Criminal Law

Arrest Process

  • Arrest
    • Requires probable cause
  • First appearance
    • Must happen within 48 hours of arrest
    • Checks for probable cause and tells the defendant what he is charged with
  • Information/Indictment
  • Preliminary Hearing
  • Arraignment
    • Force the defendant to enter a formal plea of guilty/not guilty unless defendant waives right, in which case the judge will usually enter a plea of not guilty on his behalf
  • Discovery
  • Trial