Progression Of A Felony Case

For more information on the following terms, view the definitions.

  1. Arrest
  2. Arraignment & Bail
  3. Interview With Your Attorney
  4. Pre-Preliminary Hearing
  5. Preliminary Hearing
  6. Arraignment on Information
  7. Readiness Conference
  8. Trial
  9. Sentencing
  10. Request for Dismissal


Felonies are the most serious classification of crimes. Felony convictions often result in large fines, formal probation, and in many cases, commitment to state prison. For certain felony drug offenses, Deferred Entry of Judgement, and Proposition 36 may be available to defendants.

Obtaining An Attorney

If you are charged with a felony and are unable to afford an attorney, the Public Defender’s Office may be appointed to represent you. It is important that you discuss your case with your attorney during all stages of the case to ensure the best possible level of representation.

Our office is currently not taking walk in appointments.  Please call our office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make phone arrangements to speak with your Attorney.

Merced Office:  (209) 385-7692 

Los Banos Office (209) 710-6030