Steps in the Federal Criminal Process

Important steps in the federal criminal process:

  1. Investigation
  2. Charging
  3. Initial Hearing/Arraignment
  4. Discovery
  5. Plea Bargaining
  6. Preliminary Hearing
  7. Pre-Trial Motions
  8. Trial
  9. Post-Trial Motions
  10. Sentencing
  11. Appeal

For more information regarding the federal criminal process, the federal rules for criminal cases can be found in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which govern all aspects of criminal trials.

Please note, the steps you will find here are not exhaustive. Some cases will be much simpler, and others will include many more steps and be very complex. If you would like to better understand how (or if) the information presented here applies to your case, please contact The Gracey Law Firm.