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Criminal Court Process
The criminal court process is divided into a number of stages. A case often begins with an arrest. An arrest is simply the exercise of police authority over a person and must be supported by probable cause. If the crime is a serious one or the person is held in custody there will be a preliminary arraignment. The purpose of a preliminary arraignment is to set bail and advise a defendant of certain rights.
If the government survives the preliminary hearing it will be followed by the formal arraignment. A formal arraignment simply begins the clock for filing certain motions. In most counties the district attorney and judge may not even attend the Formal arraignment. However, in Northampton County, the government will actively seek pleas at this stage.
If a motion to suppress is a viable option in the case it will be filed after the formal arraignment. If the government’s case is not destroyed by a suppression motion, the next stage in the process will most likely be trial.
It is very important that you have an aggressive criminal defense attorney at you side during all of these stages. Contact James Madsen at (484) 548-0529 for a free consultation.
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