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 call for an appointment.   

Merced Office Interview Times

**At this time we suggest that you call the office at (209) 385-7692 between 9am and 4pm.  The office no longer has office hours or walk in appointments due to the Corona-Virus pandemic.   You may call the office and set up a phone interview with your attorney instead of coming to the office. 

Attorneys: Stephanie Jamieson-Mclean, Michael Noguera, Fernando Lamas, Joshua Shiffrin

Los Banos Office Interview Times

Attorney: Erica Chu

  • Thursdays: 9:00 am - 11:00 am