The criminal process can be extremely intimidating, especially if you have never been in a courtroom before. But it’s important to know what is going on so you can prepare. Here’s five steps on what happens in a criminal case:
Step one – You are arrested for allegedly committing a crime
After being notified and investigating an alleged crime, the police have enough evidence that points to you as the one responsible. You will be arrested and read your Miranda Rights.
Step two – You are booked and detained
Once arrested, you will then go through the booking procedure. The police will ask you basic information, such as address and birthdate. You will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may also be asked to participate in a lineup or other similar things.
Step three – The prosecutor makes a decision
Once you are under custody, the prosecutor’s office will receive the information about the criminal case. The prosecutor has 72 hours to file charges against you; though be aware, if he/she decides not to press charges at this time, you could still be charged for the crime at a later date.
Step four – Your first appearance in court
Once the prosecutor makes a decision, you will appear in court for your arraignment. This is when the charges will be read and you will be asked if you want to plead guilty or not guilty. You may also plead “no contest,” which means you don’t contest the charges yet you’re not necessarily pleading guilty to them either.
Step five – Bail is set
At the arraignment, the judge will rule whether you may post bail. This is where we come in. It’s important to know that if you are out on bail, you must got to every court hearing or else you can end up back in jail.
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