discuss your options and to advocate on your behalf.

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1. What do Public Defender’s handle?
2. How did I get a Public Defender assigned to my case?
3. What if I am able to hire my own attorney?
4. What else happens at my first appearance/arraignment?
5. What about bond and bond reductions?
6. What if I am on probation or parole?
7. When do I get to speak with my attorney?
8. What is a pre-trial conference?
9. Will I get to see the police reports and witness statements?
10. What can I do to help my lawyer help me?
11. What about courtroom security?
12. What about courtroom dress and times?
13. Are Public Defender's real attorneys?