What is the general Criminal Process?

First, there is normally an investigation, depending on the severity of the offense a person will probably know about the investigation. Second, is the arrest. Third, if arrested for a felony the next step is a grand jury hearing. For a misdemeanor no grand jury hearing is needed and the case will be filed. Fourth, is the pre-trial process. Fifth is a trial, jury or bench. And sixth is the punishment.


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