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Why Do the Courts Take So Long to Resolve Criminal Law Cases? January 5, 2017

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Why Do the Courts Take So Long to Resolve Criminal Law Cases?, Lexington-Fayette Central, Kentucky

Criminal law cases are rarely simple. Even if you are only facing misdemeanor charges, you can expect it to take anywhere from three months to two years to resolve. If you need a criminal defense attorney in Lexington, KY, turn to Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC. Their team has 95 years of combined experience providing quality legal counsel, and they will gladly put this experience to work for you.

Many criminal law cases are criminal law casesresolved in less than 24 months from arrest to sentencing. The arrest phase can occur at any time, as long as it is within the statute of limitations. Different crimes have different statutes of limitations during which police can arrest the perpetrator.

After arrest comes the arraignment phase. During arraignment, the defendant will go before a judge to hear the specific charges that he or she is facing. In most areas, arraignment occurs within two days of the arrest.

If the defendant is facing felony charges, the next stage is the preliminary hearing, which usually takes place within one week following the arraignment. During this hearing, the prosecutor will bring forth evidence that will indicate why the court should proceed with a formal trial. At this point, the defendant’s attorney may cross-examine witnesses to assess the strength of the prosecutor’s case. In some scenarios, the prosecutor will not hold a preliminary hearing and will instead jump right to the Grand Jury stage.

If the defendant is facing misdemeanor charges, there will be a motions and hearing stage following the arraignment phase. This phase, which consists of conducting investigations and settling evidences issues, often contributes to lengthy delays.

In felony criminal law cases, the next stage is the Grand Jury phase, during which jurors assess the evidence. An arraignment or indictment will follow, and then it is time for the motions and hearing phase for felony cases. The trial phase is the last step for both misdemeanor and felony cases, and that alone can take several months or even years. Delays often occur at various stages leading up to the trial, which can contribute to the entire process’s lengthy duration even more.

If you are facing criminal charges, turn to Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC in Lexington, KY. Visit their website to learn more about the defense lawyers at this firm, and call (859) 255-7761 to discuss their approach to criminal law cases.

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