The first hearing in court for a Felon in Possession of a Firearm 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 the possibility of time in prison, you have to take this type of charge seriously. At this time the Magistrate will also set a Preliminary Examination date to be held within 1-2 weeks from the Arraignment.