I know that’s not the answer you’re looking for. I understand your anxiety, and the desire you have at the moment to acquire some knowledge to put your mind at ease, but unfortunately there is no standard answer. As every legal issue, (criminal or civil) is completely unique unto itself.
Unless it’s a landmark case, just because you know someone whose case turned out a certain way means absolutely nothing. Criminal cases can turn on a dime, with different details, issues, people and jurisdictions. Criminal law is a human business, and it has all the imperfections and inconsistencies found in every social dynamic.
What I can offer you is this. While you’re in a hurry to get this thing over with as soon as possible, you need to be patient. As criminal cases tend to get better with age. I know patience may be a very counterintuitive position for you or a family at the moment but, it’s necessary.
Typically there are eight stages to a criminal matter.
Grand Jury Phase:
Motion and Hearings Phase:
95% of all Criminal matters in the United States end in a plea bargain. Thus, trials are rare and can be very costly. The length of time that it takes to complete a case depends on the jurisdiction. That is, a busy District Attorney and a Court with a very active calendar will cause your case to slow down even in plea situations.
If you are charged with a crime or believe you may be the subject of an investigation, you need competent legal representation to protect your rights, answer your questions, and obtain the best possible outcome. Call my office today to schedule a free, in person confidential consultation.