Criminal procedure is complex and intricate. Different rights apply at different times during the process. Always involve a Greensboro criminal attorney, whether you need a Greensboro Felony lawyer or a Greensboro Misdemeanor lawyer at the earliest possible stages.
The process begins with the issuance of a criminal process or pleading. There are different types: citation, criminal summons, warrant for arrest, order for arrest, magistrate’s order, statement of charges, information, and indictment. Probable cause, a fair probability that a crime has been committed, and that the person accused committed that crime, must be found for each element of the offense alleged. Criminal process must be issued within two years for a misdemeanor; there is no statute of limitations for a felony.
Every defendant receives an initial appearance, and a defendant who is arrested (with or without a warrant) must be taken before a judicial official without unnecessary delay. The defendant must appear in person for their first appearance, although it may be conducted by video. Greensboro criminal defense lawyers may appear at this stage to be heard on bond.
After the first appearance, bond is set, as well as a court date. The court date may be a trial date, or a chance to determine who will represent the person charged. If the case goes to trial, then it will begin with an arraignment on the charges, and if the arraignment results in a plea of “not guilty,” then the case will either go to trial in front of a Judge or a Jury.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, contact the Greensboro criminal defense attorneys of Garrett Walker Aycoth and Olson today. They are here to help!