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. Superior Court Arraignment
  7. Readiness Conference
  8. Trial
  9. Sentencing
  10. Expungement


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.

Each felony attorney has their own appointed walk-in office hours.

  • Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (K. Boortz,  A. Green, T. McLean, Katharine Reed)
  • Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Beth Ann Lee)
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lauri Partin)

If you are unsure who your attorney is please call (209) 385-7692 to see who is handling your case.

Los Banos office felony walk-in hours are Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Please call the office at (209) 710-6030 to verify your attorney will be available.