91st District Court - Felony Charges
The first procedure is arraignment. At this time, bond is set. The purpose of the bond is to insure the defendant’s appearance at the next court date.
At arraignment, the defendant will be advised of their rights and counsel will be discussed. In some cases, a defendant may enter a plea to a lesser charge. By doing this, the case would remain in District Court until completion. Non-serious offenses may be handled this way.
If a plea is not an option, a preliminary exam will be scheduled. At this time two (2) things are determined: (1) that a crime has been committed, and (2) there is probable cause that the defendant committed that crime. Guilt or innocence is not determined.
If the Judge determines there is enough evidence, they will bind the case over to Circuit Court. Bond will be reviewed at the time of bind over.