When they first faced criminal charges in February, Garrett and Britt Reid waded through crowds of newspaper, television and radio reporters at court hearings stemming from dual traffic incidents.

This week, the sons of Eagles coach Andy Reid conducted the latest round of their legal saga by mail.

Both skipped their formal arraignments Wednesday and pleaded not guilty by paper waiver.

Montgomery County allows defendants to sit out court appearances at this stage of the legal proceedings.

Garrett Reid, 24, was charged in February on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges following a Jan. 30 accident when he ran a red light in Plymouth Township. His vehicle struck that of a 55-year-old woman, leaving her with injuries. He admitted to police that he had used heroin earlier in the day.

Britt Reid, 21, who is accused of being in a road rage incident, faces a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license as well as misdemeanor charges of lying to authorities, simple assault, making terroristic threats, and possessing a controlled substance.

The two separate cases are being handled by the state attorney general's office. William Winning, who represents the brothers, could not be reached for comment.

The next step is a pretrial conference, said Kevin Harley, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. No date has been scheduled. At that time, a judge will hear any issues the lawyers may have and schedule a trial date.

Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149 or mschaefer@phillynews.com.