Pre-trial Stages of a Criminal Case

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What are Pre-trial Stages of a Criminal Case?

A criminal case consists of a number of phases, from the initial arrest to sentencing and possible appeal.  The following is an overview of what to expect during the pre-trial phase of a criminal case.

Arrest

Booking 

Bail

Arraignment

Plea Bargain

Preliminary Hearing

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At any stage of a criminal case, it is important to have a criminal defense lawyer.  The criminal law system is very complicated, and it is important to have someone on your side who understands the law and the process.  If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  A criminal defense attorney can inform you of your rights, guide you through the process, and argue on your behalf. 

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Last Modified: 12-24-2013 02:44 PM PST

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