Arraignment: This is a formal setting in which you are informed of your charges and then must enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
- In some counties, the Arraignment is sometimes referred to as Announcement Settings
- Depending on what county in Texas you are arrested in, you will move on to a “No-Issue” and/or “Announcement” hearing before heading to trial or you will be scheduled for a “Pre-Trial Motion” setting.
Pre-Trial Court Dates: You will likely have several court appearances after your arraignment.
- No-Issue Setting: At this hearing, your attorney will review all of the materials in the prosecutor’s case against you as well as the Police Officer’s actions and evidence.
- Pre-Trial Motion Hearing: At this hearing, pre-trial motions are typically filed by your attorney.
- Trial Call or Announcement: You may have this court appearance shortly before your trial to confirm that all sides are ready for trial.
Trial: At the trial, the prosecutor must prove you are guilty beyond reasonable doubt and this hearing has the highest burden of proof.
- The trial typically takes about one to two days but can be longer if the charges against you are more severe.