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If someone gets indicted for a crime, what happens next? How long until they are sentenced?

Saw someone I knew in the paper for putting a camera in rooms at a tanning salon. They were inicted by a grand jury. We were talking about and just wanted to know.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Oct. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I am not sure if that would vary from state to state. You could probably google your state laws and see if something is there or look at your local police department website and see if the info is there. Sorry, I can't help but I would like to know the answer.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 11:41 PM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • After indictment it dependson how they plea. If it's guilty then they can go straight to sentencing. How long that takes depends on if their case is heard by just a judge or if the opt for being heard by a judge and a jury. If they plead not guilty then they have to go through trial to see if they are convicted and then it goes to sentencing. It can take a really long time depending on how many cases the state has at the time and which ones are priority.

    Answer by SkylaDarling at 11:45 PM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • Im taking a criminal justice course and I just got through studying this. in this case of course it depends on the crime you have to go through a seris of steps befor the sentencing will take place witch if its not bad enough it could take years. Here are the steps.
    2.Preliminaty Hearing
    3.Grand Jury Proceeding
    In each of these cases the jury or attorney or whoever is in charge has to see fit that there is enough evidence for it to go to the next stage. so it will be a while.

    Answer by EliasMommyDec09 at 11:49 PM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • You have a right to a speedy trial. But sometimes defense attorney's don't want this and will ask for more time. So mostly it depends on what the lawyers ask for before a judge and the decision the judge makes as to when it will go to trial.

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 1:45 AM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • On felony charges, your right to a speedy trial is within 1 year of the indictment. Now once the proceedings have begun,they can do a lot of screwing around to drag that out.

    Answer by ecodani at 1:57 AM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • My court hearing aganist my stepdad will be ayear in feb , we will get to trial an he will plea deal then when that hearing comes he changes his mind an will want to go to trial so hes dragging it out .

    Answer by davecswife at 3:37 AM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • it totally depends. No set time. It could be years. the indictment is just the first step

    Answer by BigfordBrat at 7:32 AM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • the time it takes to reach the conclusion of a case has to many different variables from what is the crime to how much evidence is there against the person? how much can they bring to defend themselves etc. it can literaly take YEARS.

    Answer by BlacksheepSati at 11:12 AM on Oct. 17, 2010

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