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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Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

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