Steps in a Criminal Case

Topics
  • Appeals
    Learn about the processes by which defendants challenge their convictions.
  • Criminal Charges

    After arrest often comes the filing of criminal charges. Look here for information on how prosecutors bring cases against defendants.

  • Criminal Pleas

    The two pleas at the center of the criminal justice system are "not guilty" and "guilty." But there are other pleas, too.

  • Criminal Trials

    Here we cover the rules around trials, where prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Investigation and Discovery

    The evidence that the government and defense gather is fundamental to a criminal case, as are the rules for what must be shared with the other side.

  • Jail and Bail

    Here we have information on why suspects go into and how they get out of jail.

  • Motions in Criminal Cases

    Motions--like ones to reduce bail and ones to suppress evidence--lay the groundwork for criminal cases.

  • Plea Bargains

    A whopping majority of criminal cases don't go to trial. Learn the ways in which most cases are resolved.

  • Sentencing

    Statutes set out the possible punishment for crimes, but they often don't paint the whole picture.

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