What to expect if charged with a felony

Facing a criminal charge in Cumming, Georgia is one thing. Facing a felony charge is a completely different level. If you are ever charged with a felony in Georgia you will want to know what to expect so you can prepare to handle anything that is thrown at you. Today, we will discuss what you can expect if charged with a felony.

You will have to go to an arraignment after a felony charge is filed against you. At the arraignment you will be read the charge by the court. You will then either be assigned an attorney or you will let the court know you have representation. The next step will be assigning bail to your case, which you will pay in order to be released, or you will have to remain in jail.

You will then have to attend a preliminary hearing, which is when the prosecution has to show probable cause that you committed said crime that led to the felony charge. If the prosecution succeeds in this hearing you will next make an appearance at the Circuit Court level in 40 days.

Once you have a hearing in Circuit Court you will then be sent to trial if you do not enter a guilty plea. At trial, the prosecution has the burden to prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Being charged with a felony is frightening. You might not know what will happen if this is the first time you've ever been arrested. Prepare ahead of time so you can figure out how your appearances will go and so you know how to handle yourself in court when defending against the charges.

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