City attorneys handle misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases. The county attorney’s office handles felonies. The level of the offense is based on the severity of the offense and the criminal history of the defendant.
After a person is charged with domestic assault, their next stop is a first court appearance. This is the defendant’s first time in front of a judge, who will make decisions that will set the case and the defendant on one of several paths.
Following the Defendant’s first appearance in Court, the case may be scheduled for a number of future Court dates, including a trial. The charges against the Defendant may be resolved in a number of ways at any one of the scheduled Court dates.