California Criminal Process: the PreFile Stage
- I haven’t been arrested, but may be in trouble. Should I contact a lawyer now?
- If I am arrested, what will happen?
- Do I have to talk to the police?
- Can I be released from jail without having to pay bail?
- What’s the difference between a Misdemeanor and Felony?
- What happens at the first court appearance?
- What happens after the Arraignment?