Developing an understanding of how a criminal case is considered in the key strengths and weaknesses of the process. As a result, one gains an into the subject matter and becomes capable of improving it to reduce the threat of a mistrial, The stages of a court process may vary depending on the type of a trial that is taking place. In criminal trials, the process starts with the arrest and possible bail. Afterward, the arraignment stage is launched, after which the preliminary hearing and . Finally, the and ends with sentencing. The accused is eligible for an appeal, which may take place after the sentencing (Neubauer & Meinhold, 2016).
Arrest: apprehending a suspect;
Bail (optional): paying for the temporary release of the accused under the custody;
Arraignment: the accused pleading either guilty or innocent;
Preliminary hearing: presentation of the key evidence;
: assessment of the existing evidence;
Trial: the case is tried in court;
Sentencing: the sentence is passed;
Appellation: the accused asks for the reconsideration of the sentence
During the arrest, a suspect is apprehended, yet they may be bailed before the case is represented to the trial. During the arraignment, a defendant can choose to plead either guilty or innocent. In the course of the preliminary hearing, key arguments on both sides are presented. The pre-trial motions imply analyzing the available evidence and choosing the one that will be presented in court. During the trial, the arguments of the prosecution and defense are considered. Afterward, the court defines the punishment that the criminal should receive. In case the accused disagrees with the sentence, they may appeal for the revision of the case (Neubauer & Fradella, 2015).
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