The Trial Phase of a Criminal Case

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The Four Phases of a Criminal Trial

A typical criminal case has several different phases. Unless a guilty plea is entered, criminal cases are resolved by trial. The following is a summary of what happens if a criminal case goes to trial.

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At any stage of a criminal case, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney. 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 02:43 PM PST

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