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Your case depending on the county, court and judge may differ from below, but this is simply guideline of the process so you’ll have a general idea of what to may expect for a case with misdemeanor charges.
MISDEMEANOR – An offense less serious than a felony, punishable up to a fine of $1,000.00 and/or a maximum of 12 months in jail.
IT MAY NOT BE MANDATORY for you to appear at your Arraignment (Please confirm with us).
Stages of a Misdemeanor Offense:
Arraignment – The First Court Appearance
After your arrest, booking, and initial bail phases of the criminal process, the first court appearance is called the arraignment. In a typical arraignment, a person charged with a crime is called before a criminal court Judge.
Covers any discovery of further evidence and potential opportunity of negotiations for a plea bargin.
The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through a “plea bargain”, usually well before the case reaches trial. In a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest, often to a lesser charge than one for which the defendant could stand trial, in exchange for a more lenient sentence, and/or so that certain related charges are dismissed. For both the prosecutor and the defendant, the decision to enter into (or not enter into) a plea bargain may be based on the seriousness of the alleged crime, the strength of the evidence in the case, the defendants criminal history or lack thereof and the prospects of a guilty verdict at trial. Plea bargains are generally encouraged by the court system, and have become something of a necessity due to overburdened criminal court calendars.
For Misdemeanor Offenses that go to Trial
In a criminal trial, a jury listens and examines the evidence to decide whether, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the defendant committed the crime (s) in question. In a trial the prosecution has the burden of proving to the judge or jury that the defendant committed the offense (s) in the hope of obtaining a “guilty” verdict and a conviction of the defendant. A trial also represents the defense’s chance to refute the prosecution’s evidence, and to offer its own in some cases. After both sides have presented their evidence and made their arguments, the jury considers as a group whether to find the defendant guilty or not guilty of the crime (s) charged. (Note: Although a trial is the most high profile phase of a criminal justice process, the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved well before trial - - through guilty or no contest pleas, plea bargains, or dismissal of charges.)
After a person is convicted of a crime, whether through a guilty plea, plea bargain, or jury verdict, the appropriate legal punishment is determined at the sentencing phase. A number of different kinds of punishment may be imposed on a convicted criminal defendant, including:
For misdemeanors and infractions, sentencing often takes place immediately after conviction or when a defendant has pled guilty. In more complex criminal cases, such as those involving serious felonies, the sentencing judge usually receives input from the prosecutor, the defense and the probation department (which prepare recommendations in a “pre sentence investigation”).
The sentencing judge will also consider punishments and sentencing ranges identified in applicable criminal statutes, as well as a number of case-specific factors, including:
Any item pertaining to action on your case will be discussed between you and your attorney.
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