Criminal justice process
The criminal justice system is made up of law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the judge and jury.
Here are the main steps in the criminal justice process for crimes that are punishable by at least one year and one day in a state prison (adult felonies). For information about adult, non-felony cases consult the city attorney for the city where the crime happened. For juvenile case information, review the juvenile justice system overview.
The description of the process is not legal advice and does not cover every case or situation.