Criminal Justice Process

Criminal Justice Process

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  • Noooo!
  • This is an indictment.
  • My names Arnold Derekson.
  • Grand Jury and Suspect.
  • Arrest/Booking- The man is caught attempting to steal a car, and is arrested and sent to jail to wait for his Initial Appearance. 
  • Initial Appearance and Preliminary Hearing- The suspect is sent to the magistrate court where the judge determine if the suspect has committed a crime and if not  it is a bail where the judge discusses the charges put against the suspect.
  • Prosecuting Lawyer and Defending Lawyer.
  • Indictment- If the suspect did commit a crime the judge puts the suspect under an indictment where a group of citizens called "The Grand Jury" , examines evidence to see if should be charged of committing a crime and is put under and indictment.
  • Guilty, 8 years in prison!
  • Arraignment- The suspect goes to Superior Court, if they are not guilty they go to trial, if they plead guilty the do go to trial. The suspect can plea bargain where the admit guilt to a lesser offence and the case will not go to trial.
  • Selecting a Jury, Opening Statement, Presentation of evidence,and closing statements(Trial)- To begin the trial 12 citizens are chosen to be jurors for the case, and the prosecuting lawyer and defendant lawyer are allowed to ask the juror questions and will present evidence in the court. 
  • *Evidence*
  • Jury deliberation/verdict and Sentencing- After everything is said and done the jury discuss if the defendant is guilty or not, if not guilty the defendant is released if guilty the judge sentences the defendant and tells them how many years he will spend.
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