What happens at the Initial Pre Trial Conference?

By Aaron Black | February, 08, 2012

After an arraignment a case is set for an Initial Pre Trial Conference (IPTC) in Superior Court. At the Initial Pre Trial Conference the trial date is typically set. The IPTC is usually when the prosecutor makes the first plea offer. At this hearing the judge will check on the status of negotiations, investigations, and witness interviews. At the IPTC the defendant does very little talking. He/she will only say his/her name. The lawyer will do the rest. The IPTC is typically a very short hearing in the morning with about twenty other individuals all set for the same kind of hearing at the same time.

In municipal and justice courts a Pre Trial Conference (PTC) is set after the arraignment. These hearing are less formal than the Initial Pre Trial Conference in Superior Court. At the Pre Trial Conference a plea offered is usually made. At the PTC it is rare for the defendant to appear before the judge unless a plea offer is entered into.

If your case is set for an Initial Pre Trial Conference (IPTC) or a Pre Trial Conference (PTC) in an Arizona court do not go alone. Contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black at 480-729-1683 for guidance, counseling, and a ferocious defense.

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