By: T.C. Kelley
Takeaway: Although each case is unique, criminal charges tend to follow a pretty familiar path through the justice system.
Although the details vary, every state and the federal government follows the same basic procedure for processing a criminal case. This article will help you understand the broad outline of how criminal charges move through the criminal justice system. If you are charged with a crime, you should consult a criminal defense lawyer to learn how your case will proceed in the court that hears it.