The first hearing in court for an Assault with Intent to Murder charge is the Arraignment and it will occur either at the Washtenaw County Jail or the 14A-1 District Court. The Magistrate will advise the defendant of the charge and ask how the defendant pleads. It is crucial that an experienced lawyer reviews the investigation records and properly counsels a defendant in this position. With possible life imprisonment, decisions made during this period will affect the rest of your life. At this time the Magistrate will also set a Preliminary Examination date to be held within 1-2 weeks from the Arraignment.