Understanding the Criminal Court Process

Being accused of a crime can be a traumatic and life-changing experience, whether you’ve been formally charged or not. If you have been arrested or charged in criminal court, that is not the end of the process, but the very beginning. The presumption of innocence is real; no one is guilty until they admit guilt, or are found guilty by a judge or jury.

In Massachusetts, the criminal process begins at the trial court level. From an arrest to a trial, your case will never be exactly identical to someone else’s experience.  Every case has its own unique facts, every person charged is an individual with a history and life that is different from everyone else, and every case takes its own path through the system.

Your experience is not going to be exactly like anyone else’s. While the experience is different for everyone, the rules and procedures are the same for everyone. An average criminal case will follow this process in court:

When you or a loved one are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, it’s a life-changing event that can carry long-term consequences. That’s why it’s always best to hire an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to defend your rights in court.

For more information on what to expect during a criminal court case in Massachusetts, contact H. Ernest Stone, Attorney PC, today.