The Sacramento criminal defense attorneys of Spodek Law Group fight for charge reductions or dismissals in felony, misdemeanor, and infraction matters throughout Sacramento County. We also serve areas we surrounding Sacramento, including Citrus Heights, Galt, Elk Grove, Folsom, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, etc.
Our criminal defense and DUI team provide a wide array of legal services to our clients in Sacramento, including:
Our highly skilled lawyers defend against every type of Sacramento DUI and criminal charge, from traffic tickets to first degree felonies. Cases we frequently work on include:
Information on the City of Sacramento Police, Jail and Court
Individuals who are arrested by Sacramento police officers are held at the Sacramento County Main Jail, which is at 651 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 874-6752.
You can look up inmate information by clicking here.
Criminal cases are heard at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse, which is located at 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 874-5522.
The Sacramento Criminal Court Process
In general, the criminal court process begins with a person getting arrested and booked in jail. Barring scenarios in which the defendant is perceived as a flight-risk, a public safety-risk, or is suspected of an extremely serious charge such as murder, the jail will usually see fit to release him or her on bail. In some cases, defendants can even get released without paying anything. This is a release on own recognizance (OR release).
Bench Warrants in Sacramento Criminal Cases
A defendant who is released from jail is required to appear at all their future court dates without fail. In some cases, if they have a private attorney, the attorney can appear on their behalf. A defendant who skips court will have a bench warrant issued for their arrest. You should be aware that bench warrants never expire. To get the warrant recalled, the defendant or their attorney would need to file a motion asking for a court hearing to quash the warrant. The judge has full discretion over whether to grant this hearing and to recall the warrant. Judges generally do unless hold the hearing unless that particular defendant has a history of missing court.
Once the defendant gets formally charged at the arraignment hearing, the prosecutor will then make an offer to the defendant or the defense attorney. The defense can counter the offer with their preferred terms. This is the process of the plea bargain. In the majority of cases, both sides manage to come to an agreement, and both parties can avoid going to trial.
The court will assign a public defender to any defendant who cannot pay for his o rher own private attorney.
The Preliminary Hearing in Sacramento Criminal Cases
Felony cases have an extra step that misdemeanor cases don’t have. Unless the case settles first, there will be a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary hearing, prosecutors bring their evidence to the court demonstrating that the state has enough evidence to keep pressing charges. If the judge agrees that eh evidence is sufficient, the case can proceed. On the other hand, if the judge believes the state’s case is too weak, the charges are dismissed. The exception to this rule is that if a grand jury indicted the defendant, then the defendant may not have a preliminary hearing.
Generally, defendants prefer to take a plea than to take the risk of going to trial. After entering the plea, the court will hand down whatever sentence the District Attorney and defense attorney agreed to as part of the agreement. Alternatively, if the defendant gets convicted at trial, the judge is less likely to take the defendant’s wishes under consideration at sentencing.
Reach out to our criminal defense lawyers for legal advice. At Spodek Law Group, we offer free consultations.
Have you or your loved one been arrested on criminal charges in the Sacramento area? The Sacramento criminal defense team at Spodek Law Group have many years of experience with getting criminal offenses lessened or dropped completely for our clients.
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