When a case is opened in the District Attorney’s Office, the victim’s information is entered into a computer system so the victim will receive notification of court hearings. In cases involving children, sexual assault, homicide, and in some domestic violence cases, a VAD advocate is assigned to assist the victim(s). The case is assigned to a Deputy District Attorney (DDA) to decide what charges, if any, should be brought against the suspect. If charged, the suspect is now referred to as the defendant. Cases with misdemeanor crimes are charged by Information. Felony crimes must be presented to the Grand Jury to charge. After a defendant is charged, he/she will appear before a judge to be arraigned on the charge(s).