the Steps of Being Charged with Crime
Being charged with a crime can make you panic now that you don’t know what will happen at the end. The person who is aware of the court procedures when charged with a crime will have an easy time to adapt to the situation than someone who has no idea of what is going to happen. The other important things that you need to know is the laws that are related to your case. If you want to know these procedures and also your rights when you are charged with crime continue reading this article.
You will start by being charged and booking. The crime you have done will determine whether you will get arrested immediately or later. The process starts with the judge giving authority for your arrest to the officers who will try their best to reach you. During your arrest the officers may not serve you with an arrest warrant but you should make sure you have it from the court so that you will know the mistakes you are charged with. From being arrested you will be directed to a jail or local police department so that your fingerprints and mugshot can be taken. Within 48 hours after being arrested you should be able to talk to a magistrate who will decide to release you on bond or let you depending with your crime you can have a pending hearing. What you need to know is that if you have to be released on the bond it must be paid before you are set free. However, to some people they are denied the bond due to the seriousness of the crime hence they have to remain in jail until when their case will be heard.
The second stage of your arrest is the court hearing after being charged with the crime. During that day when the judge will say you come back for hearing s/he will read your criminal charges and you as the defendant you are answerable to that. You will plead to be guilty, not guilty or no contest after the judge reads your criminal charges. However, it’s good to involve a criminal lawyer who will advise you and explain to you the possible steps that the judge will take for either of your responses. Also you should provide the court with enough evidence that has to be proved for you to be confirmed not guilty.
If you are not able to convince the court you are guilty the next step is to be sentenced. At this time the judge will check on your previous record to see if you have ever been arrested before. You sentence will be cheap if you have never been charged before.