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The Arrest Process
STEP 1
The Arrest and Booking
You have many rights during the arrest and booking
phase. If you are in custody and under interrogation,
your Miranda Righ...
The police will ask you for your basic information. You
will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may also
be asked to l...
STEP 2
Prosecutor Review
The information will be sent to the prosecutor and
reviewed. Then he or she will decide what charges
should be filed.
*Not...
STEP 3
Arraignment
You will have an appearance in court, called an
arraignment, at which point the charges against you
will be read, and you ...
If you plead guilty for a misdemeanor, either a date
will be set for sentencing or your sentence (fines,
probation, jail t...
If you plead not guilty for a misdemeanor, or if you
wish to retain an attorney, a trial date will be set.
If you plead not guilty, the judge may set your bail.
Bail is a sum of money that you pay to the court in
order to ensure ...
STEP 4
Trial
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor and
pled not guilty, your case will be taken to trial.
If you have been charge...
The criminal process is confusing.
Call us. We are here to help.
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The Arrest Process FAQ | Law Office of Andres R. Guevara

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The Law Office of Andres R. Guevara criminal defense attorneys walk you through frequently asked questions about the arrest process in Colorado.

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The Arrest Process FAQ | Law Office of Andres R. Guevara

  1. 1. The Arrest Process
  2. 2. STEP 1 The Arrest and Booking
  3. 3. You have many rights during the arrest and booking phase. If you are in custody and under interrogation, your Miranda Rights must be read to you. In many states, you also have the right to make a phone call.
  4. 4. The police will ask you for your basic information. You will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may also be asked to line-up or give a handwriting sample.
  5. 5. STEP 2 Prosecutor Review
  6. 6. The information will be sent to the prosecutor and reviewed. Then he or she will decide what charges should be filed. *Note: If you have been arrested for a felony, the prosecutor may enlist a grand jury to determine your charges.
  7. 7. STEP 3 Arraignment
  8. 8. You will have an appearance in court, called an arraignment, at which point the charges against you will be read, and you will be asked whether you plead guilty or not guilty. *Note: If you have been charged with a felony, you will NOT enter a plea.
  9. 9. If you plead guilty for a misdemeanor, either a date will be set for sentencing or your sentence (fines, probation, jail time, etc) will be imposed immediately.
  10. 10. If you plead not guilty for a misdemeanor, or if you wish to retain an attorney, a trial date will be set.
  11. 11. If you plead not guilty, the judge may set your bail. Bail is a sum of money that you pay to the court in order to ensure that you will appear in court when told to do so. If you “post bail,” you may be able to get out of jail prior to trial. *Note: If you have been charged with a felony or a particularly heinous crime, bail may be denied and you may be kept in jail before your trial.
  12. 12. STEP 4 Trial
  13. 13. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor and pled not guilty, your case will be taken to trial. If you have been charged with a felony, you will have a preliminary hearing first, to establish if there is probable cause for the charge. If there is probable cause, the case is taken to trial court.
  14. 14. The criminal process is confusing. Call us. We are here to help.

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