After your arraignment, there will be future courts. Most of the future court dates will typically be called a Plea, Preliminary Examination Setting, or Pretrial Conference. Depending on what issues arise during the course of your case, other court dates may include discovery motions, motions to release subpoenaed material, motions to suppress evidence, and many more.
Obviously, we will strongly advocate for your case to be dismissed. A dismissal can happen at anytime during the process. A dismissal is the best result, but sometimes that is not realistic. Your case can typically resolve in one of three ways. First, your case is dismissed sometime during its pendencey. Second, there may be a mitigated offer to resolve your case that is reached after discussions with the district attorney and judge. If you accept a resolution, then you will be sentenced. Third, your case does not resolve for some reason and there is a trial. At either a court trial or jury trial, you will be found innocent or guilty. If you are found innocent, then the case is done as it would be if the case was dismissed. If you are found guilty, then you will be sentenced.
If you enter a no contest plea, guilty, plea, or there is a guilty verdict at trial, the next step is sentencing. Depending on the type of case, there are several potential options that you can be sentenced to (this is not an all inclusive list): no jail time, community service, AA meetings, angry management, counseling, therapy, paying a fine, drug or alcohol classes, sheriff’s work program, public service program, house arrest (electronic monitoring), alcohol monitoring (SCRAM), residential treatment program, sober living environment, restitution paid to victims, fines, county jail, or prison.
Each case if factually different and may have different legal issues to address. Whether your are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, most cases resolve in four to six months. Your case could be shorter or last longer. Although we are very sensitive to your needs in wanting this process to come to a speedy conclusion, we will never sacrifice quality of success for a speedy end. If your case lasts ten months and is ultimately dismissed, then that was the right length of time for your case. We want to have quality results for our clients and that is what you are going to receive.