Description: A misdemeanor domestic violence case
Determination of Counsel
The defendant informs the court if he is hiring an attorney or is financially unable to and requests to be assigned a public defender. The victim is not present.
Determination of Hearing
The court, prosecutor, and defense attorney agree to a date for the Preliminary Hearing. No witnesses appear.
Trial by Court
A court hearing where a judge determines the guilt or innocence of the defendant. The judge sentences the defendant immediately following the trial. The victim's testimony is usually required. The defendant has ten days after the trial to file an appeal.