I've been arrested, when will I be Indicted?
Posted on Jun 13, 2011 8:10am PDT
After an arrest, a particular point of confusion for many people is how
long will it take before they have their day in court or get their case
resolved. The speed of the criminal process is determined by the interaction
of the agency that made the arrest, i.e. police department, etc., and
the investigators in the prosecutor's office. In the State Courts,
the Prosecutor will be the Solicitor General's office. In the Superior
Courts, it will be the District Attorney's office. Your case will
fall into the natural progression of the cases they investigate.
It usually takes several weeks from the date of the arrest for the initial
incident reports and other paperwork to be transferred to the prosecuting
attorney's office. From that point, an Investigator investigates the
case further for the Prosecutor. The Investigator checks to make certain
that witnesses are available, that the incident report is complete, that
statements have been taken from all persons involved in the case, and
that evidence has been secured and is available for the prosecution. Once
the case has been fully investigated and a case summary prepared, it is
transferred to persons in the Prosecutor's office who draw the formal
accusations or indictments, bringing the charges to court. The Prosecutors
generally labor under an extremely large caseload. This process can take
from four months to possibly a year, depending on which county your arrest
took place in.
The State has Prosecutors working to build their case against you. It is
important to have a skilled
criminal defense attorney working to defend you! Call the
Law Office of Robert L. Booker today, and let us discuss your case with you.