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Waivers of Arraignment
The District Court accepts Waivers of Arraignment on misdemeanor cases with the exception of the following: alcohol or controlled substance related charges, assaultive charges, stalking, indecent exposure, outstanding warrant matters, or any other case as determined by the District Court Judge or Magistrate.
Felony offenses are the most serious category of criminal offenses and are punishable by more than one year in prison.
In felony cases involving people 17 years or older, the District Court located where the offense occurred typically handles the initial stages of arraignment on the complaint and the preliminary examination. If the District Court finds sufficient evidence, the case is bound over or transferred to the Circuit Court. The Circuit Court then typically handles the case after it’s bound over.
Note: Misdemeanors and felonies involving people under 17 years of age are usually handled as juvenile delinquency cases in the Family Division of the Circuit Court where the minor resides. In some situations, the charge may be handled the same as an adult charge.
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