Basic Summary Criminal of Procedure for Felonies
- If you are arrested, you will most likely be taken to a magistrate for an initial appearance. He will set bond and set a date for your 1st appearance before a District Court Judge.
- While your case is in District Court, the detectives will complete their investigative file.
- While your case is in District Court, you will have several court dates. Bond can be reduced or increased depending on many things too numerous to name here.
- When the detective completes his investigative file, he will forward it to the District Attorney’s office for their review.
- Sometimes the case is resolved in District Court or the District Attorney may seek a grand jury indictment.
- I will receive a copy of the investigative material, known as “discovery material.” I will review it with you in great detail and discus your options.
- If you are indicted by the grand jury, your case will be moved to Superior Court where it will be concluded.
- Generally, most criminal cases are resolved via a plea bargain. Otherwise, the case will proceed to trial. In the interim, pre trial motions may be filed and heard.
- If you are convicted, you have the right to appeal.