The San Marcos Hays County Criminal Justice system typically begins when an officer observes or is informed of a crime, thereby establishing probable cause to make an arrest. Once the arrest is made, the arrested person is either taken into custody (jail or local holding cell) or is cited and released with a written promise to appear in court to answer to the charge (often done on lesser charges).
From the arrest, depending on whether the defendant is in or out of custody, a criminal case can take different routes to the first formal court date, which is called an arraignment. If in custody, a defendant will be taken before a magistrate to determine the amount of bail before being given an arraignment. As mentioned above, if a San Marcos Hays County defendant is out of custody and given a promise to appear, that individual will merely show up for the scheduled court date in San Marcos Hays County .
San Marcos Hays County, After Arraignment
At a San Marcos Hays County arraignment , a defendant will verify his or her identity to the court, be informed of the charges, and enter a plea. The plea to be entered can be guilty, not guilty, or no contest, although a no contest plea is generally reserved for civil type cases (since it deals only with liability and has no bearing on a criminal plea, being considered the equivalent of a guilty plea for all criminal purposes).
Even if a San Marcos Hays County defendant has intentions of pleading guilty, it is almost always a better option to plead not guilty while the criminal defense lawyer completes not only a review of all the legal documents and police reports, but also has a chance to conduct investigation.
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