The Criminal Defense Process

At Schatz, Anderson & Associates, we handle all kinds of criminal cases, from minor infractions and misdemeanors to the most serious felony offenses. We provide representation during all stages of the criminal process from the initial investigation to post-conviction appeals. If you have been arrested and/or charged with a crime, it is vital that you have a dedicated and knowledgeable defense attorney working for you. A skilled defense attorney can identify potential defenses to your case and raise those defenses in court. The criminal process can be complicated and intimidating, and the consequences of a conviction can be severe. Penalties for a criminal conviction can include fines, counseling, community service, loss of driver’s license or professional licensure, probation, jail or even prison.

Slightly Different Processes Depending on the Charge and Classification

Class C and B Misdemeanor charges have a somewhat different initial criminal process from Class A Misdemeanors and Felony charges. To see the progression of classifications, click here. DUI charges also have a few additional steps since you must deal with the issues of obtaining your vehicle from impound and the civil procedures for fighting for your driver license. To learn more, click the appropriate topics below.

DUI and Driver's License Process

Here are the additional steps in defending DUI charges and trying to save your driver license or a professional license:

Getting Out of Jail
Getting Your Car Out of Impound
Driving After Your Arrest
Driver's License Suspension
Motor Vehicle / Driver's License Hearings
Professional License Reporting

The remaining defense processes are the same as other misdemeanors, so see the next section for those steps.

Class A Misdemeanor and Felony Defense Process

Here are the steps in defending Class A Misdemeanor and Felony charges:

Initial Appearance
Roll Call
Preliminary Hearing
Arraignment

The remaining steps in the criminal process are the same as the misdemeanor process, so review the previous section for those steps.

Class B and C Misdemeanor Defense Process

Here are the steps in defending Class C and Class B Misdemeanor charges:

Arraignment
Pre-Trial Conference
Motion Hearing and Suppression Hearing
Trial
Appeal
Sentencing

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