Tulsa County Felony Process
Felonies are crimes that are deemed more severe than misdemeanors. There is a wide range of crimes that are considered felonies—charges as different as embezzlement and first-degree murder fall under this general category.
Felony proceedings almost always begin with an arrest. This can follow either an investigation by the police or an action witnessed directly by a law enforcement officer.
When a person is arrested, he or she will be processed and officially charged with the crime shortly thereafter. Generally, there are several steps that follow this initial processing:
- A hearing is conducted with a judge or official to set court dates and assign a bail amount if applicable.
- Discovery follows the hearing. This is the process in which a defendant’s attorneys can gather relevant documents and evidence to begin building a case.
- The state may choose to offer a plea deal for various reasons. A plea deal gives a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to save the court a long trial process.
- If no plea deal can be agreed on, the case will then move to a jury trial. Jury trials, which can be long and involved, eventually conclude with a verdict from the jury.
Each felony case will have different details, but all cases will follow the general process described above.
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