Timeline of a Felony Case

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The Life of a Federal Felony Case

Western District of Washington


 
Initial Arrest or Voluntary Surrender
 
Consult with Asst. Federal Defender
 
Meet with Pretrial Services
 
 
Possible Investigation or Social Work
Approximately 14-30 Days (Can be extended)
Approximately 6-12 months (or Longer)
ACQUITTAL
 
Initial Appearance
 
Arraignment
 
Discovery and Motions
 
Investigation & Plea Negotiations
 
 
Trial
Guilty Plea
 
 
 
1. Advised of Charges
2. Detention/Release
3. Appt. of Counsel
 
Approximately
3-6 months
   
  • Plea Agreement
  • Cooperation
Approximately 90 Days
Possible Appeal
Conviction
 
Presentence Interview
 
Sentencing
   
 
Remand or Voluntary Surrender
 
 
Mitigation Work
 
Probation or Non-Custody
 
Prison Term
 
Term of Imprisonment
Supervised Release