What To Expect After You've Been Charged With A Crime

If you have been arrested, there almost certainly is a police report that coincides with that arrest. Prosecutors review these records and determine how to proceed (i.e., whether charges should be filed against the arrested or if no further action should be taken).

Prosecutors have a great deal of influence over what charges are filed, and those charges will determine what fight you're facing in criminal court. Decisions about what charges are filed are typically made within a short window of time after an arrest — 2 or 3 days. During that time, more evidence can be gathered against you. You need to act quickly to retain criminal defense counsel.

At the Law Offices of Larry Pilgrim, we offer experienced defense in a wide range of criminal cases. Attorney Larry Pilgrim can step in quickly to protect your rights and ensure you have every opportunity to turn things around. One arrest or criminal charge is not the end. Contact our firm today in Sacramento to discuss your options.

The Use Of A Grand Jury In Determining Charges

Despite the name, grand juries are actually not used to determine guilt or innocence. Instead, they are used to determine what charges will be filed against someone from the start. They do not require a unanimous decision, and they do not meet in public trials.

Prosecutors present information to grand juries with a "bill" of charges. They will present evidence to support the charges they believe could be brought against the arrested individual. The jury can choose to indict the individual, meaning to bring charges against him or her. If the jury decides against indictment, the prosecutor can still choose to file charges.

As a former prosecutor with Sac City attorney office, Larry Pilgrim knows firsthand what you are up against in the criminal justice system. Contact our firm online or call 916-245-7661 for the experienced defense you can rely on.