Criminal Process Overview

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What Is a Criminal Process?

Court proceedings can be civil, administrative, and criminal. If a prosecutor files criminal charges against someone, then the criminal procedure or a criminal case begins.

Criminal law handles behaviors and actions that are in violation of state laws and an offense against the public, society, or the state. If that person is convicted, their penalties can include fines, jail or prison time, community work, and probation.

The person facing criminal charges has certain legal protections, regardless of whether they are charged with a minor or a serious crime. For example, the defendant has the right to remain silent, to be represented by an attorney, as well as the right to confront witnesses against them in court.

If you are facing criminal charges, you may feel terrified. However, being charged is not the same as being convicted. The state has to prove the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Stages of the Criminal Justice Process

At Stephens & DiRado, LLP, we understand that being investigated for or charged with a criminal offense can be life changing. You can find yourself thrown into an unfamiliar and complicated process that could have long-term consequences for yourself and those close to you. However, just because you have been charged with a criminal offense does not mean that you’re guilty or that you will be convicted. We have an in-depth knowledge of how the many stages of the criminal justice system work, and we know how to effectively advocate for you at each stage to reach the best outcome possible.

Below is a summary of the various stages of the criminal justice process and information about how we approach each of those stages. The sooner our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys can get involved and begin working on your case, the better. We are able to maximize our impact on the case by getting involved early and working quickly.

No matter what stage of the criminal justice process you are facing, our team of attorneys can help. Call us so that we can work with you to create a plan that protects you and your freedom.

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