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DISPOSITION OF A CASE THAT
GOES TO TRIAL
Trials can be in front of a judge or
a jury. The prosecutor will present
evidence to try to show that the
defendant is guilty, and then the
defendant's lawyer can present
evidence to try to show that the
defendant is innocent. The judge
or jury will then decide his guilt or
innocence. If the defendant is
found to be not guilty, then he is
free to go and the records of his
arrest should be erased. If the
defendant is found to be guilty,
then he will be sentenced.
What can victims do during
this time?
You may be a witness in the
case. If the defendant is found
guilty, then you can write to
the prosecutor handling the
case or make an oral statement
in court before the judge
decides what the sentence will
be.