Court Proceedings

  1. Arraignment

    After a complaint is filed or an indictment is issued, the defendant will appear in court to be informed of the charges and to enter a plea. This is called the arraignment.

  2. Assistance

    Our office offers assistance throughout the criminal process.

  3. Bail

    Bail can be an amount of money and/or conditions that are designed to ensure the defendant will appear in court.

  4. Charges

    Charges are initiated through investigations by the police agencies which serve Cumberland County.

  5. Dispositional Conference

    During this conference, the parties will meet with a judge and discuss the merits of the evidence, the defense, and any pretrial motions.

  6. Motions

    After the arraignment, the defendant has until 10 days preceding the dispositional conference date to file motions.

  7. Plea Agreements

    A plea negotiation usually involves a specific sentence recommendation or dismissal of certain charges by the state in exchange for a guilty plea from the defendant on specific charges.

  8. Sentencing

    After the defendant either pleads guilty or is found guilty after a trial, the judge determines the sentence.

  9. Subpoenas

    A subpoena is a court order directing you to be available to appear in court for a certain time period.

  10. Trial

    In a trial, the state must prove through the presentation of testimony and evidence that the defendant is guilty of the alleged charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

  11. Victim Compensation

    If you have suffered monetary losses as a direct result of a crime the judge can order the defendant to pay you back as part of the sentence.