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This month, Part 2 of our three-part series on the Criminal Process explores The Grand Jury, The Arraignment, and Pre-Trial Proceedings and Motions.

Images of Lady Justice, a gavel and law book representing the criminal defense processThe Grand Jury

Grand jury proceedings are held in private with the jury acting independent of the court.  During these proceedings, the grand jury is responsible for evaluating the evidence to determine if there is probable cause, meaning they feel there is sufficient reason to believe the suspect has committed a crime.

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The criminal process is a complex, multi-step process designed to find justice while protecting the rights of both the accused and the victims. Over the next few months, Kearns Rotolo Law will present a three-part series explaining the various steps involved in this process. This month in Part 1 we explore the arrest, the charges, and the detention hearing.

The Criminal Process Part 1

The Criminal Process - Part 1: The Arrest; suspect with hands behind his back being handcuffedThe Arrest

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Preparing for an initial criminal defense attorney consult pictured two people meeting across table with gavel and scales of justice in foregroundFacing criminal charges is a serious matter and one you shouldn’t face alone. It is vital that you do not discuss any of the facts of your case with anyone other than your attorney. Remember you have the right to remain silent. It is in your best interest to remain silent.

Finding the right attorney to defend you against these charges is the first step in ensuring your rights are protected. But what if this is the first time you are confronted with this predicament? How should you prepare for your initial consultation with a criminal defense attorney?

The first step is to do your homework. Research criminal defense attorneys in your area, paying special attention to their credentials, years of experience, areas of practice, and reviews from past clients. Once you have found an attorney you believe can help your case, call for a consultation. Before you go, be prepared.

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