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Being accused of a violent crime is a daunting and life-altering experience. Individuals facing such accusations may be unsure what to expect from the legal system. Here is some insight into the legal process for those accused of violent crimes, offering a basic overview of the steps involved.

Arrest and Booking

The legal process for individuals accused of violent crimes typically begins with an arrest. Law enforcement authorities detain the accused based on probable cause, often involving witness statements, physical evidence, or police investigations. After the arrest, the individual is booked into a local jail or detention facility, where personal information is recorded, and the charges are officially filed. This is when the accused should seek representation by an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney like Jeffery P. Manciagli.

Initial Appearance

Following the arrest and booking, the accused is brought before a judge for an initial appearance. During this hearing, the judge informs the accused of the charges against them, their legal rights, and the potential consequences of the charges. The judge may also address bail or bond conditions, which can vary depending on the severity of the alleged crime and the individual’s criminal history.

Bail or Bond

In cases where bail or bond is granted, the accused may secure their release from custody by posting a specified amount of money or collateral. Bail serves as a financial guarantee that the accused will appear in court for future proceedings. Failure to appear may result in forfeiture of the bail and additional charges.

Preliminary Hearing or Grand Jury

Depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of the alleged crime, the next step may involve a preliminary hearing or a grand jury proceeding. These processes determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Witnesses may be called to testify in a preliminary hearing, and evidence is presented to the judge.


The arraignment is a critical stage of the legal process, during which the accused enters a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If the accused pleads not guilty, the case proceeds to trial. The court will schedule a sentencing hearing if a guilty or no-contest plea is entered.

Pretrial Proceedings

Before trial, there are often pretrial proceedings, including motions, discovery, and plea negotiations. The prosecution and defense may file motions to address legal issues or evidence admissibility. Discovery involves the exchange of evidence between the parties, and plea negotiations may lead to a plea agreement if both sides agree to the terms.


If a plea agreement is not reached, the case proceeds to trial. During the trial, the prosecution presents evidence, witnesses testify, and the defense can cross-examine witnesses and present its case. A judge or jury will ultimately determine the accused’s guilt or innocence.


A separate sentencing hearing is held if the accused is found guilty or pleads guilty. At this stage, the judge considers various factors, including the nature of the crime, the defendant’s criminal history, and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances. The judge then imposes a sentence, which can include incarceration, probation, fines, or other penalties.

Understanding the legal process for those accused of violent crimes is essential. Legal representation is critical, as it ensures that the accused’s rights are protected and that they receive a fair trial. The process can be emotionally and financially draining, but a knowledgeable defense attorney can provide guidance and advocacy throughout the proceedings. If you are accused of a violent crime in Georgia, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight your case. Contact our team at the office of Jeffery P. Manciagli, Attorney at Law in Atlanta, GA, to talk to discuss your violent crime case.

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