What is a first appearance?

A first appearance is a hearing in which the defendant is informed of the charges filed against him/her. A lawyer may be appointed if the defendant cannot afford to hire an attorney. If the charges filed are misdemeanors, the case will usually be set for arraignment. If the charges are felonies, the case is set for a preliminary hearing.

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1. How does the Geary County Attorney’s Office receive cases for prosecution?
2. What happens when a suspect is arrested?
3. What is a first appearance?
4. What is a preliminary hearing?
5. What happens if a defendant is bound over on felony charges?
6. What happens at an arraignment on misdemeanor cases?
7. What happens at a jury trial?
8. What is a subpoena?
9. How do I get my property back?