Progression of a Misdemeanor Case

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

  1. Arrest
  2. Arraignment
  3. Attorney Interview
  4. Pre-Trial Hearing
  5. Trial
  6. Sentencing
  7. Informal Probation
  8. Expungement


Misdemeanors are crimes that can carry up to one year in the county jail. Misdemeanor convictions often result in fines, informal probation, and in many cases, time in the county jail.

Obtaining an Attorney

If you are charged with a misdemeanor 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.

Speaking with Your Attorney

If your case is appointed to our office and you wish to discuss your case prior to your next court date, you may come in for an office interview. Clients are seen on a first come first served walk in basis, however if you are out of town and unable to come to Merced, you may phone the office at (209) 385-7692 and request a phone interview within the time frame included below. No appointment is necessary. 

Merced Office Interview Times

**At this time we suggest that you call the office at (209) 385-7692 between 9am and 5pm to see if your attorney is scheduling phone hours instead of coming to the office.

Attorneys: Stephanie Jamieson-Mclean, Kathleen Page

  • Drop In Hours: No Appointments
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 am - 11:30 am (Kathleen Page)
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Stephanie Jamieson-Mclean)
  • Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Kathleen Page)

Los Banos Office Interview Times

Attorney: Erica Chu

  • Thursdays: 9:00 am - 11:00 am