Steps To Criminal Process
Arrest, booking, bail, referral for prosecution, arraignment, bail review, first readiness-preliminary hearing-disposition conference, preliminary examination-pre-trial hearing, arraignment at trial court, pre-trial readiness conference, motion hearings, trial, sentencing.
Criminal Categories - Civil Infraction Misdemeanor, Felonies
Misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are punishable by a fine or a term in the county jail, or both. For most misdemeanors the potential sentence is up to a year in jail and up to a _____ fine. For some misdemeanors like driving, there is a minimal jail term. For most people found guilty of a misdemeanor, however, on a first offence the result will be probation or a suspended sentence. This means that the court suspends imposing a sentence and instead conditionally releases the defendant back into the community upon fulfilling specified conditions geared to rehabilitate and reform the defendant. During the term of probation, the defendant is usually required to report back to a probation department periodically. When a defendant completes all of the conditions of probation at the end of probation no sentence would be imposed. If the defendant fails to complete the conditions, then the judge may terminate probations and impose a sentence of jail and fine up to the maximum allowed by law.
The arraignment is the very first court appearance that the accused person will have and it is the process by which a person is brought before the court to hear and answer criminal charges against the accused. Personal appearance is usually required. The defendant should have an attorney present with him at this time. During the arraignment the defendant is advised of his or her constitutional rights. Next counsel is appointed. Next charges are read to the defendant and a copy of the complaint if provided, defendant is invited to enter a plea to the charges, bail is determined or the defendant may be released on his or her own recognizance, a date for the defendant’s next court appearance is scheduled. The next date may be either a preliminary hearing if the charges are a felony, or a pre-trial hearing if the charges are for misdemeanors.
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