Unless you have been arrested and charged with a crime before, you likely have no idea what to expect from the process ahead of you. Even if you have been arrested before, the process may be different if you were previously charged with a misdemeanor and now you are charged with a felony. In order to fully understand what to expect after an arrest, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help with bond reduction, getting you out of jail. A lawyer can ensure that your constitutional rights are protected during the investigation and any hearings or trial. Perhaps most importantly, your defense attorney can give you the counsel necessary to make the wisest decisions regarding your case--whether that means negotiating a plea for a lower sentence or vigorously defending your innocence before a jury. Until you contact a lawyer about the specific details of your case, the following infographic gives you an idea of what you may expect in a criminal case, from the arrest through trial. Contact us for more information or for a confidential, risk-free consultation with an experienced defense lawyer.