Most people are familiar with criminal charges and the criminal process through TV and movies. However, the criminal process is often more complicated than what is portrayed in the media. It is important to understand the criminal process so that you know what to expect if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges.
Criminal Process After an Arrest
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Criminal Charges Filed
The criminal process typically starts with criminal charges being filed by the prosecutor. The criminal charges will state the specific crimes that the defendant is accused of committing. The defendant will then have an opportunity to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads guilty, they will be sentenced according to the criminal charges. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case will go to trial.
Obtaining Legal Guidance
It is important to have an attorney during the criminal process because they can protect your rights and ensure you have the best chance possible at a favorable outcome. An attorney can help you understand the criminal charges filed against you and what your options are. If you go to trial, an attorney can help you present your defense and cross-examine witnesses. An attorney can also help you negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor.
At trial, the prosecutor will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the criminal charges. The defendant will have the opportunity to present a defense and call witnesses. If the jury finds the defendant guilty, they will be sentenced according to the criminal charges.
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Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, it is important to understand the criminal process and to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices has experience handling all types of criminal cases. Our team can work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. We are available to help you around the clock.