The Procedure When Someone Is Charged With A Crime

The law is there to serve out equal justice for everyone under the system. There are certain rules and regulations that apply to everyone under specific conditions. It is a wise choice for every citizen to keep themselves up dated with law procedures and such so that in the event of an issue, they know what to do and what procedures to follow to keep themselves safe. When arrested for a crime or charged with a crime, the first thing to do is to contact a defense attorney who can give you the legal advice you need to ensure your rights are preserved.

 The usual procedure is that before a person is arrested they are first charged with the crime. To do this, the police will appeal to a judge requesting a warrant. When the warrant is issued, the police will make moves to locate and arrest the suspect. The suspect should be shown a copy of the warrant before the arrest, and after he is taken to the police station the suspect will be booked which means all their information will be noted down, mug shots taken and finger prints taken too. They will have a court hearing within 48 hours and before the court hearing the suspect should be given a chance to have a meeting with lawyers so the suspect can discuss the next plan of action.

If the charge against the solicitor is an assault case the suspect should preferably get in touch with an assault lawyer who has a greater knowledge of that particular law subject.  At the hearing, the judge will read out the charge to the suspect and will ask him if he pleads guilty to the charge or if he pleads not guilty or no contest.

Even if the suspect is guilty of the accused crime, he or she can still plead not guilty if they assume that there is not enough proof to say that they committed the crime. Pleading not guilty will lead to a long court case, where the legal system will have to come up with enough evidence and prove beyond doubt that the accused has committed the crime and is indeed guilty of the charge. It is up to the jury to decide if the accused is indeed guilty or innocent. It is also possible for the accused to waive the need for a jury trial but this decision is best done after careful discussion with his attorney. If the jury decides that the accused is not guilty of the crime, he or she will be released from custody immediately. But if the jury says the suspect is guilty then there will be another hearing where the sentence will be decided.