What is an initial appearance?
The initial appearance is your first step in the criminal justice system. At this appearance you will be:
- Informed of your charges
- Appointed an attorney if you are unable to afford to retain the services of a private attorney
- Advised of your next court date and court location

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1. What do I need to remember about court hearings?
2. What is an initial appearance?
3. What happens at a preliminary hearing?
4. Does a preliminary hearing still occur if I received an indictment?
5. What occurs at an arraignment?
6. What do I need to know about plea agreements?
7. How many different kinds of pretrial hearings are there?
8. I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the trial after all these hearings. What happens at a trial?
9. How does sentencing occur, and when?
10. Can I appeal a decision on my case?