Please pay careful attention to the instructions on the subpoena.If you do not understand the instructions, please contact our office.At this hearing the judge informs the defendant of the charges against him/her, advises the defendant of his/her right to counsel, and explains the amount of bond.
Once the trial begins, the "rule of sequestration" or "rule" may be invoked.
An indictment is a charging document filed by a grand jury and may indict on any crime.
A grand jury consists of 18 citizens who hear allegations and evidence brought before them by the prosecuting authority and decide who, if anyone, should be charged with what crime(s).
Do not be concerned if the trial does not take place on the first scheduled trial date.
It is not uncommon for trials to be continued or postponed for a variety of reasons, from a crowded trial docket to witnesses in poor health. The attorneys for each side question a pool of potential jurors and use an allotment of strikes to excuse those potential jurors who they believe will not be fair and impartial.
After filing an information or indictment the defendant is next entitled to an arraignment, whereby the defendant is told of the substance of the charge against him/her and called upon to plead guilty or not guilty.