What Are The Typical Steps In A Criminal Proceeding In Maryland?
Generally, arraignment, discovery and investigation, then trial.
Maryland criminal cases are handled in two different court systems. District Court for less serious offenses, and Circuit Court for more serious offenses. With Circuit Court, the process generally starts with an arraignment. That's where the charges are formally read to a defendant. There's then a pre-trial period where discovery is obtained from the State, investigation occurs, and defenses are fleshed out. Ultimately, there's a trial and if the trial is unsuccessful, potentially an appeal.