Are you concerned about fully understanding the processes associated with your criminal case? For many clients, their first encounter with the criminal defense process occurs when they walk through our doors for the first time. From the initial arrest through the final piece of paperwork, our attorneys provide you with the step-by-step assistance that you need to understand potential penalties associated with your criminal charges in New York.
What, exactly, do the courts do? Most criminal cases start out in the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Defendants are arraigned, or formally presented with their charges, during processes at this city court. Felony cases move to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, while lesser violations stay in the city court. The arraignment is a procedural requirement that consists of notification of charges and bail determination. Pleas may also be entered at this point.
What happens after an indictment or arraignment? A criminal trial for your charges may be held after you enter a not-guilty plea. The trial consists of presentation of evidence in front of a judge and jury to determine whether penalties should be levied. Trials may be held for all levels of cases -- misdemeanors, felonies, and violations -- but they are most often held for felony charges.
What will happen during my trial? The criminal trial consists of arguments that are presented by both the defense and the prosecution, or the government entity that is arguing against the defendant. After both sides have made presentations, the jury retires to deliberate and render a verdict. The jurors decide whether a defendant is considered guilty or not guilty. A criminal defense attorney can help you at every stage of the legal process, providing you with the information you need to fully understand the steps associated with your criminal trial.
Source: The New York County District Attorney's Office, "Criminal Justice System: How It Works," accessed Jan. 04, 2017