At a Pretrial Conference, the defendant (and/or his/her attorney) meets with a deputy prosecuting attorney to discuss the charges and determine if they can reach a satisfactory resolution to the case. If an agreement is reached, the defendant may be sentenced at the time of the pretrial conference. Certain cases, such as domestic battery and driving under the influence charges, require the defendant to obtain an evaluation prior to sentencing. In such cases, sentencing will be held at a later date.
If a resolution cannot be reached, the court will either set a date for another pretrial conference or schedule the matter for trial. In the event the case is set for trial, the court will also set a final pretrial conference. The purpose of the final pretrial conference is to allow the parties a last opportunity to resolve the case and to discuss procedural matters involved in the trial.