What happens in a trial?
In a trial, the prosecutor (from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office), presents the case for the state and has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did commit the alleged crime. The defendant may present evidence, although he has no obligation to do so. Furthermore the defendant may not be compelled to testify. The trial may be either before a judge, or before a jury.

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1. What to do if contacted by the Defendant:
2. What is a subpoena?
3. What is an arrest warrant?
4. What happens to the person accused of a crime?
5. What is the purpose of bail?
6. What if I change my mind about prosecuting or testifying?
7. How are witnesses called?
8. What if someone threatens me to drop the charges?
9. What if the defense attorney contacts me about the case?
10. Can I be compensated for losses I have suffered as a victim?
11. What’s in it for me?
13. What is a preliminary hearing?
14. What does a victim or witness do in a preliminary hearing?
15. Are witnesses permitted to be in the courtroom before and after testifying?
16. How does a case get dismissed?
17. What is a deposition?
18. What happens in a trial?
19. How and when is sentencing determined?
20. Does the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office really care about me?