You have been charged with DUI in Allegheny County, PA - What happens after the Preliminary Hearing
The Formal ArraignmentThe Formal Arraignment occurs approximately 6 weeks after your Preliminary Hearing. The purpose of this appearance is to provide you with a copy of the "criminal information" which is the list of charges as they have been filed in Common Pleas Court. You will also receive a subpoena for your next Court Appearance. If Your attorney is able to gain admittance into an early Plea program for you you may also be given a written plea offer on this date.
Pre-Trial ConferenceAt this appearance you will appear in the courtroom of the Judge to which your case has been assigned. Your Attorney and the Assistant District Attorney will choose a trial date which is convenient for both parties. You will be given a subpoena to appear before the court on that trial date. Your Attorney may also be able to discuss potential plea offers with the Assistant District Attorney on this date.
The Trial DateOn this date you will appear before the Judge to which your case has been assigned to either enter a plea or to proceed to trial.