Felony

Lower Court


Arraignment

  • Bail
  • Identity of defendant
  • Ascertain charges
  • Confirm attorney of record

Pre-Preliminary Hearing

  • Plea negotiations
  • Identification of issues
  • Identification of witnesses
  • Identification of strengths / weaknesses

Preliminary Hearing

  • Probable cause that crime was committed and defendant was the one who committed it

Upper Court


Arraignment

  • Bail
  • Identity of defendant
  • Ascertain charges
  • Confirm attorney of record

Pre-Trial Conference

  • Plea negotiations
  • Identification of issues
  • Identification of witnesses
  • Identification of strength/weaknesses

Trial

  • Pre-trial motions
  • Issues of fact are decided

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Sentencing

  • Judge imposes sentencing after defendant has been convicted

Appeal

  • The defense may request a higher court to change the lower court's decision.

Expungement

  • Expungement is a legal term for sealing the criminal record
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