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Secretos del sistema de justicia penal de Texas y sus derechos

When law enforcement officials arrest you for an offense, you may begin going through the legal proceedings necessary to resolve your case. These do not always have to end negatively. When a Dallas criminal defense lawyer intercedes in your case, you may have a better chance of effectively defending yourself against any charges.

Under the rules of due process, any defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the high standard of proof that the prosecution must provide based on strong facts. A skilled trusted Dallas criminal defense lawyer may be able to cast enough doubt on the evidence to resolve the case to your advantage.

El proceso de prueba de la culpabilidad

Convicting individuals of any criminal offense is a multi-step process. Before an arrest, law enforcement authorities must gather the necessary evidence to establish probable cause for your arrest. After establishing probable cause, police may arrest an individual who is suspected of committing offenses.

Acusación y comparecencia

Next, the state will file formal charges against the accused individual and the court will schedule an arraignment. This is a brief hearing at which the judge informs the individual of the charges against them and allows them to enter a formal plea to the charges: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. In most cases, an individual should plead not guilty to give their Dallas criminal defense attorneys a chance to develop defenses and strategies to fight the charges.

Diligencias previas y negociación de los cargos y la condena

The court will then schedule pretrial conferences and hearings for the case. These hearings allow the prosecution and the defense to meet and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case. They also may resolve issues with the evidence and negotiate potential plea bargains, if necessary.

Trial Proceedings in Dallas Criminal Cases

Si las dos partes no pueden llegar a un acuerdo aceptable, el juez programará el caso para un juicio. La duración del juicio depende de la naturaleza del caso y la complejidad de los cargos contra el individuo, pero un juicio suele proceder de la siguiente manera:

  • Selección del jurado que oirá y decidirá el caso
  • Presentación de pruebas por parte de la acusación, que pueden incluir declaraciones de testigos, fotografías, grabaciones y otros elementos.
  • Presentación de pruebas por la defensa
  • Alegatos finales de la acusación y la defensa

Following the trial, the jury will meet to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant based on the evidence. The jury in a criminal trial must issue a unanimous verdict. If even one juror does not agree with the verdict, it is a “hung jury” and the judge will declare a mistrial. The prosecution must then decide whether to retry the case.

If the jury returns a “not guilty” verdict, the defendant is free to leave the courtroom and is not convicted of any criminal offense.

Sentencias por delitos penales

Si el jurado emite un veredicto de "culpable", el juez debe seguir las directrices estatales para sentenciar al individuo por el delito. El juez también tendrá en cuenta factores como los antecedentes penales de la persona, su nivel de remordimiento y la aceptación de responsabilidades, así como la gravedad del delito. Si procede, la persona cumplirá cualquier pena de prisión que forme parte de la sentencia.

Look to a Dallas Criminal Attorney for Assistance

While legal proceedings typically follow the steps outlined above, there may be variations from one jurisdiction to the next. As a result, consulting a trusted criminal defense lawyer may give you more detailed information about impending legal proceedings.

All individuals have the right to a strong defense when facing criminal charges. When the potential penalties for an offense are severe. An experienced criminal defense attorney could assist you in building a defense and fighting back against the accusations against you.

For more information on this topic please reach out to our experts from the Texas Criminal Defense Group at (866) 557-4343 or through our contact page.