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A Look at the Criminal Trial Procedure

If you have been charged with a crime in Rockville, you may feel understandably overwhelmed by the complex criminal justice system. Always consult a criminal defense lawyer to discuss the specific facts of your case. This video provides a brief overview of what you can expect after you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal charge.

Once a person has been arrested for a crime, charges are initiated. It is important to remember that all criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty. If the sentence is over 90 days, the defendant as the right to a speedy and fair jury trial. First, both the criminal defense lawyer and the prosecutor will select a jury. Next, each will introduce her case with an opening statement. The opening statement is a snapshot of what the attorney believes the evidence will show. It is not an argument. Then, both sides have a chance to put on witnesses to support their case. After the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses, which is when each attorney has the opportunity to challenge the opposing witnesses’ credibility, closing argument is delivered. Finally, a verdict is rendered by the jury.

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