The first hearing in court for a Domestic Violence charge in Washtenaw County is the Arraignment and it will occur either at the Washtenaw County Jail or one of the local district courts. 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 jail time, decisions made during this period will have a strong impact on your future. When a charged defendant pleads not guilty, his or her case will be scheduled for a Pre-Trial Hearing in one of the local district courts.