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The Criminal Process
Your Mika Meyers defense team works to obtain a favorable result at every step of the criminal process. If you are accused of a misdemeanor – including many traffic, assault and battery, vandalism, shoplifting, trespassing, prostitution, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, and first or second drunk-driving offenses – you may be able to avoid a trial altogether through plea bargaining. Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to one year in a county jail. Felony criminals are incarcerated in a state prison.
In a criminal case, a prosecutor, not the victim, initiates and controls the process. The prosecutor may file criminal charges even if the victim doesn’t approve, or may refuse to file criminal charges despite the victim’s desire that criminal charges be filed. Each case is unique, but here are the key steps of the typical criminal process.
- Police stop, where you are questioned and maybe tested, but not taken to a different location.
- Arrest and booking, where you will be questioned, fingerprinted, and photographed. You may hire an attorney at your own expense, or if you are unable to afford an attorney, the court will appoint one if it is determined you might be sentenced to jail. Charges are not filed at this time.
- Arraignment before a judge, where you are informed of charges and your rights and enter a plea. Bail is set and future court dates scheduled.
- Pre-trial conference and plea bargaining, a negotiated agreement to lesser charges before trial.
- Jury trial and sentencing, if you are found guilty.
- Appeal, if appropriate, where your lawyer tries to prove legal errors were made that should result in the reversal of your conviction.
Contact your Mika Meyers defense attorney immediately, as soon as you come under suspicion for a criminal offense. We can help you understand your options and prepare your case.