Tulsa County Misdemeanor Process
A misdemeanor is a crime that is considered less serious than a felony but that can still result in a criminal record and jail time. Many commonly committed crimes fall into this category, including: DUI, assault and battery, possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), petty theft, vandalism and disorderly conduct.
Criminal proceedings usually begin with an arrest. Once a person is arrested for a crime he or she will be processed and officially charged. There are many steps to the criminal process that follow:
- An initial appearance in court will occur so that the defendant can have a bail amount set and can be given time to hire a defense attorney.
- The defendant’s lawyer can request discovery of evidence and files related to the proceedings to prepare for a trial.
- A misdemeanor case may conclude without trial if your attorney can negotiate an acceptable plea. Plea deals are a middle ground where each side benefits in some manner.
- If no plea deal is offered or reached, the process will move into a jury trial where you can be found not guilty and sent home or found guilty and sentenced by a jury.
While the details of each misdemeanor case may differ, the overall process will stay the same.
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Navigating a misdemeanor process without an experienced attorney will likely hurt your chances of a positive outcome. At the Edge Law Firm, our team fights for all of our clients, and works with them from the arrest until the end of the case.
Contact us online today or call (918) 582-6333 to learn what Edge can do for you.