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Wisconsin Court Process Felonies & Misdemeanors

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You've Been Charged, What Happens Next?

If you have been charged with a crime in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, or any other county in the state of Wisconsin, it is important to understand what the criminal procedure looks like. Your case will not be concluded on the first court date and may even last over a year. Most court cases last between three to nine months. During that time, you will have a number of court dates very important to your case, and it is crucial that you understand what they are:

Arraignment in Wisconsin Initial court appearance Topics covered at first court appearance in Wisconsin

Initial Appearance

Your first appearance in front of the court. It is crucial for your attorneys to be present to assist you at this court date.

Preliminary Hearing

Determines if there is enough probable cause to send your case to trial. This hearing only applies to felony offenses.

Further Proceedings

These dates are used by the court and the attorneys involved to monitor the progress of what is going on with your case.


When an experienced criminal defense attorney fights the legality of something that happened during the investigation and arrest.

Diversionary Agreements and Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Enter into a contract with the State of Wisconsin or the prosecutor, to follow the terms and conditions of the agreement for a certain length of time

Jury Trial

If your case goes to trial, your case will be presented to a group of randomly selected jurors.


Judge will ask you a series of questions to make sure you understand the rights you are giving up by choosing to enter a plea


Begins with the prosecutor making any remarks about the case, highlighting the aggravating factors, as well as making a record of anything that any identified victims may want to say

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