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Felony Flow Chart
Our legal process can be a long and confusing system. Here is a flow chart to give you the basics of what will happen and when.
- Arraignment on Complaint
- Must happen within 3 business days after arrest if in custody.
- Formal charges issued.
- Bail is set according to "bail schedule".
- Bail Review
- Must occur within 3 business days of arraignment.
- Judge determines flight risk or danger to community.
- Bail adjusted higher or lower.
- 1st Readiness Conference
- Defense Attorney, D.A., Judge discuss the case.
- Open bargaining occurs.
- There may be several settlement conferences.
- Preliminary Hearing
- This must occur within 10 business days after arraignment.
- D.A. calls witnesses and presents evidence.
- If not completely ready, hearing may be continued.
- Arraignment on Information
- Formal charges confirmed.
- Advisal of constitutional rights.
- Future court dates set.
- 2nd Readiness Conference
- Occurs within 45 business days of last court date.
- Defense Attorney, D.A. and Judge discuss the case.
- Plea bargaining occurs.
- There may be several readiness conferences before a settlement is reached.
- Jury Trial
- Jury is selected.
- D.A. presents their case.
- Defense Attorney presents case.
- Closing Arguments.
- Jury Verdict.
- 20 business days after guilty plea or verdict.
- Probation report submitted to judge.
- Defense submits mitigating evidence.
- Judge determines final sentence.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be advice concerning your individual situation, but rather is general in nature. Please rely upon your own attorney's advice regarding your specific case.
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