Crime… and its Aftermath

GETTING ARRESTED - YOUR RIGHTS AND WHAT TO EXPECT: Lesson 4

How an Arrest Becomes a Court Case

  • First, an officer finds probable cause to believe a crime has happened and arrests the suspects, or gives suspects tickets (citations) and allows the suspect to go free.
  • The suspect is given a date to go to court.
    • A suspect in jail will be taken to court; a free suspect must make sure to appear.
  • The officer reports the suspected crime to the Attorney General’s office for review.
  • The Attorney General reviews the case and decides either there is no case and files no charges, or decides to go forward on it because they believe they can prove you are guilty, or later to dismiss it, based on the evidence.
  • When a suspect appears in court, the case might be dismissed, or the suspect must plead guilty or not guilty (pick me!) to the charge.
  • Future court actions and dates depend on this first appearance in court.

 

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