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The Outline of a Criminal Case

MISDEMEANOR

Arraignment

  • Bail
  • Confirm attorney of record 
  • Confirm identity of defendant 
  • Identify the charges


Pre-Trial Conference (one or more)

  • Plea negotiations
  • Identify the issues
  • Identify any witnesses
  • Identify case strengths/weaknesses 
  • Pre-Trial Motions


Trial 

  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Issues of fact are decided


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 one's criminal record 


FELONY - LOWER COURT 

Arraignment 

  • Bail 
  • Confirm attorney of record 
  • Confirm identity of defendant 
  • Identify the charges 

Pre-Preliminary Hearing 

  • Plea negotiations 
  • Identify the issues
  • Identify any witnesses
  • Identify case strengths/weaknesses 


Preliminary Hearing ("Mini-Trial")

  • Judge decides whether there exists probable cause that a crime was
    committed and that the defendant before him or her was the one who
    committed it
  • Pre-Trial Motions

FELONY - TRIAL COURT 

Arraignment 

  • Bail 
  • Confirm attorney of record 
  • Confirm identity of defendant 
  • Identify the charges 

Pre-Trial Conference (one or more)

  • Plea negotiations 
  • Identify the issues
  • Identify any witnesses
  • Identify case strengths/weaknesses 
  • Pre-Trial Motions

Trial 

  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • issues of fact are decided

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 dismissing one's criminal record after a conviction

 

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Law Offices of Jeff Voll
3460 Wilshire Blvd #410
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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Contact Information

Law Offices of Jeff Voll
3460 Wilshire Blvd. #410
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Telephone: 323-467-6400