After a Shooting: The Legal Process Begins
You’re out of custody, but you’re not out of the woods. You won’t have your firearm, and there may be some bond conditions. The cops are confident enough to let you out of custody. This is a good sign — but you may need to go back in to give another statement.
Don’t Go It Alone — Call an Attorney!
Call your attorney first! You have not failed to give them certain details. They are calling to look at you. It’s important to know that there may be a time gap depending on the schedules of the responding officers or district attorneys.
If the prosecutor decides to file charges, the legal process begins with intake court. This is where you will learn your state statutes. The basic details — who, what, where, when, why — will be laid out, and the judge will decide if it goes to trial. This initial appearance will just be to determine bail and probable cause and to formally charge you.
What Is Your Attorney Up To?
After step one, your attorney may not have immediate access to the evidence. He or she will be filing paperwork in order to receive the evidence. The court will have a “reasonable amount of time” to produce this.
In the meantime, you may have several court dates every three to six weeks. Hopefully, though, the judge will be giving you and your attorney time to sort through your defense. A relatively easy case can last up to seven months. A felony case can last seven to 14 months. Generally, the defense wants more time to work through the details and give the bad guy a chance to slip up.