It is important to remember that just because you have been charged; it does not mean you have been convicted. Do not just plead guilty or give up hope. At Criminal Legal Services, our attorneys take great pride in assisting our clients throughout the entire criminal procedure.
This is the first hearing after an arrest, where the Court tells you the specific charges being brought against you; the maximum/ potential punishment of the charges; and indication you understand your rights. No facts of the case will be determined; this hearing is to determine how you plea. There are three plea options:
“Guilty” – Defendant admits guilt for the charges; and defendant accepts all penalties.
“No Contest” – Defendant accepts punishment; but does not acknowledge guilt.
“Not Guilty” – Defendant claims innocence; denying responsibility on all charges.
During the arraignment the judge will determine and set your Bond and it’s Conditions. Concluding your Arraignment, the Court will either assign your next hearing date or inform you a Notice to appear will be sent to you.
You have the right to; and should have an attorney represent you at this hearing.
Preliminary Examination – Felony Cases Only
After the Arraignment involving a Felony, you will appear for a Preliminary Examination, before a district judge. A Preliminary Examination is when the Prosecutor will present their case against you; needing to present enough evidence to the District Court Judge to prove probable cause that both the crime was committed and the defendant committed it. The District Court Judge will determine whether the evidence is sufficient to believe the defendant committed the crime.
If the Judge determines the evidence against you is not sufficient enough to proceed to trial, the case will be dismissed. If the Judge determines the evidence is sufficient, your case will proceed to trial.
This is your attorney’s opportunity to determine the facts of your case. Your attorney will request and review the police reports, statements, videos and any other evidence from the Prosecutor; and interview any witnesses (including an alleged victim).
This is a meeting between the prosecutor and you defense attorney; during this meeting a plea-bargaining will take place or the case is set for trial.
There are a number of possible legal defenses that exist in a criminal case. If a motion to dismiss is appropriate, based on legal theory or a constitutional violation, your attorney will file a motion to dismiss the case before it even goes to trial.
Every citizen is entitled to a trial; this is your chance to win you case!
Experienced Trial Attorney Specializing in All Criminal Matters
At Criminal Legal Services, our attorneys are in court virtually every day fighting for our clients’ rights; and specialize in keeping our clients from ever doing a single day in jail. Every case is different; however, our attorneys have obtain outstanding results for our clients; although we cannot promise the same outcome for every case, we can promise that out top attorney specializing in the crimes alleged will do everything they can to obtain the same quality of result for your case.