This guide is intended to walk you through what will happen if you are arrested for a felony in Hamilton County, beginning with the initial arrest and continuing all the way through the trial.
Felonies are the most serious crimes. They run from 1st degree (most serious) to 5th degree and carry a potential penalty ranging from 6 months in a state penitentiary to life imprisonment or even death. The Supreme Court has put together this felony sentencing guide.
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The prosecutor will present the case against you to a Grand Jury. These sessions are secret. Neither you nor your attorney will be there.
After about 10 days, the Grand Jury will return one of three verdicts:
Indict as charged: you are formally charged with a felony
Amend the charges to misdemeanors: if there is not enough evidence to charge you with a felony
Ignore or No Bill: case is dismissed due to lack of evidence.
This does not mean they could not charge you later when they have more evidence. "Double Jeopardy" does not apply to indictments.
Disposition Scheduling Conference
Plea or Trial Setting
Attorney Erik Laursen of Laursen & Lucas (laursenlucas.com) walks you through, step by step, what will happen, identifies your rights, and gives a little lawyer-ly advice should you find yourself arrested in Hamilton County, Ohio.