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CA Criminal Procedure Flow Chart

Felonies Misdemeanors Sentencing Guilty or No Contest Plea Found Not Guilty Not Guilty Plea Sentencing Found Guilty Mistrial/Hung Jury (Case can be retried, plea bargained, or... Court Trial Jury Trial Felony Disposition/Readiness Conference (i.e., Plea Bargaining) Arraignment Sentencing Guilty or No Contest Plea Defendant Bound Over for Trial (by Stipulation or Hearing) Charges Dismissed Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor Felony Disposition/Readiness Conference (i.e., Plea Bargaining) Not Guilty Plea; Preliminary Hearing Confirmed Preliminary Hearing (a.k.a., Probable Cause Hearing) Sentencing Found Guilty Mistrial/Hung Jury (Case can be retried, plea bargained, or... Found Not Guilty Court Trial Jury Trial Sentencing Guilty or No Contest Plea Plea Remains Not Guilty Trial Setting/Disposition/Readiness Conference (i.e., Plea... Sentencing Guilty or No Contest Plea Not Guilty Plea Arraignment Arraignment True Bill of Indictment Returned No Indictment Returned Case Taken to Grand Jury Prosecutor Files a Complaint Case Rejected; No Charges Files Case Sent Back for Further Investigation Prosecutor Reviews Case Defendant Arrested Defendant Named as Suspect (not Arrested) Police Investigate Crime Crime Committed

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