The First 48
The first 48 hours of a criminal case and criminal charges, are critical.
In these few hours:
- The Court and the State determine whether to hold you in custody; and
- The State tells the Court about the seriousness of the charges; and
- The State requests the dates of the future hearings; and
- The Preliminary Hearing or Trial is set; and
- The Court hears arguments by the State for your release conditions.
When a case is filed, it becomes a prosecutor’s job to convict you. Felony or misdemeanor, a guilty verdict can carry life-altering and potentially devastating consequences including:
- Loss of constitutional rights to vote, hold public office and carry a firearm.
- Loss of the ability to choose who you live with and where you live.
- Loss of the ability to leave the State without permission.
- Loss of privacy and giving the Government access to your house, computer and cell phone.
- Loss of your job.
- Loss of your parental rights.
- LOSS OF FREEDOM