The Basic Criminal Justice System

Mark Wells

1. The Crime is Committed

2. Person is Arrested

3. Initial Court Appearance

Person taken to judge within 24 hours

4. Post Bail

If yes - You can go home until your hearing

If no - You stay in jail until your hearing

5. Preliminary Hearing

6. Arraignment/ Plea

Plea Guilty - You go to your sentencing for jail

Plea Not Guilty - Judge sets your court date

7. Discovery/ Plea Negotiations

Plea Guilty - You go to your sentencing for jail

Plea Not Guilty - Go to trial

8. Trial

Found Not Guilty - You can go home

Found Guilty - Go to sentencing

9. Sentencing

10. Punishment

11. Appeal