Criminal Charges: How Cases Get Started

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

How police officers and prosecutors initiate criminal cases.

A criminal case usually gets started with a police arrest report. The prosecutor then decides what criminal charges to file, if any. Some cases can then go to a grand jury for a criminal indictment or to a preliminary hearing, where a judge decides if there is enough evidence to proceed. Here's how this all works.

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Jury Reaches Verdict in Jodi Arias Trial

Posted by Chris Morales on Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 02:02 PM

The Jury has finally reached a verdict in the trial of Jodi Arias. Arias has been charged for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias had first denied any involvement in the death and blamed the killing on two masked intruders. Two-years after her arrest Arias is using self-defense for the killing of Alexander. After a four-month trial of graphic details of their sexual adventures and photographs of Alexander just before his death jurors are to present a verdict after deliberating for 15 hours Friday afternoon.

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FAQ about Criminal Court

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 05:51 PM


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