Massachusetts Criminal Process
Overview of the criminal process.
 Police or government agency sees a crime in progress Police or government agency believes person is a criminal or citizen makes complaint but police did not see crime.
 1) Arrest May apply to the court for a magistrate hearing who may issue a criminal complaint.
 2) Interrogation resulting in:
-Confession
-Breath Test
-Blood Test
 Police may "drop" a warrant for persons arrest.
3) In state court, Police must call magistrate to set bail  1) Arrested.
4) Arraignment: next business day or that day. DA can ask for bail.  2) Arraignment: next business day or that day. DA can ask for bail.
5) Pre-Trial Conference  In certain circumstances, government can proceed by way of a grand jury which can vote on indictments.
6) Motions: Discovery, dispositive e.g. suppress  If indicted in federal court, government can request a "detainer:" a bail.
7) Status Conference  
8) Trial
-District- 6 Man
-Superior- 12 Man
 



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