The first hearing in court for a Home Invasion 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 20 years in prison at stake, decisions made during this period will have a strong impact on your future. At this time the Magistrate will also set a Preliminary Examination date to be held within 1-2 weeks from the Arraignment.