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Our Lincoln Criminal Lawyer Discusses Criminal Proceedings

12 June 2015

gavel and books Lincoln Criminal LawyerBefore you ever attend a court hearing, your Lincoln criminal lawyer may discuss criminal proceedings and how they work. Here is a brief overview of the process.

First Appearance

Shortly after you are arrested, you will attend a brief hearing in court. During this proceeding, you will be informed of the charges against you and of your rights, including your right to retain a Lincoln criminal lawyer. If the charge is a misdemeanor, you may enter a plea and receive a sentence immediately.

Bail

In felony cases, the judge decides whether or not to grant bail. He or she may deny bail and hold you in custody until the trial date. He or she may choose instead to set a certain bail amount. Another option is to release you on your own recognizance.

Preliminary Hearing

During the preliminary hearing, the judge decides whether there is probable cause that a crime was actually committed and that you were the perpetrator of the crime. If the judge determines that there is probable cause, he or she will bind you over for trial. If not, you will be released and the case against you will be dismissed.

Trial

The first part of the trial process is the selection of the jury. After the jury is selected, the prosecutor and your Lincoln criminal lawyer make opening statements. The prosecution then presents its case through witness testimony. Your lawyer cross-examines witnesses to test their credibility. Your lawyer then presents your defense. After he or she is finished, each lawyer will conclude the case with a closing argument. The jury then deliberates to determine the verdict.

Legal Assistance from a Lincoln Criminal Lawyer

If you would like more information about how criminal proceedings work, contact a Lincoln criminal lawyer for help.