9 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM STEPS

Logan Ryan

CRIME IS COMMITTED!

INVESTIGATION

INITIAL APPEARANCE

PRELIMINARY HEARING

is there sufficient evidence to support the charges against the defendant?

ARRAIGNMENT AND PLEA

FORMAL ACCUSATION OF THE DEFENDANT WHERE A PLEA OF GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY IS ENTERED

DISCOVERY AND PLEA NEGOTIIATIONS

IF DEFENDANT IS GUILTY, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAS A RIGHT TO DISCOVER THE STATE'S EVIDENCE IN THE CASE

TRIAL

SENTENCING

APPEAL