After Arraignment, felony cases are generally scheduled for a Pre-Exam Conference, several days prior to the Preliminary Examination. Defendant has a right to a Preliminary Examination within 14 days of the Arraignment of a felony. A Pre-Exam Conference is very similar to a misdemeanor Pre-Trial Conference. It is a meeting between an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Defendant (or his/her attorney) to discuss whether the case will be resolved prior to the Preliminary Examination. If an agreement is reached, in other words, if a Plea Bargain is reached, Defendant will take a plea, usually that day, and then be sentenced, usually at a later date, in either District Court or Circuit Court, depending on the circumstances.
To see a definition of a Plea Bargain and what it involves, please take a look at my previous post,“The Criminal Process: Pre-Trial Conference (for a Misdemeanor)”