Perhaps you have been charged with a Federal Felony, and you are wondering what processes you should expect to experience in your case.
Federal cases generally take a long time to be resolved. One to two years is a common duration for such cases. The first thing that happens is usually the bail hearing. The defense and the judge can usually agree on an appropriate bail amount, but the prosecutor may disagree. In that case, the bail hearing will continue until an appropriate bail is agreed upon and set.
Next, the discovery process begins. In discovery, your lawyer will learn what evidence and proof is against you. At this time, your lawyer should also be gathering evidence and witnesses to support your version of the events.
After the discovery process, there is preparation for a trial or plea. If there is a trial, it usually takes place approximately a year from the date you were charged. The duration of the trial itself can range from several days to even four or five months. If the trial results in your acquittal, you go home. If there is a guilty verdict, the sentencing process follows, and it usually takes place two or three months after the trial. It may take a day or two.
This is only a general overview. The specifics of your situation will have impact on the duration of the processes in your case. If you are charged with a Federal Felony, it is important to have a lawyer who is experienced in successfully defending against Federal Felony charges.