By: Gregory Rollins
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Riverside County Felony Case Process General Overview
Here are 10 main steps in the life of a Riverside County felony case from the incident through sentencing:
- An incident occurs.
- Law enforcement investigates the incident and writes reports.
- The District Attorney’s Office reviews the filing packet and decides whether to file criminal charges, and if so, what charges to file.
- Arraignment-the defendant enters a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” to the charges on the complaint.
- Felony settlement conference (FSC)-meeting between lawyers in court to discuss case and try to resolve the case.
- Preliminary hearing-contested evidentiary hearing where DA has the burden to prove to the judge that there is probable cause (more likely than not that the defendant committed the crime) for the case to proceed to trial.
- Information arraignment-defendant enters plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” to the charges on the information.
- Trial readiness conference (TRC)-meeting between lawyers in court to prepare for trial or resolve the case.
- Trial-DA will attempt to prove each and every charge beyond a reasonable doubt to the jury to obtain a conviction.
- Sentencing hearing-judge will sentence the defendant to a punishment for the charges the defendant was convicted of.
- Riverside County Felony Case Process Part 1: From The Incident Thru The Arraignment
- Riverside County Felony Case Process Part 2: Arraignment Thru Preliminary Hearing
- Riverside County Felony Case Process Part 3: Information Arraignment Thru Sentencing
Criminal defense attorney and former Riverside County prosecutor Gregory Rollins uses his unique experience and expertise to defend the rights of the accused, provide meaningful legal advice to his clients, and to fight for the best possible outcome for every client in every case. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is important to make sure that your rights (or those of your loved-one) are protected.
Contact criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Gregory Rollins to set up a free consultation.