The Criminal Process in Los Angeles
Explained by Martinian & Associates INC.
Being charged with a crime can mean many different things, depending on
a variety of factors such as the crime committed and the severity of the
charges levied. Being charged with a misdemeanor is potentially a much
less serious matter than a
felony. Likewise, facing state charges for the commission of a crime could be
considered less serious than being hit with federal charges. In the event
that you have been charged with a crime and you are unsure as to what
those charges entail, it is recommended that you contact a Los Angeles
criminal defense attorney right away. They will be able to review your
charges and discuss their possible ramifications and consequences. Additionally,
they will be able to fight those charges in court on your behalf, thereby
giving you a strong chance of a successful outcome.
As frightening as it is, the criminal process is also logical and linear.
Following an arrest, the defendant will be brought before a magistrate
judge within 24 hours so that a bond can be determined. After the bond
has been set, the defendant will have the ability to post bond and be
released from jail. If it is outside of their price range, they will remain
in jail. Should the prosecutor choose to continue the case, they will
file all information and press formal charges. This will then lead to
a motion, hearing and trial. During this process, it is in your best interests
to get the involvement of an attorney who can explain every step and all
related issues, such as:
If you have been convicted and are looking for a second chance, an appeal
might be the choice for you. During the appeal, you will be able to present
your case in court once more to seek a new outcome.
For the convicted, one of the most difficult aspects is having a blemish
on their criminal record. This, however, does not need to be permanent;
through expungement, a criminal record can be sealed.
In certain cases, the State will legally be able to confiscate your assets
if they have allegedly been achieved through crime or used as instruments
during the commission of the crime.
Simply speaking, this is an offer that is presented by the prosecutor
for reduced charges. This lowers the risk associated with a trial, but
also means guilt without the chance for proven innocence.
After a criminal trial has come to a close, should a verdict of "guilty"
be achieved, the sentencing will occur. This is when the judge determines
the punishment that will be sustained by the defendant.
The criminal trial process is complex and involves many different aspects,
such as the introduction of witness and evidence, cross-examination and
closing remarks. Every step is crucial to protecting you.
There are different types of warrants. Should one be issued in your name,
you could be subjected to actions that would otherwise be considered a
violation of rights, such as an arrest warrant.
Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer for Your Case!
Whether you are facing charges for a misdemeanor, a felony, or you are
facing multiple charges versus a single charge, it is in your best interest
to hire an attorney to represent your case. The legal system is not an
inherently simple one, and there is a good chance that you could become
lost and eventually face stiff punishment for the crime you have been
charged with. An attorney is there to assist you in navigating your legal
proceedings, and provide you with representation that is meant to provide
you with the best likelihood of a favorable resolution.