The basic process of a criminal case begins with a defendant being arrested and charged with committing a crime. The government is responsible for proving that there is irrefutable reason to believe that the defendant committed the crime. The following process then takes place:
- Bail hearing – The defendant appears at a hearing and the presiding judge will decide if the defendant will be let out on bail or kept in custody.
- Probable cause hearing – The judge will decide if there is enough evidence to support charging the defendant with the crime.
- Arraignment – This is where the defendant enters the plea, such as guilty, not guilty, or guilty but mentally unstable.
- Trial – If the defendant pleads not guilty, the criminal trial is often the next step.
- Acquittal or sentencing – The defendant is acquitted of the crime if found innocent or is sentenced to various penalties if found guilty.
If you are currently facing a criminal case, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable defense lawyer. Contact the experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Jason A. Volet at 732-503-8968.