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Understanding the Criminal Process

Understanding the Criminal Process

This is an introduction to the criminal process for victims and their families and will describe the relevant victim rights along the way. Throughout the entire criminal process, victims have the right (under California Constitution, Article I, Section 28(b)) to be treated with fairness and respect for his or her privacy and dignity, and to be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse, and to be reasonably protected from the defendant and persons acting on behalf of the defendant.

 

Before Charges Are Filed

 

From Charges to Court

 

Initial Hearing/Arraignment

 

 

Pre-Trial

 

Trial

 

Sentencing

 

Post-Sentencing

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