If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is very likely that you are wondering whether or not to hire a criminal lawyer. Every situation is different but there is always the same basic structure that is followed during court proceedings. Your best option is to call Donich Law that specializes in criminal defence law. A criminal lawyer will explain what will happen after you have been charged.
The court proceeding that occurs after your arrest is called arraignment. If you have not been arrested, you will receive a document called the summons where the date of arraignment is provided. During the arraignment, the presiding judge will set a bond, state the charges and ask whether you will enter a plea. Before deciding on how you want to plea, it is important to consult with a criminal lawyer.
The pre-trial conference involves the prosecutor who will discuss the case with you and your lawyer. A plea bargain may be proposed at this stage depending upon the circumstances of the case. The case can proceed to trial if no arrangement has been reached at this stage. Your lawyer will decide whether to file a motion to suppress or dismiss after the pre-trial conference with the prosecutor.
During the trial, the case will be tried by a judge or a jury. The jury is composed of persons called jurors who will convene to render an impartial verdict that will be officially submitted to the court. The actual penalty will be set by the judge.
For example, in the state of Connecticut, all misdemeanors and non-class A felonies will require 6 jurors. Cases involving capital offenses and crimes that could result to life imprisonment are tried with 12 jurors. Class A felonies only require a panel composed of 3 jurors.
It is difficult to navigate the criminal justice system on your own. Your best option is Donich Law that has a team of hard-working and dedicated lawyers who can provide excellent legal services and results. They can be trusted to defend complex criminal offenses and have discreetly settled matters to save time, stress and money.