Georgia Criminal Process
The criminal justice system is essentially the same across the nation but there are differences in how the procedures are implemented. The Georgia Criminal Process can be overwhelming and complicated from the outside but we can help walk you through every step. From arraignment to final disposition, Lawson and Berry has over 50 combined years of experience in criminal law and are ready to assist you wherever you are.
The Criminal Process in Georgia
Arraignment: Arraignment is the start of the formal prosecution of someone's case. It is also called an initial hearing or initial appearance.
Bench Trial: A bench trial is when the judge hears and decides the case.
Bench Warrant: A bench warrant is a warrant issues by the judge after a person fails to appear from court.
Bond: Bond refers to the percentage a professional bondsman requires in order to post the remainder of the money for the defendant to be released.
Calendar Call: Calendar call is a court appearance where the parties inform the judge of the status of the case including what the estimated length of trial will be, whether an agreement has been reached, or the number of witnesses that may be called.
Committal Hearing: Similar to preliminary hearing, committal hearings are held to determine if someone can be held in jail either pending bond or without bond in serious cases.
Discovery Motions: Discovery is a procedure where the parties obtain evidence from the other parties.
Grand Jury Indictment: The grand jury decides whether there is enough evidence to allow the defendant to be criminal prosecuted.
Jury Trial: A jury trial occurs when the accused has their case decided by a jury.
Motion for New Trial: A motion for new trial
Motions in Limine: A motion in limine is a motion where one side attempts to prevent the other side from using certain evidence.
Motions to Suppress: Motions to suppress request that the judge exclude certain evidence from trial.
Plea Bargains: A plea bargain is a settlement between the parties in a criminal case.
Preliminary Hearing: Also known as a trial before a trial, a preliminary hearing is when the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to force the defendant to stand trial.
Pretrial Conference: A pretrial conference is a meeting of the parties before trial.
Warrant Application Hearing: A warrant application hearing is when a citizen wants to have someone arrested for a misdemeanor.
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There are many steps in Georgia's criminal process and few people are able to navigate it all on their own. Lawson and Berry are Georgia's premier criminal defense attorneys and are ready to help. Their office is available 24/7 even nights, weekends, and holidays in order to be accessible to you. Contact them today for a free case evaluation.