Matters working their way though the criminal justice system can take time. Knowing what to expect at different stages of the process can help individuals prepare for their case and deal with the charges against them.
If you are charged with a criminal offence you will need to appear in court. In some cases it may be possible to have the matter resolved outside of court through the use of Alternative Measures.
Individuals charged with a criminal offence may be released on bail or may have a bail hearing to argue for their release. Individuals are not held in custody while their matter is being dealt with unless there are good reasons for holding them.
Individuals who have been charged with a crime will have many decisions to make as their case proceeds to court. Understanding the process can help you prepare for your first appearance and those that follow.
In most cases individuals who are sentenced to jail may be released before their entire sentence has been served. Their release may be subject to a number of conditions and they will have a criminal record.