Thursday, December 14, 2017

Steps in a Criminal Case

 

  1. A Crime is Reported.
  2. The Police become involved:
    • An investigation takes place
    • A report is prepared
    • The report is forwarded to the prosecutor
  3. The prosecutor becomes involved and has three options:
    •  File a criminal complaint
    •  Request further investigation
    •  Decline prosecution

Should a criminal complaint be filed, it will be either a misdemeanor or a felony and undergo the following steps:

Misdemeanor Felony
4. Arraignment - District Court
5. Pre-Trial Conference
6. Motions
7. Plea or Trial
8. Sentencing
 4. Arraignment - District Court
 5. Preliminary Examination
 6. Bind over to Circuit Court
 7. Arraignment - Circuit Court
 8. Pre-Trial Conference
 9. Motions
10. Plea or Trial
11. Sentencing