Understanding the Criminal Case Process
The justice system is notorious for being complex and confusing. We at Imhoff & Associates, PC have well-versed knowledge regarding the justice system at the state and federal level. After all, we have attorneys in 48 states throughout the nation. If you are dealing with a criminal matter, we can help you understand the criminal case process and what you can expect.
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What Happens After the Arrest? Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Explain.
The moments following an arrest are some of the most frightening and stressful periods imaginable for accused individuals. Our criminal defense lawyers act quickly to help our clients make strategic moves. Knowing the steps in the criminal case process allows our clients to prepare for the road ahead.
For misdemeanor offenses, an arrest is followed by:
- Arraignment - This is when bail is set and the charges are made
- Pre-trial conferences - This is when plea negotiations can be entered
- Trial - The trial can be done with a jury or with a judge
- Sentencing - This is when the judge issues a final verdict
The Criminal Case Process for Felony Crimes
The criminal case process for felony crimes is lengthier and includes preliminary hearings. If you are not pleased with the outcome of your case, you have the right to appeal your case in appellate court. You may also have the option of filing for an expungement of your criminal record in the future, depending on the case and state. This will allow you to seek employment and housing without having to worry about disclosing your past criminal conviction.
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