The Process In A Criminal Trial

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Criminal Trial Process Criminal Trial Process There are many distinct parts to the process in a criminal trial. Some parts of these trials happen within every single trial while others can be hit or miss and do not happen all of the time. Regardless, the defendant in each trial either gets off on some or all charges or is convicted on one or more charges. Regardless, there is an orderly process behind what might or might not happen. The Process Before the trial even starts, there are several things that have already happened. The first is the arrest of the charged person. The person is arrested by police, or he/she turns himself/herself in, based on one or more charges that have been brought against the person. The person must then make an initial appearance before a judge. The person must be arraigned in a timely fashion and the defendant must then enter a plea at that hearing. If the defendant pleads guilty, there is no need for a criminal trial as the person is admitting that they are guilty (Nolo, 2012). If, however, the person pleads not guilty to one or more charges, the trial process will start. At any point in the process, whether it be before the trial or during it, a deal can be cut between the prosecutor's team and the defendant. This is often done to avoid a lengthy and expensive trial and the defendant often gets some form of lenciency if they do plead guilty. Leniency can come in the form of less time overall, probation instead of actual prison time,
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