First Appearance Hearings

After a warrant less arrest, the arresting officer has the responsibility to bring the arrestee before a Magistrate within 48 hours of the arrest, 72 hours for a person arrested with a warrant. At this time, the person is advised of their rights, their bond, and what they are charged with. If the person cannot afford to hire a lawyer, a form is given to the person for a court appointed lawyer. The person is also advised that while in custody, they have a right to a preliminary hearing.